Sophie Murray

Sophie Murray

Prosecutes and defends serious crime.




The University of Law, London: BPTC – Very Competent
Kings College London: LLM – Distinction
Newcastle University: LLB – 2.1 (Hons)
Finalist in UoL Plea in Mitigation Competition 2013


CPS Panel Level 2
SFO Disclosure Panel
Attorney General Junior Junior Scheme Member


Young Fraud Lawyers Association
Young Legal Aid Lawyers
Honourable Society of the Inner Temple

Overview of Practice

Sophie has developed a broad criminal practice both defending and prosecuting in the Crown, Magistrates and Youth Courts. She accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ work and has a particular interest in developing her experience in financial crime, confiscation and tax litigation.

Prior to commencing her career at the bar, Sophie worked for a firm of solicitors, specialising in criminal appeals. Sophie achieved her police station accreditation during this employment and regularly advised clients in relation to a range of serious offences, including rape and wounding with intent. Following this employment, Sophie spent 6 months at the Financial Conduct Authority assisting the Enforcement and Financial Crime/Market Oversight Division.

Practice Areas

Sophie has experience across a broad spectrum of criminal offences,
including serious violence, robbery, the supply of class A drugs, sexual
offences, motoring offences and public disorder. Sophie places great
emphasis on client care and has experience working with young and vulnerable
people, in particular those with learning difficulties and mental health problems. She has represented clients with Asperger’s syndrome, schizophrenia and has experience of working with interpreters and intermediaries. She has experience of a full range of witness handling involving young people, including the cross-examination of a complainant aged 9 years old.

Prior to commencing her career at the bar, Sophie worked for a firm of solicitors, specializing in criminal appeals. Sophie contributed to many successful appeals against conviction and sentence. She notably assisted in obtaining leave to appeal in the reported case: R v. Gurpinar & Kojo-Smith [2015] EWCA Crim 178.

Sophie has recently assisted the Serious Fraud Office as LPP counsel in relation to a large and complex international fraud investigation. She previously assisted the CPS and Thames Valley Police with a disclosure review in relation to a £250 million fraudulent trading, corruption and money laundering case. Sophie has both defended and acted on behalf of the Royal Mail in fraud prosecutions and has defended in a case involving the use of fraudulent trademarks.

Prior to joining chambers, she spent 6 months at the Financial Conduct Authority, contributing to a range of criminal and regulatory cases in the Enforcement and Financial Crime / Market Oversight Division. She assisted with tribunal, High Court and Crown Court matters, including investigations into “Spoofing” (market manipulation), money laundering and the fitness and propriety of approved persons.

Sophie has recently acted in confiscation proceedings in the Crown Court, arising out of a case involving the use of fraudulent trademarks. She also has experience representing clients in POCA enforcement proceedings and in applications to vary confiscation orders under the inadequacy provisions.

As part of the Attorney General scheme, Sophie has assisted the Government Legal Department with disclosure in commercial and judicial review proceedings.

Sophie has assisted HMRC in drafting Statements of Case in relation to appeal proceedings in the First-Tier Tax Tribunal. Sophie has also appeared on behalf of HMRC in preliminary hearings in cash forfeiture proceedings in the Crown Court and in condemnation hearings in the Magistrates’ Court.

Notable Cases

R v. A [Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)] – Successful appeal (with leave) against extended sentence in domestic ABH matter

R v. B [Basildon Crown Court] – Defended in case involving supply of Class A drugs

R v. C [Isleworth Crown Court] – Defended in fraud re-trial which resulted in the prosecution offering no evidence

R v. C [Croydon Magistrates Court] – Defended in assault matter which involved the cross examination of a 9-year-old witness

R v. D [Ealing Youth Court] – Secured acquittal after trial for Youth defendant in alleged racially aggravated public order offence

R v. E [Ealing Magistrates Court] – Secured discontinuation of Assault PC case following legal argument relating to the fairness of trial matter