Sophie Quinton-Carter

Year of Call: 2013


Bar Professional Training Course (Kaplan Law School – 2013)

Maitrise en droit (Universite de Rennes I – 2012)

LLB Law (European) (University of Exeter – 2012

Areas of work:


Sophie joined Chambers in January 2016 from the Crown Prosecution Service, where she worked as a Crown Prosecutor.

Sophie is a Grade 2 Prosecutor and regularly prosecutes on behalf of the CPS in a wide range of violent and drug-related offences, as well as fraud and knife crime.

Sophie has an excellent understanding of the approach to the prosecution of cases, which facilitates a successful defence practice. As such, Sophie is able to advise clients logically and effectively in a wide variety of cases.

Sophie has experience representing both adults and youths, from the first appearance at court, through to trial, and sentence if required.

Further, Sophie is regularly instructed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council to represent them before the Fitness to Practise Committee in a range of serious and lengthy hearings.

In 2018, Sophie spent time as independent counsel at HMRC, as part of an investigation into tax evasion by Premier League football clubs.

Sophie is a public access barrister and is able to accept instructions directly from members of the public in suitable cases.

Recent Cases

Crown Court

R v G

Prosecuted a case of knifepoint robbery involving a reluctant witness.

R v C

Prosecuted an income tax fraud with a value of £55,000 on behalf of HMRC. The trial was the culmination of two years’ worth of investigation, surveillance, and interviews.

R v S & another

Secured a suspended sentence for a young woman who had entered a guilty plea to GBH, following a fight in a bar resulting in a fractured eye socket. Co-defended a successful Newton hearing, after the victim claimed to have been knocked unconscious and attacked with a bottle.

R v C & another

Secured a community order for a man who had conspired to steal from a betting shop by staging a robbery in order to pay off payday loan debt.

R v H

Represented the defendant, charged with two counts of intent to supply cannabis and possessing criminal property. Having denied any intention to supply, the defendant was acquitted of all three matters after trial.

B v R

Advised the CPS an appeal by way of case stated to the High Court following the dismissal of an appeal against a dog destruction order.

Youth Court

R v S

Successfully defended a 15-year old accused of being involved in a knifepoint robbery. Sophie’s cross-examination of the young complainant and the careful handling of identification errors, led the Crown to offer no evidence at half-time.



Appeared for the NMC in a two-week hearing against a nurse with three joined referrals. Thorough preparation and structured presentation enabled the panel to follow the voluminous evidence in relation to both clinical errors and matters of dishonesty.


Successfully presented a case of sexual assault by a nurse against a colleague. This involved the handling of a vulnerable witness and careful but thorough cross-examination of the registrant.


Represented the Nursing and Midwifery Council over an eight-day hearing where a nurse was alleged to have made over forty errors when administering controlled drugs.

Outside of work, Sophie is fluent in French, enjoys travelling and is a keen baker. Sophie judges at the annual mock trial competition in New York, as part of the Empire programme, as well as mentoring British schools for the National Competition in the UK.


Outside of work, Sophie is fluent in French, enjoys travelling and is a keen baker. Sophie judges at the annual mock trial competition in New York, as part of the Empire program, as well as mentoring British schools for the National Competition in the UK.

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