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Sophie Bird

Sophie Bird


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Sophie practises in commercial, public and competition/EU law. She joined chambers as a tenant in September 2021 following the successful completion of pupillage supervised by Craig Morrison, Malcolm Birdling and Nicholas Saunders QC.

Sophie graduated with a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford in 2015, going on to work in Mergers and Acquisitions at Credit Suisse in London. She then graduated with a LLB (First Class) from the University of Cambridge in 2018, ranking first in Constitutional Law. She completed the LLM from Harvard University in 2019.

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  • Commercial M

    Sophie accepts instructions across all areas of commercial law. Her recent experience includes:

    • Azima v Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority – a dispute concerning allegations that RAKIA was responsible for hacking large quantities of Mr Azima’s data (led by Tim Lord QC and Thomas Plewman QC, with Hugo Leith)
    • The Racing Partnership v Sports Information Services [2020] EWCA Civ 1300 – an appeal concerning the law of conspiracy and breach of confidence (as a pupil, assisting Craig Morrison)
    • Toucan Energy Holdings v Wirsol Energy [2021] EWHC 895 – a contractual dispute concerning defective works on solar parks (as a pupil, assisting Craig Morrison)
    • Advising a major pharmaceutical company in respect of an ongoing contractual dispute in relation to patent rights (as a pupil, assisting Nicholas Saunders QC)
  • Competition M

    Sophie accepts instructions in all types of competition law actions and investigations. Her recent experience includes:

    • Phillip Evans v Barclays Bank and Others – acting for Phillip Evans in his application to pursue an opt-out collective action against six banks, seeking damages in respect of unlawful practices in the FX market (led by Victoria Wakefield QC and Aidan Robertson QC, with Hugo Leith)
    • Secretary of State for Health v Servier Laboratories – a preliminary issue trial in a claim for damages following the European Commission’s decision that Servier’s ‘pay for delay’ settlement agreements with generic companies for perindopril were anti-competitive (as a pupil, assisting Nicholas Saunders QC)
  • Public Law M

    Sophie accepts instructions across all areas of public law, civil liberties and human rights, and is also developing a pro bono practice. Her recent experience includes:

    • Secondee barrister to the Financial Conduct Authority
    • G v G [2021] UKSC 9 – an appeal concerning the interplay between the 1980 Hague Convention and the principle of non refoulement (as a pupil, assisting Malcolm Birdling, led by Raza Husain QC appearing on behalf of the UNHCR)
    • Advising on a proposed judicial review in the transportation sector (as a pupil, assisting Malcolm Birdling)
    • Assisting in a judicial review in relation to the Investigation into Antisemitism in the Labour Party (as a pupil, assisting Malcolm Birdling)


    2019-20: BPTC at BPP

    2018-19: LLM at Harvard University

    2016-18: LLB (Senior Status) at Hughes Hall, Cambridge (First)

    2012-15: BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at New College, Oxford

    Prizes and Scholarships:

    Lincoln’s Inn – Lord Denning Scholarship

    Harvard Law School – Deans Scholar Prize in Constitutional Law (First Amendment)

    University of Cambridge – ECS Wade Prize for best performance in Constitutional Law

    Volunteer / Pro Bono:

    2019-20: legal volunteer at Islington Legal Centre (Immigration Team)

    2018-19: student attorney at Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project

    2018-19: student attorney at Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic