Sophie Garner > Chambers of Richard Atkins KC > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Richard Atkins KC
St Philips Chambers
B2 5LS


Sophie is an experienced specialist in employment and discrimination law whose caseload encompasses the full range of employment and discrimination disputes in the Employment Tribunal, EAT and County or High Court. Her personable manner and tenacity in ‘against the odds’ cases are characteristics that are often commented upon favourably by lay and professional clients. She particularly enjoys claims involving novel points of discrimination law. As well as currently being a specialist employment/discrimination practitioner, Sophie also has commercial and property experience. She lectures regularly both in-house and externally on employment and discrimination law and was called to give evidence on behalf of the Discrimination Law Association in November 2012 to the select committee on Women in the Workplace. Through her extensive experience of voluntary work as a charity trustee/director, Sophie has gained a wide knowledge and understanding of corporate and organisational operations and qualified as a company secretary (ACIS) in 2002. She was nominated as one of the Attorney General’s ‘Pro-Bono Heroes’ for 2009. Sophie is a member of St Philips ADR Group.


Called 1990, Middle Temple. Accredited commercial mediator CEDR, 2000; ADR Group, 2009; accredited workplace mediator, globis, 2011. Patron of the ‘Amicus’ Charity since 2012.


Association of Midland Mediators; Discrimination Law Association (executive committee member); Employment Lawyers Association; Employment Law Bar Association; associate of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries.


1989 LLB (Hons); 2002 ACIS.

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Employment

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Sophie GarnerSt Philips Chambers ‘Sophie is adept at dealing with complex employment matters and explaining in a way that clients are able to understand. She goes the extra mile when instructed.’ 

St Philips Chambers has a ‘vast employment department’ with ‘a large number of counsel available at varying levels of expertise’. ‘Outstanding employment law expert’ Edmund Beever heads the department and recently handled a case related to fraudulent accounting and whistleblowing dismissal. Sophie Garner is ‘extremely able and a superb communicator’ and recently successfully defended a high-profile academy against claims of whistleblowing and disability discrimination. Elizabeth Hodgetts is always ‘methodical and thorough’ and recently secured a favourable verdict for a university in a case involving claim of unfair dismissal by a former warden and lecturer.