Sophie appears in the District Court on a wide range of criminal matters, and assists with criminal proceedings in the High Court and Court of Appeal. She also assists with regulatory, environmental and resource management prosecutions.
Prior to joining MC, Sophie was an intern in the legal division of the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Manatū Aorere) and provided research assistance to an indigenous rights scholar, submitting work to the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Waitangi Tribunal.
Sophie has a particular passion for access to justice. While at Univeristy, Sophie was a director of the Equal Justice Project and she is currently a member of the advocacy team for the New Zealand Women’s Law Journal (Te Aho Kawe Kaupapa Ture a ngā Wāhine). She is a mentor in MC's Te Kuhunga scholarship programme.
Recent Cases & Achievements
Sophie’s Honours dissertation for her law degree looked at the Crown’s obligations to obtain the free, prior and informed consent of Māori in the context of freshwater governance.
Sophie’s final research paper for her Global Studies degree analysed the concepts of independence, indigeneity and self-determination in the context of the decolonisation of New Caledonia. Sophie’s paper was awarded the top mark in her cohort and her research paper has been adapted into an article which was published in the NomadJournal in 2022.
LLB(Hons)/BGlobalSt, University of Auckland (Waipapa Taumata Rau)