Qualifications, Awards and Appointments
2020: Appointed to Attorney General’s Regional B-Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown
2019: Shortlisted by the The Legal 500 for the Regional Junior Barrister of the Year
2018: Appointed to Attorney General’s Regional C-Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown
2011: Pupillage at St Pauls Chambers
2010: Bar Vocational Course, Very Competent.
2010: The Lord Justice Holker Scholarship, (Major Award) Grays Inn
2009: Law LLB University of Leeds, First Class.
THE LEGAL 500 - Across all practice areas (2019)
Sophie Mitchell was shortlisted by The Legal 500 for the Regional Junior Barrister of the Year 2019.
THE LEGAL 500:
Media, Entertainment and Defamation.
Sophie Mitchell – St Paul’s Chambers ‘Extremely knowledgeable, approachable and tenacious in approach. She provides fantastic training.’ (2021 edition)
IT, Telecoms and Data Protection.
Sophie Mitchell – St Paul’s Chambers ‘Great efforts to prepare thoroughly and willing to work until the job is done, which instils confidence. An assured advocate in the face of challenging opposition.’ (2021 edition)
“Always fights for her clients” (2020)
“Highly experienced” (2019)
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Defamation, Privacy, Harassment (& other overlapping areas):
- Malicious Falsehood (and other economic torts);
- Harassment (criminal or civil);
- Data Protection;
- Misuse of Private Information (and Article 8 torts);
- Breach of Confidence;
- Human Rights;
- Malicious prosecution;
Sophie has gained a reputation for being the Northern go-to defamation junior. As Treasury Counsel, Sophie regularly acts for the Government and other public bodies (eg NHS, Police) in sensitive data, privacy and human rights matters. She had sole conduct of one of the only defamation trials by jury at Leeds High Court. Sophie is able to provide urgent advice about injunctive relief.
Sophie provides bespoke training to her instructing solicitors upon request.
Recent seminars include to the Leeds Law Society, October 2019: “Defamation, Privacy and Harassment – an Overview”.
Recent Case Examples:
Application on behalf of MOJ to strike out a defamation claim as an abuse of process
Successful strike-out hearing in a large scale data release case for the NHS.
Pre-publication advice to the Home Office.
Representing the Judicial Conduct and Investigations Office in a Data/ GDPR trial.
Regularly defending / advising the Ministry of Justice and the Police in misfeasance in public office and unlawful detention claims.
W v CC of X Police – urgently instructed to draft a defamation defence for the police, denying that a press release was defamatory; it was true, honest and published in the public interest. The case settled shortly after the defence had been served on the Claimant as he decided not to pursue his claim.
R v P – advised R, an elected, high-profile individual, following comments made in Parliament which were twisted by a whistle blower seeking to blackmail R.
D & Others in a Representative Capacity v S – acted for over 50 Claimants (corporate and personal) suffering harassment, advising on an urgent basis, drafting documents and successfully appearing in the High Court for an urgent injunction.
RD v IS – urgently advising and drafting a pleading in a harassment, defamation and contempt of court case.
KL v BN – advising RL in a malicious prosecution, defamation and harassment case, stemming from a former family law case.
S v L – advising on issues involving defamation, harassment and res judicata (relating to a potential prohibition on re-litigating matters previously litigated: cause of action estoppel, issue estoppel and Henderson v Henderson).
M v S – advised throughout the case and represented M at trial. M, a well-known international businessman, was accused of corruption. Sophie successfully pursued the case through to trial, resisting defences of truth, honest opinion and qualified privilege/public interest, securing M damages, a retraction / apology in his favoured terms and full costs on an indemnity basis.
D & Others v S – Acting for D & Others, a worldwide chain of companies and personal Claimants, suing for defamation, malicious falsehood, data protection/privacy breaches, following a social media campaign accusing them of fraud, falsely alleging that their products breached safety standards.
S v Y – Advising and successfully settling an action for S in defamation and under the Data Protection Act, a locksmith falsely named and shamed by a national newspaper as a burglar and one of the region’s ‘most wanted criminals’, preventing his ability to trade.
P v R – Advising P, maliciously accused of being a paedophile.
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Simon Bickler QC
Nigel Sangster QC
Richard Barraclough QC
Simon Myerson QC
Bryan Cox QC
Jane Bewsey QC
Sam Green QC
John Harrison QC
Jonathan Sandiford QC
Cameron Brown QC