Sophie Stannard

Prosecutes and defends serious crime.




LLB Law – First

BPTC – Very Competent


BPTC Exhibition Award, Inner Temple

Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Award, Inner Temple

Sophie was appointed to the CPS Panel of Advocates in 2017.

Overview of Practice

Sophie appears in the Crown, Magistrates’ and Youth Courts primarily on behalf of the defence. Sophie is instructed in a wide range of criminal matters, including drug, dishonesty, sexual, driving and violent (particularly in a domestic setting) offences. She has experience in representing defendants with a range of vulnerabilities and in cross examining vulnerable witnesses.

Sophie has been commended by Crown Court Judges on her “focused and intelligent submissions” and her “polished and confident” manner. Her thorough and meticulous preparation, means she has secured appeals in the Crown Court on both conviction and sentence.

Those who instruct Sophie have said she “boasts a fantastic work ethic. She is a fighter. She will go above and beyond for her clients to achieve the best outcome.”

Prior to joining Foundry Chambers, Sophie worked as a paralegal at a Law Firm in Houston, Texas specialising in capital defence. During her time in Texas, Sophie was able to conduct conferences with clients pre and post trial, visiting them in the “jail” or on death row itself, most notably Sophie assisted attorneys with a client who was running a defence of insanity.

Sophie was led as a junior representing England Cricketer, Ben Stokes, in the proceedings brought by the ECB. She has a good knowledge of disciplinary proceedings and the particular challenges associated with representing players.