Sophie Beesley > Chambers of Mark Sutton QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Mark Sutton QC
Old Square Chambers
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Sophie practises exclusively in clinical negligence, personal injury and coronial law. Her special interests are mental health, particularly in acute clinical settings, inquests expanding Article 2 following Rabone and the law of consent following Montgomery. Her cases have developed these areas and she lectures extensively on them. Her recent inquests have included suicides alleging inadequate mental health risk assessment and inappropriate discharge. Her civil claims include delayed cancer diagnoses, substandard surgery, childbirth and stillbirths, gynaecological injuries and inadequate nursing. Sophie is being led in high value claims concerning complex birth injuries, cerebral palsy and cauda equina syndrome.



Sophie came to the Bar after a successful career with Deloitte and The Prince’s Trust. She was Deputy Director of a domestic violence legal pro-bono service, she is a magistrate and Bench Chair, and she established and runs a charity supporting a children’s home in South Africa. This unusual background underpins Sophie’s dedicated, commercial and sensitive approach and her particular interest in vulnerable clients. She is recognised for building trust and strong collaboration between clients, solicitors and experts, and for her responsive and reliable client care.


Sophie’s family are from Cornwall where she walks the coast path with her dog Ollie.

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Personal injury

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Sophie Beesley

Old Square Chambers

Leaves no stone unturned to secure the best results for her client.

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Clinical negligence

Within: Leading Juniors -

Sophie Beesley

Old Square Chambers

A force to be reckoned with in the courtroom or in negotiation.

Old Square Chambers is experienced in clinical negligence work from both claimant and defendant perspectives, with particular expertise in birth injury cases, where Kara Loraine and Sophie Beesley have a substantial track record. In addition, Beesley’s involvement in the the clinical negligence sphere goes beyond her work on claims, having been appointed as sole counsel to the Ian Paterson Inquiry, which seeks to learn lessons and improve procedures following the conviction of the former surgeon.