Qualifications, Awards and Appointments
2021: First barrister outside of London to be rated in The Legal 500 for specialisms in Defamation, Privacy and Data Protection (Tier 1 Leading Junior)
2020: Appointed to Attorney General’s Regional B-Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown
2019: Shortlisted by 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:
Tier 1, Leading Junior (2021): Media, Entertainment and Defamation
‘Extremely knowledgeable, approachable and tenacious in approach. She provides fantastic training’ (2021)
Tier 1, Leading Junior (2021): IT, Telecoms and Data Protection
‘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)
Tier 1, Leading Junior (2020): Personal Injury
‘Highly experienced’ (2020)
‘Always fights for her clients’ (2021)
Shortlisted for the Regional Junior Barrister of the Year (2019): Across All Practice Areas
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;
THE LEGAL 500 (2021)
- Tier 1, Leading Junior: Media, Entertainment and Defamation
‘Extremely knowledgeable, approachable and tenacious in approach. She provides fantastic training’
- Tier 1, Leading Junior: IT, Telecoms and Data Protection
‘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’
Sophie has gained a reputation for being the Northern go-to defamation junior. She undertakes the full range of Claimant and Defendant work. As Treasury Counsel, Sophie regularly acts for the Government and other public bodies (eg NHS, Police, CAFCASS) in sensitive data, privacy and human rights matters, often requiring anonymity orders. She had sole conduct of a defamation trial by jury at Leeds High Court. Sophie is able to provide urgent advice about injunctive relief in all aspects of defamation, privacy and harassment claims.
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:
X v Y (Anonymity Orders) – Obtained an emergency interim injunction for a successful businessman in a harassment, privacy and blackmail ‘kiss and tell’ case about the threatened release of a sex tape.
Pre-publication advice to the Home Office in relation to counter terrorism publications.
Representing the Judicial Conduct and Investigations Office in a data protection/GDPR trial, involving serious allegations against members of the judiciary in relation to their handling of data concerning a party to litigation.
Acting for the Claimant in Thackrey v the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police in a personal injury, privacy and data claim testing the law on suspect anonymity, where the police’s decision to publish (pre-charge) the name, photograph and information that the Claimant had sexually assaulted a minor caused the Claimant to receive threats to kill him by vigilante ‘paedophile hunter’ gangs. He suffered serious PTSD, attempted to take his own life and had to be sectioned under the Mental Health Act to protect himself. The alleged victim later retracted her allegations and accepted they were false.
Represented Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service in a claim involving the alleged mishandling, by the Court, of a litigant’s data in private family law proceedings.
Represented Cafcass in a defamation and privacy action concerning allegations made against a social worker in private family proceedings.
Application on behalf of the Ministry of Justice to strike out a defamation claim and human rights claim as an abuse of process, concerning the report of a probation officer.
Acting for the NHS, successfully striking out a claim in an alleged large scale data release claim concerning patient data and the effectiveness of ‘opt outs’.
Defending and 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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Sophie Mitchell, Defamation, Privacy and Harassment specialist, representing the Claimant/Applicant in a ‘kiss and tell’ case about the threatened release …by Sophie Mitchell
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Head of Chambers
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