Sophie understands that each and every one of her clients has a story to tell. For those who stand accused of something that they did not do, she is meticulous in scrutinising the prosecution case and preparing her client’s cases for hearing or trial. For those who have committed an offence, she ensures that they plead guilty only to the appropriate charge and that the court has everything before them to impose a fair and just sentence. With this approach, Sophie works hard to achieve the best possible result for her clients.
She takes pride in maintaining attention to detail in her preparation, her compassionate approach to her clients and diligence in her court appearances. She is mindful that this is an incredibly stressful time for her client and their loved ones, and takes care to ensure that they receive the best possible advice and stay informed through-out the court process.
This is regularly commented on by her clients and is reflected in the reviews she receives:
“One of the most trusted and honest people at this firm…especially Sophie Stafford who has been dealing with my matter… She has been awesome dealing with my case from her professionalism to her understanding and kindness towards myself… I would totally but totally would recommend Sophie for anyone as she is professional at her job and very kind and happy, I’m very glad she represented me. Thank you so much Sophie… best wishes for many years to come.”
Ramzy, TrustPilot Review dated 21 August 2017
“I could not have been more happier with Sophie’s representation. Her presentation was impeccable and her knowledge of the case both in facts and legalities was impressive. Compassion and empathy was shown while not hiding the way the case would be looked at legally.”
John, TrustPilot Review dated 15 August 2017
“We was so deeply grateful for the professional and understanding service received by Sophie Stafford from Doogue + George Defence Lawyers. Sophie was incredibly intuitive with regard to some sensitive issues. Myself and her client cannot thank her enough for all she did to make the experience as easy as possible during a very stressful time. Sophie was professional, kind and relaxed with us all which made the whole process so much easier. We felt Incredibly lucky to have her support.”
Annie Angle, TrustPilot Review dated 7 July 2017
“I would like to say a huge thankyou to Sophie Stafford, who represented me in a case most would cringe at after reading the prosecutors brief. Sophie took the time to listen to myself as there was an extensive back story, that made sense of an unwinnable situation. Sophie took my case on and presented evidence multiple times, even after a Diversion Plan was rejected twice by the prosecutions office. Thanks to Sophie’s tenacity, I walked away from court with a 12 week diversion plan and having to pay a small donation to a worthy charity. I would highly recommend Doogue + George as a go to firm if you require assistance in court, namingly Sophie Stafford as your representation, if you are after someone who is committed to your case!”
Robert Webb, TrustPilot Review dated 27 June 2017
“I could not recommend this firm highly enough, Sophie Stafford was incredible. She offered her advice and expertise throughout the whole process, she explained everything and we got the best outcome possible. She was confident and knew exactly what she was talking about and was there whenever we needed. She went above and beyond for the best outcome and made sure she knew the case back to front unlike most lawyers.”
Lauren, TrustPilot Review dated 26 May 2017
“Sophie Stafford has been exceptional in her service as my Solicitor and legal representative. From day one, she was very professional, clearly informed me of the options available and was always supportive. She knew exactly what needs to be done, was very knowledgeable and she was always contactable. Sophie obtained the best possible result for me (Diversion plan was granted) and I will always be grateful to her and Doogue + George. Will definitely recommend Sophie and Doogue + George for any legal matters. Thank you.”
Anonymous client, TrustPilot Review dated 21 March 2017
“Doogue + George Defence Lawyers, I cant say anything else but very professional. I had Sophie Stafford and from the beginning to the end she was completely professional and my outcome was 100% satisfaction. I would highly recommend this law firm and highly recommend Sophie Stafford. I appreciate all you did and appreciate all your time. I thank you once again. 5 stars for me and if I ever need another lawyer I wouldn’t hesitate to contact them again.”
Jay McLean, TrustPilot Review dated 20 February 2017
“Sophie Stafford is an amazing solicitor with excellent knowledge and professionalism, my outcome for my case was perfect better than I expected. Thanks Sophie for my outcome and for all your help. You surely know what your doing and talking about. Would highly recommend to everyone in need of a lawyer.”
Yeliz, TrustPilot Review dated 5 February 2017
“I was very impressed with the whole team at Doogue + George especially my lawyer Sophie Stafford. She went beyond the call of duty and put in so much time and effort on my behalf and I cannot thank her enough under such very difficult circumstances. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Neil Strapp, TrustPilot Review dated 30 January 2017
Sophie Stafford is a solicitor advocate who appears daily across all Victorian Courts. Sophie was admitted to practice in 2014 after graduating from La Trobe University with First Class Honours in Law. Since being admitted, she has practiced exclusively in defence law. Sophie specialises in representing and advising clients pre-charge and across all stages in the Magistrates’ Court, County Court, Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal.
Sophie also works and advises on matters involving the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC), the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC), the Office of the Chief Examiner and has recently appeared at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory.
She is motivated by a strong sense of justice and remains committed to pursuing social justice initiatives and advocating for law reform. Sophie currently sits on the Policy Committee for Liberty Victoria (Victoria’s preeminent civil liberties organisation), holds positions of Vice President and Secretary of Road to Refuge (a volunteer organisation that addresses the complexity of issues for those seeking Australia’s protection) and the High Alert campaign (opposing the current Victoria Police ‘Operation Safenight’). She also volunteers her time and expertise at the Northern Community Legal Centre’s Night Clinic where she provides practical legal advice on a wide range of matters.
Sophie has a particular interest in the following areas:
- Indictable and serious crime in both the adult and juvenile jurisdiction;
- Sexual offences and historical sexual offences;
- White collar crime, fraud and financial deceptions;
- Regulatory and disciplinary proceedings;
- Statement and witness preparation, appearances at Royal Commissions;
- Specialist Courts, particularly the Drug Court and Koori Court.
Sophie is currently a member of the Law Institute of Victoria’s Criminal Law Section General Committee and the Young Lawyers Law Reform Committee.