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Chambers of James Counsell KC and Keith Bryant KC
Outer Temple Chambers
THE OUTER TEMPLE, 222 STRAND
LONDON
WC2R 1BA
England

Living Wage

Work Department

Business Crime and Financial Regulation, Professional Discipline and Regulation, Health and Safety, Sanctions & Export Controls

Position

Barrister specialising in Business Crime and Financial Regulation, Professional Discipline and Regulation, Health and Safety, Sanctions & Export Controls.

Career

Sophie O’Sullivan was called to the bar in 2011.

Sophie O’Sullivan specialises in business crime and professional regulation. Her practice encompasses: business crime; commercial fraud; asset forfeiturefinancial regulation and compliancesanctionsprofessional discipline; and health and safety

Sophie is ranked as a Leading Junior in Legal 500’s Financial Crime Sector. She is a member of the Attorney General’s Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown and the SFO’s International POCA panel. Sophie is a contributor to the 3rd edition of Lissack and Horlick on Bribery, the leading work on bribery and corruption offences.

Recent or extant work includes:

  • Instructed by a US-based law firm to represent an Eastern European engineering firm in relation to its sanctions designation under UK legislation and regulation
  • Acting for the SFO in enforcement proceedings arising out of a £30m confiscation order
  • Acting for the NCA in relation to a frozen funds investigation arising out of a suspected $8 million fraud committed against an African government.
  • Representing the former director of a wealth management company in £14m confiscation proceedings
  • Assisting the FCA in a dual track Tier-1 investigation into systemic failings of a major global bank.
  • Advising a global entity on sectoral sanctions regimes applicable to its international commercial dealings
  • Representing the director of a major construction company against allegations of corporate bribery and corruption
  • Appeared before the Court of Appeal, Criminal Division, in a matter relating to convictions arising from international money laundering offences
  • Representing the director of a technology company against allegations of consumer fraud and money laundering
  • Representing the manager of a dementia care home against criminal allegations of wilful neglect and ill treatment
  • Appeared on behalf of a surgeon facing grave allegations of misconduct, lack of competence and dishonesty relating to his gynaecological practice

Sophie is a contributor to the 3rd edition of Lissack and Horlick on Bribery, the leading work on bribery and corruption offences.

Sophie has extensive advocacy experience having appeared in significant jury trials concerning corporate bribery, large scale MTIC carousel fraud, cross-border VAT evasion, banking, insurance and mortgage fraud.

Sophie has advised on and appeared in appeals before the FTT (Tax Chamber) in cases involving the seizure of goods for alleged non-payment of Excise Duty, breaches of prohibitions and regulations on importation and associated non-restoration appeals. She has also appeared in condemnation proceedings involving the liability of goods to forfeiture under the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979.

Sophie appears regularly before the GMC, SRA, NMC, GPhC and HCPC, often defending individuals against the most serious allegations of professional misconduct and negligent care as well as acting for both prosecuting authorities and defendants in health and safety proceeding.

Memberships

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Professional disciplinary and regulatory law

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

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London Bar > Proceeds of crime (POCA) and asset forfeiture

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Sophie O’Sullivan – Outer Temple ChambersSophie is bright and settled some very good paper work. A future star in this area of work.

London Bar > Fraud: crime

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Sophie O’SullivanOuter Temple Chambers

London Bar > Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Sophie O’SullivanOuter Temple ChambersCommercial, pragmatic, able to see the bigger picture beyond her specialist expertise and very aware of how that fits into the client’s overall strategy. Responsive, user-friendly, and very bright.