Sophie Cartwright KC

Year of Call: 1998, Inner Temple

Kings Counsel: 2021

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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 and Inquiry practice.

Sophie regularly appears at Inquest to represent Families, Local Authorities, Companies, Care and Nursing Homes, NHS Trusts and Entities, Prisons, Fire and Rescue Services, CQC, Transport Providers and Ambulance Services.

In particular Sophie has acted in many complex Article 2 inquests and also regularly acts as Counsel to the Inquest. Sophie appeared as Counsel to the Inquiry in respect of the Manchester Arena Inquiry. Sophie has been appointed as one of the Silks to act as Counsel to the UK Covid-19 Inquiry chaired by The Right Honourable Baroness Heather Hallett DBE. Sophie is Counsel to the Andrew Malkinson Inquiry and the Jamal Uddin Inquiry. Sophie was Counsel to the Anthony Grainger Public Inquiry.

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 recognised as a Leader in the field in Chambers UK the Bar in the areas of :

  • Administrative and Public Law
  • Inquests and Inquiries

Sophie is also ranked by Legal 500 for the Regional Bar in the area of Inquest and Inquiry.


“Sophie is incredibly thorough; she is involved in high-profile matters and has been counsel to various inquiries.”

Chambers and Partners, 2024

Notable Cases

  • Maguire, R (on the application of) v His Majesty's Senior Coroner for Blackpool & Fylde & Anor [2023] UKSC 20 (21 June 2023)

    Supreme Court

  • 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

    Court of Appeal

  • Maguire, R (on the opplication of) v HM Senior Coroner for Blackpool & Fylde & Ors [2020] EWCA Civ 738 (10 June 2020)

  • R (Ture) v Senior Coroner for Manchester North [2022] EWCH 1027 (Admin)

    Judicial Review

  • William Leeson -v- Area Coroner for South Manchester [2023] EWHC 62 (Admin)

  • The Queen on the Application of Carwyn Jones v HM Senior Coroner for North Wales (East & Central) & Ors [2019 EWHC 1494 (Admin)

  • R (Maguire) v HM Senior Coroner for Blackpool and Fylde [2019] EWHC 1232 (Admin) 15 May 2019

  • Wilcock v HM Assistant Coroner for North Manchester [2019] EWHC 1325 (Admin)

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

  • 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

    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


  • Recorder 2018 (Northern Circuit)
  • Assistant Coroner 2012 (Derbyshire)
  • List of Specialist Regulatory Advocates in Health and Safety and Environmental Law (List A)
  • Former Regional A Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown
  • Bencher Inner Temple 2022

Professional Associations

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


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