Sophie Ghashghaei-Pour

Prison Law Representative

Milton Keynes

01865 592 670 / 01908 926 060

LinkedIn Profile

Areas of law:

Prisoner Assistance

Sophie is a Prison Law Representative who undertakes the full remit of legal work within this field, with a special interest in IPP cases. Sophie has worked with prisoners, on a charitable and pro bono basis, since first undertaking her Law degree in 2003. Upon graduation, and whilst undertaking her Bar exams, Sophie worked as a criminal paralegal in Norwich, primarily attending Crown Court and also attending upon clients in custody or the community. Having progressed quickly in her role within the firm, she was soon offered the opportunity to undertake all prison law work and quickly established a solid client base, largely by referral and word of mouth. Following her call in 2009, Sophie further pursued her academic career as a postgraduate researcher, focusing on child offenders and indeterminate sentencing. She will shortly be awarded a doctorate in human rights and criminal justice and plans to supplement her prison law practice with academic specialisation in this area, concentrating on the human rights of prisoners.

From 2006 – 2007, Sophie previously worked as a paralegal, and as the only prison law advocate (in a role created for her) for the Criminal Department in a Norwich Solicitors Firm, before being instrumental in the setting up of a new criminal law firm with the same team. Sophie has acted as the Independent Legal Advisor on Hate Crime investigation and prosecution for the East of England area, scrutinising and reviewing police and CPS case files, leading to the DPP commending her work in improving quality standards. She has many years of experience teaching Law to undergraduate students at the University of East Anglia Law School (specifically Criminal Law and Legal Method, in addition to Constitutional and Administrative Law, Contract Law and Legal Practice), and has edited a number of academic publications, including peer-reviewed journal articles and textbooks.

Sophie is a compassionate, personable representative with a focus on client care and good communication; in particular, she has experience in working with clients with special needs, such as ASD or mental health conditions. Sophie’s key skills are oral advocacy, legal research and drafting, and thorough case preparation, particularly in complex cases with extensive evidence to consider. Sophie’s academic background in sentencing, criminal justice and human rights, in addition to her BVC training, ensure that she has a full skillset to bring to prison law, as well as a passion for working with prisoners, generally.