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Vice Chair of Women's Forum Sophie Garner Barrister St Philips Chambers 55 Temple Row Birmingham West Midlands B2 5LS


Sophie is an experienced specialist in employment and discrimination law, whose work encompasses cases in the Employment Tribunal, the EAT, professional disciplinary tribunals, and the County or High Court. Recognised by the directories as being “very knowledgeable” and “quick to win a client’s confidence”, Sophie’s personable manner and tenacity are characteristics that are appreciated by her lay and professional clients.

She also covers all aspects of restraint of trade and directorial disputes, and she is adept at disentangling the governance disputes between directors/trustees and senior executive employees that can lead to conflict in both corporate and charitable organisations. She has experience of appearing before a number of regulatory bodies including the GMC and NCTL.

As well as the usual range of discrimination cases in the employment tribunal, Sophie’s practice extends to cover discrimination claims in the county court, such as discrimination in the provision of goods and services, education, and clubs and associations.

She has extensive experience of voluntary work as a director and charity trustee and won the Birmingham Law Society’s Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year award in 2019. She was also successfully nominated as one of the Attorney General’s “Pro Bono Heroes” for 2009.

She undertakes work with the Bar Council on its activities to promote the retention of women at the Bar, and is a Trustee of the Muslim Women’s Network UK.

  • Expertise
    • Discrimination Law
    • Employment Law
    • Professional Misconduct
    • Mediation
  • Qualifications
    • LLB Hons (1989)
    • ACIS (2002)
  • Memberships
    • Accredited Commercial Mediator: CEDR (2000), ADR Group (2009)
    • Accredited Workplace Mediator, Globis (2011)
    • Patron of ‘Amicus’ Charity since 2012
    • Discrimination Law Association
    • Employment Lawyers Association
    • Employment Law Bar Association
    • Associate of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries
Called 1990
Years of Call 31 Years
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  • 2002 Joined Midland Circuit