Sophie has a broad commercial practice, with a particular focus on contracts, building & construction, competition, insurance and property disputes. Prior to being called to the Bar, Sophie worked as a solicitor at Norton Rose Fulbright, acting for both national and international clients on a range of complex disputes.
Sophie was also associate to the Honourable Justice Patrick Keane of the High Court of Australia.
As a solicitor, Sophie acted in a number of significant commercial matters in the State and Federal Courts.
> Acting for BY Winddown Inc, an American based client, defending cross-border proceedings in the Supreme Court of Queensland, commenced by the purchaser of a vessel, for alleged breaches of contract and implied undertakings as to quality or fitness under the Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cth).
> Acting for five mining companies in defending proceedings issued against their subsidiaries in relation to contracts for the construction and modification of rail infrastructure connecting to the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal near Gladstone. Aurizon commenced proceedings in the Supreme Court of Queensland alleging that the clients breached implied terms to deal fairly with, and act in good faith towards it.
> Acting for Royal and Sun Alliance Plc, a London based insurer, defending a claim in the Supreme Court of Queensland made by the insured in relation to the total constructive loss of HMAS Bundaberg. A key issue at trial was the reasonableness of a settlement reached by the insured with the Commonwealth of Australia for the destruction of the vessel.
> Acting for the Retail Food Group, defending an application for preliminary discovery by Asahi Beverages relating to a misleading or deceptive conduct claim in the Supreme Court of Victoria.
> Acting for a major publicly listed airline in relation to an incident that occurred at one of its premises. Advising on all aspects of the dispute, including potential claims that may be made by and against the client.
> Advising the Australian Maritime Safety Authority on whether to commence proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia pursuant to the Protection of the Sea (Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage) Act 2008 (Cth) to recover the clean-up costs of responding to a pollution incident.
Bar Association of Queensland
2017 Solicitor, Norton Rose Fulbright
2016 Associate to the Honourable Justice Keane, High Court of Australia
2016 Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Queensland University of Technology