Sophie Naftalin is a partner in our police law department specialising in civil actions against the police and other public authorities.
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 also brings claims against public authorities arising out of historic child abuse.
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, the Centre for Women’s Justice and the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL). She is a former board member of Newham Monitoring Project.
"Sophie is superb.""She is very committed and good at pushing the other side to get the best possible result for her clients."
Chambers and partners 2021
"A clever, talented, hard-working, thorough and caring lawyer."
Chambers and Partners 2020