Sophie joined Harmers in 2019 as a Graduate-at-law and upon completion of the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, was admitted as a solicitor in December 2019.
Prior to joining Harmers, Sophie worked at the Australian Human Rights Commission in the Disability Rights Team. She provided executive and policy support to the Disability Discrimination Commissioner involving drafting policy briefs and speeches. This role also included assisting with international delegation visits and national stakeholder roundtables on different thematic areas such as: disability rights, children’s rights and business and human rights. Due to her leadership, in 2019 Sophie was invited to present at a Public Sector Conference on enabling disability access in the workplace.
Sophie graduated from the University of Sydney with a Juris Doctor (2018) and a Bachelor of Arts (2014), with majors in Government, International Relations and Spanish. Further, she studied International Law at the University of Geneva in 2018. Early in her law degree, Sophie worked as a paralegal for both a barrister and for a legal start-up company where she underwent placements in Sydney CBD law firms. She then went onto work as a research assistant to contribute to Professor Mary Crock’s publication works on children’s health in Migration Law at the University of Sydney. During this time, she managed strategic legal partnerships for the global charity, 180 Degrees Consulting. As part of the Global Leadership Team, Sophie built international partnerships to coordinate pro bono legal advice for the charity across the U.S., the E.U. and Australia, enabling 180 Degrees Consulting to be trademarked in the United States.
Sophie is committed to community-based projects, extending from Wellness Courses for a Sydney Domestic Violence refuge, to serving as a Board Member on the UNAA NSW Young Professionals Executive Committee. For the University of Sydney’s Law School Society, she was an editor of the Social Justice publication, Dissent, and served on the Women’s Subcommittee. Prior to University, Sophie spent a year teaching English and founding projects in rural regions of Ecuador, Colombia and Cuba; she speaks Spanish fluently.
Sophie works across all of the Firm’s practice areas and has particular interest in working on unfair dismissals, redundancy and discrimination law matters.