Sophie Beesley > Chambers of Oliver Segal KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Oliver Segal KC
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

London Bar > Clinical negligence

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Sophie BeesleyOld Square Chambers ‘Sophie is one of the most impressive junior barristers doing claimant clinical negligence work at the Bar, with an impressive work ethic.’    

Old Square Chambers has a strong reputation for its clinical negligence ‘expertise’ and its ‘strength-in-depth’ in the field. Ben Collins KC continues to act on impressive matters, including the high-profile blood inquiry case of McLean v Secretary of State for Health and the dental cases of Hughes v Rattan and Pawley v Whitecross Dental, which established that patients have the right to sue dental practices, not just individual dentists. Junior Sophie Beesley  is developing a specialism in complex brain, birth and psychiatric injury work. Charles Woodhouse KC took silk in the 2022 round.

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Clinical negligence

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Sophie BeesleyOld Square Chambers

At Old Square Chambers, the clinical negligence team has established strength in representing claimants in a wide range of cases, and continues to develop its expertise in handling work for defendants. Sophie Beesley specialises in claimant work, and regularly acts for vulnerable clients in complex, sensitive cases. Kara Loraine has a solid track record in handling cases involving delayed diagnoses, negligent surgical procedures and psychiatric injury claims for parents arising from infant deaths. Naomi Rees and Bella Webb both field expertise in representing claimants and defendants in claims involving delayed cancer diagnoses and birth injuries.

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Personal injury

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Sophie BeesleyOld Square Chambers

At Old Square Chambers, the personal injury team continues to handle a wide range of defendant and claimant work. Toby Kempster counts claimant-based instructions as a key strength, with notable expertise in high-value fatal accident claims, employer’s liability cases and occupational disease claims. Sophie Beesley is regularly instructed in road traffic accident claims, as well as employer’s and occupier’s liability claims. Kara Loraine is a key name for representing defendants and claimants in complex multi-track claims. In recent news for the set, Charles Woodhouse KC took silk in March 2022 and Daniel Neill joined from Guildhall Chambers in May 2022.