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Sophie Cartwright

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Sophie Cartwright - Deans Court Chambers


  • Blackburn College
  • Warwick University (LLB)
  • Inns of Court School of Law
  • Salford University (MA: Health and Safety and Environmental Law)


  • Assistant Coroner (North Derbyshire) [2012]

Professional Associations

  • Health and Safety Lawyers Association
  • Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
  • Criminal Bar Association


On completion of her Masters in Health and Safety and Environmental Law Sophie’s practice developed significantly into the regulatory and disciplinary fields with regular instructions from the GMC, Local Councils, the HSE, FSA and companies.

Sophie has an extensive Inquest practice, regularly appearing at Inquest to represent Local Authorities, Companies, NHS Trusts and Entities, Prisons, Fire and Rescue Services, CQC, Transport Providers, Ambulance Services and Families.

In particular Sophie has acted in many complex Article 2 inquests and has also acted as Counsel to the Inquest.

Sophie’s practice also encompasses work in the areas of Judicial Review, Health and Social Care Regulation and in the Court of Protection.

Sophie is top ranked in Chambers UK 2016 in the area of Professional Discipline and also ranked in Administrative and Public Law. Sophie is also ranked as a Leading Junior by Legal 500 for the Regional Bar in the area of Regulatory and Health and Safety.

Notable Cases

  • Court of Appeal

    The Queen on the application of Sreedharan v HM Coroner for the County of Greater Manchester and others, Court of Appeal [2013] EWCA Civ 181

  • Judicial Review

    The Queen on the Application of Augustine Housing Trust v Bolton Magistrates Court [2013] EWHC 4399 (Admin), 2014 WL 287665

  • Court of Protection

    R (on the application of C) v A Local Authority et al [2011] All ER (D) 171 (Jun) Neutral Citation: [2011] EWHC 1539 (Admin) 

    Court of Protection and Administrative Court decision dealing with breaches of Article 3, 5 and 8.

    Inquest Law Issue 19 2010 pp 19-20

    Inquest Law Issue 20 2010 pp 36-37

What the directories say

Revered for her knowledge of coronial law. She frequently acts for interested parties, coroners and NGOs in inquests and judicial reviews which determine the boundaries of coronial law. "Encyclopaedic knowledge of the law, sound judgement and extremely good at dealing with people."

Chambers UK, 2017

Experienced prosecutor on behalf of the GMC and handler of high-profile public inquiry police cases. Her professional discipline practice also takes in the representation of individual professionals, local authorities and NHS trusts. "She has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the relevant area of law. She has sound judgement and is extremely good at dealing with people." "She is extremely knowledgeable in relation to healthcare crime and regulation. A team player who impresses clients with a personable manner and effective advocacy."

Chambers UK, 2017

Renowned for her expertise in inquests. She is frequently engaged in judicial review proceedings challenging the scope of inquests and the conduct of coroners. She routinely acts for local authorities and healthcare trusts in challenges against policy and decisions. "Hard-working, well informed and well prepared." "A lawyer with a very good grasp of the law, she is a persuasive advocate who is strong in negotiations." "Really good with clients and witnesses."

Chambers UK, 2017

'She has an ability to put clients at ease in very stressful situations'

Legal 500, 2016

Well regarded for her regulatory and public law work, with particular experience in community care and healthcare matters. She frequently acts on behalf of NHS trusts, local authorities and companies. She also represents healthcare bodies and doctors in judicial reviews. (Administrative & Public Law) "She's a very approachable person and very good with clients." "She's very good technically and gets a good grasp on the case. She always goes that extra mile to help with cases."

Chambers UK, 2016

Handles regulatory and disciplinary matters on behalf of local councils, the GMC, FSA and ICO. She has particular experience of inquests involving the death of a child or vulnerable adult. (Professional Discipline) "She's very capable and very effective at cross examining. She is very good at putting vulnerable witnesses and patients at ease while ensuring the best evidence is obtained." "She is an advocate of the highest standard. She is intelligent, able, hard working and meticulous; a credit to the chambers."

Chambers UK, 2016

'Able to explain the key aspects of the case succinctly' (Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing)

Legal 500, 2015

Acts on behalf of clinical commissioning groups, foundation trusts, local authorities and individual doctors in judicial review proceedings. She is also experienced in handling medical inquests. "She is very confident, very competent and very knowledgeable. She's a very experienced advocate."

Chambers UK, 2015

Regularly represents the GMC in professional discipline cases. She also has experience in inquests and public law work, and is frequently instructed by NHS trusts and local authorities.

Chambers UK, 2015

‘Regularly acts for local authorities, NHS Trusts and prisons during inquests.’ (Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing)

Legal 500, 2014

'is regularly instructed by major transport companies.'

Legal 500, 2014

"She is very good at dealing with the technical issues that arise during a case, and she is excellent at dealing with clients. She quickly grasps the key issues and goes out of her way to make herself accessible to us and to the client." - Public and Administrative Law

Chambers UK, 2014

"She is excellent with clients, and really helps to put them at ease." - Professional Discipline

Chambers UK, 2014

“is recommended for inquest work”

Legal 500, 2012

'is recommended for complex inquests and Court of Protection matters'

Legal 500, 2011

'Highly recommended for complex inquest instructions.'

Legal 500, 2010

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