Sophie Stafford 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:
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.