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Sophia O’Hagan

Called to Bar:
1996 Middle Temple

Practice Areas

  • Family

Education: LLB

Virgo Fidelis School

LLB (Hons) South Bank University

LLM (Distinction) University College of London

Inns of Court School of Law, London


Sophia has developed an extensive and respected practice in both public law and private law matters.  She has undertaken all aspects of such work in the family courts, including the High Court for parents, the Official Solicitor and Children’s Guardians.

She has been involved in complex matters including contested care/placement hearings, removals from the jurisdiction and finding of fact hearings, including non-accidental injury cases and cases involving allegations of  sexual, physical abuse, neglect and substance misuse. She has cross examined expert witnesses in various areas of expertise. In private law cases she has been involved in complex cases of intractable hostility and leave to remove cases in and out of the UK.

She is regularly instructed in cases which feature the following :

Private law proceedings

  • child arrangement orders.
  • specific issue/prohibited steps applications.
  • enforcement issues.
  • complex cases involving multiple parties, expert evidence, jurisdictional issues, risk assessments, international relocation and involvement of a children’s Guardian.

Public law proceedings

  • care, supervision and placement proceedings.
  • special guardianship.
  • complex cases involving expert evidence, non-accidental injuries, neglect and sexual abuse.


  • domestic violence (non-molestation order).
  • enforcement.

Professional Memberships

Family Law Bar Association


Sophia accepts Direct Access instructions.

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