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.
Sophia joined 2 Dr Johnson's Buildings in October 2016 for pupillage. Sophia has a mixed criminal and family practice. She has appeared on behalf of the prosecution and defence in the magistrate court, youth court and crown court.
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 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 BP (The Magistrates Court at Medway) Represented a respondent in an application for a sexual risk order.
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.