Sophie Parsons is an Accredited Criminal Law Specialist one of our firm’s three in-house counsel. As in-house counsel Sophie works as an advocate in a team with other lawyers from our firm. Solicitors from our firm brief Sophie to appear on behalf of clients in a range of matters at Melbourne and suburban courts.
- Trials before Judge and Jury
- Appeals against conviction and sentence
- Extended Supervision Orders involving the Serious Sex Offenders (Detention and Supervision) Act 2009
- Matters involving the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1997
- Contested hearings
- Contested committal hearings
- Pleas of guilty and sentence hearings
- Bail applications in the Magistrates, County and Supreme Courts
Sophie specialises in indictable crime including violence (assaults, armed robberies, aggravated burglaries), fraud matters involving large businesses, drug matters, and sexual offences. Recently, Sophie appeared on behalf of a client charged with Australia’s first Commonwealth prosecution of marrying a person not of marriageable age (a person under the age of 18).
Since joining Doogue + George, Sophie has represented a number of clients involved with the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory. Sophie appeared as Counsel at numerous formal hearings on behalf of current and former Northern Territory government employees, adults and children with vulnerable witnesses status, and an Aboriginal Elders dispute resolution group from a remote community.
In July 2017 Sophie attended the National Criminal Defense College in the USA and completed an intensive course in trial practice and advocacy.
Prior to commencing her role at this firm, Sophie gained significant experience as a solicitor advocate in the Northern Territory. Sophie was employed by Aboriginal Legal Aid in Darwin (NAAJA) as a solicitor advocate practising in the criminal section for three and a half years. During her time at NAAJA Sophie was Regional Manager of North East Arnhem, co-ordinating five circuit courts, and was also Practice Manager of the criminal section during her last six months.
Sophie has previous experience in civil litigation, personal injury, and criminal law as a solicitor at private law firms in Darwin and Melbourne.
During her legal studies, Sophie was accepted to participate in the Monash Prato Exchange Program undertaking a semester of law studies at the Monash University campus, Italy. Sophie completed a course in Advocacy taught by a range of prominent scholars and members of the Victorian judiciary.