Sophie Naftalin is a solicitor in our police law department specialising in civil actions against the police.
Sophie has expertise in all aspects of litigation relating to the criminal justice system and issues of human rights. She represents bereaved families in inquest proceedings arising out of state failings and has extensive experience in assisting clients in navigating their way through the police complaints process.
Sophie’s caseload has a strong emphasis on representing victims of violence against women and girls, in particular domestic violence, domestic homicide, trafficking and sexual violence and abuse. She has experience in seeking accountability for victims and their families by way of civil claims, inquest proceedings, judicial review, CICA claims and in other investigative processes such as domestic homicide reviews.
Sophie has brought criminal appeals on behalf of refugees and victims of trafficking who have been wrongfully convicted of offences following incorrect legal advice. She also brings professional negligence claims against solicitors who give incorrect criminal advice in that context.
Prior to qualifying as a solicitor, Sophie was an accredited police station representative and she continues to draws on her criminal defence experience in her civil work.
Sophie gives training for Legal Action Group on police complaints and actions against the police.
Sophie is a member of Police Action Lawyers Group, Inquest Lawyers Group and the Centre for Women’s Justice. She is a former board member of Newham Monitoring Project.