Sophia Stapleton was called to the Bar of England & Wales at Lincoln's Inn in October 2015. Prior to starting pupillage, she worked at Thomson Reuters for Practical Law Employment where her work included writing current awareness updates, maintaining online resources and carrying out legal research. She enjoys a strong relationship with the company and continues to write their monthly update posts.
Sophia joined 2 Dr Johnson's Buildings in October 2016 for pupillage. She spent her first few months of pupillage shadowing barristers with expertise in Criminal and Family law. Sophia has represented clients in the Magistrates, Youth and Crown Courts.
Examples of recent work include:
- R v LK (The Crown Court at St Albans) Successful dismissal application of all charges including burglary, theft and conspiracy to conceal criminal property.
- R v RQ (The Magistrates Court at Medway) Represented a defendant charged with fraud by abuse of possession, resulting in a suspended sentence.
- R v R (The Youth Court at Willesden) Secured an acquittal in a trial involving GBH under joint enterprise, vulnerable witnesses and three defendants.
- R v KB (The Crown Court at Maidstone) Represented a defendant charged with assisting unlawful immigration (Press Coverage).
- R v SS (The Crown Court at Chelmsford) Prosecuted a sentence involving two charges of possession with intent to supply (Press Coverage).
Sophia won the inaugural ICLR pupillage award in 2016 and published her first post on the ICLR blog on her experience of pupillage applications and rejections. She was also awarded the Hubert Greenland Scholarship from Lincoln's Inn.
In 2014 Sophia entered the Times Advocacy competition, and was selected to compete in the final debate on the topic of political correctness, where she finished second.