Sophie Lambert

Associate, CILEX

Sophie Lambert is an Associate in the Family Department and specialises in children’s law matters, representing parents in both complex private law children disputes and public law care proceedings, who frequently undertakes her own advocacy. Sophie is also experienced in cases with an international element, being a Resolution Accredited Specialist in Child Abduction and Private Children Law, and a member of the ICACU Accredited Solicitors panel.

Sophie is known for her sensitive, supportive and pragmatic approach and works hard at fostering good working relationships with clients. She is known for going the extra mile to ensure the best outcome possible for them and has been described as “very professional, doesn’t overpromise and gives a realistic view on the likely outcomes and processes”. Sophie has experience in dealing with complex factual and legal issues including child abduction, international relocation, sexual abuse, parental alienation, intractable contact disputes and non-accidental injury or death and are conducted at all levels of the Court, including the High Court and in the Court of Appeal.

Sophie is a member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and Resolution, so therefore strives to conduct matters in a constructive and non-confrontational way. Sophie has worked in family law since 2011, before qualifying as a Chartered Legal Executive in 2016 so has many years of experience to draw upon when advising and supporting clients.

Sophie’s knowledge and skills were recently recognised when she was ranked a ‘Key Lawyer’ in the UK 2023 edition of The Legal 500. Sophie has been recognised for her strong reputation and calm approach in both public and private law children’s cases.

Sophie’s most notable reported cases:

  • Sophie and the firm were involved in R v P (Children: Similar Fact Evidence) [2020] EWCA Civ 1088 (18 August 2020) in which the Court clarified the correct test to be applied when the issue of propensity arises when there are similar facts in other related cases.
  • Sophie also acted in M (A Child) [2017] EWCA Civ 2445 which involved an appeal against a fact-finding judgement and determined what factors the trial Judge was entitled to consider and rely upon.
  • Sophie represented an interested party in Re G & H (Children: Placement for Adoption) [2023] EWFC 31 which had international elements and involved adoption of children following non accidental injuries suffered by the children.

What they say about Sophie

Sophie gives guidance on all possible outcomes and makes sure you’re aware of the situation…She knows what she was doing, knows the court system and has good relationships with the relevant people.
I’ve worked with Sophie for almost 3 years on the most complex and delicate matter. My child and her future. For the first part I was incredibly unwell and was truly unable to make any rational decisions so to have someone like Sophie and her team making sure I made all the right decisions at the time for the welfare of my child was absolutely imperative. When things took an unimaginable and unexpected turn for the worse I contacted Sophie to help me and from that very first call she put my mind at ease and explained the steps we would need to take. Throughout this entire process, I’ve not trusted anyone more and every single step has been managed and thought out to produce the desired outcome. Nothing was rushed and she consistently kept me going by being open, honest and reassuring that every decision made was the right one at the time, even when I was eager to make other ones. Without Sophie and her team behind me I really don’t know what I would have done, I’m always met with a friendly voice and never once did I feel like I wasn’t heard or my concerns were not dealt with. I can’t express my gratitude enough to Sophie she’s one of the most hard-working, kindest humans I’ve ever encountered and I can honestly say if I ever had to recommend a lawyer in this field to anyone it would be her! Three years of non-stop hard work and we achieved the result we wanted. She never rushed any of it and it’s because of that and her careful advice that I am now reunited with my child and able to live the life I always wanted and worked so hard for.
Thank you as always for the efficient and professional way you handled this transaction. I am very glad and will always recommend Freemans Solicitors as a competent and very reliable Law firm to my friend and families in future. Thank you Nathan and your team for a good job.

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