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Year of Call: 2014 shurst@serlecourt.co.uk

Overview

Sophia joined chambers in October 2016 following the successful completion of her pupillage. She hopes to develop a broad commercial chancery practice in line with chambers’ profile. During pupillage she was supervised by Matthew Morrison, Ruth den Besten, Giles Richardson and Timothy Collingwood and gained experience across the spectrum of chambers’ work.

Prior to joining chambers, Sophia spent a year as a research assistant at the Law Commission for England and Wales, where she was responsible for the Bills of Sale project and involved in the passage through Parliament of the Consumer Rights Act 2015.

Sophia completed her BA and BCL at Brasenose College, Oxford and has taught contract law at Warwick University and jurisprudence at the University of Oxford. She continues to research and write in the field of credit and security, including as a member of the Secured Transactions Law Reform Project. Sophia also holds a licence droit (French LLB equivalent) and has full professional fluency in French. 

Areas of Expertise and Cases


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Civil Fraud

Assisted Ruth den Besten acting at trial for the claimant in claims that an investment in a company was procured by fraudulent and negligent misrepresentation (Sears v Minco [2016] EWHC 433 (Ch)).

Assisted Ruth den Besten (led by Philip Marshall QC) in an appeal to the Court of Appeal concerning the correct legal test under CPR 23.13(2)(a) for an order for security for costs against a claimant not resident in a Brussels I Regulation contracting state (Ras al Khaimah v Bestfort LLP)

Assisted Matthew Morrison acting for the respondent to liquidator’s application under s.238 Insolvency Act 1986 in the context of a substantial fraud. 


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Banking

Currently assisting Ruth den Besten (led by Philip Marshall QC) acting in the Lehman Brothers administration Waterfall 3 application.  

Assisted Ruth den Besten acting for bank customers with claims for breach of contract and mis-selling in relation to interest rate hedging products.


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Insolvency

Currently assisting Ruth den Besten (led by Philip Marshall QC) in the Lehman Brothers administration Waterfall 3 application.

Advised, with Matthew Morrison, on issues relating to council tax liability orders in personal bankruptcies for a national debt charity.

Assisted Matthew Morrison acting for the respondent to liquidator’s application under s.238 Insolvency Act 1986 in the context of a substantial fraud. 


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Commercial Litigation

Assisted Matthew Morrison (led by Hugh Norbury QC) acting on behalf of a private equity firm bringing proceedings against a number of companies for breach of contract in relation to infrastructure concession rights.


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Company

Assisted Timothy Collingwood in proceedings involving rectification of the company register prior to a s.994 unfair prejudice petition.

Assisted Timothy Collingwood in a direct claim and derivative action against joint venture partners alleging breach of directors’ duties in relation to a diverted corporate opportunity.


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Professional Negligence

Assisting Zahler Bryan (led by Richard Wilson QC) on a professional negligence claim against solicitors for negligent tax advice. 


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Trusts and Probate

Assisted Richard Wilson QC in Van der Merwe v. Goldman [2016] EWHC 926 (Ch); a successful application on behalf of the claimant to set aside a trust settlement and transfers of property on grounds of mistake as to the tax consequences, with HMRC intervening.

Assisted Giles Richardson in advising the trustees of B.V.I. settlements which received substantial sums from Madoff feeder funds in relation to proceedings brought by the liquidators of the funds in Bermuda to recover sums in unjust enrichment.


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Property

Sophia advises and appears in court on matters relating to possession, mortgages, and enforcement against property.

Sophia Hurst

Sophia Hurst

Year of Call: 2014
Email: shurst@serlecourt.co.uk

Overview

Sophia joined chambers in October 2016 following the successful completion of her pupillage. She hopes to develop a broad commercial chancery practice in line with chambers’ profile. During pupillage she was supervised by Matthew Morrison, Ruth den Besten, Giles Richardson and Timothy Collingwood and gained experience across the spectrum of chambers’ work.

Prior to joining chambers, Sophia spent a year as a research assistant at the Law Commission for England and Wales, where she was responsible for the Bills of Sale project and involved in the passage through Parliament of the Consumer Rights Act 2015.

Sophia completed her BA and BCL at Brasenose College, Oxford and has taught contract law at Warwick University and jurisprudence at the University of Oxford. She continues to research and write in the field of credit and security, including as a member of the Secured Transactions Law Reform Project. Sophia also holds a licence droit (French LLB equivalent) and has full professional fluency in French. 

Areas of expertise

Civil Fraud

Assisted Ruth den Besten acting at trial for the claimant in claims that an investment in a company was procured by fraudulent and negligent misrepresentation (Sears v Minco [2016] EWHC 433 (Ch)).

Assisted Ruth den Besten (led by Philip Marshall QC) in an appeal to the Court of Appeal concerning the correct legal test under CPR 23.13(2)(a) for an order for security for costs against a claimant not resident in a Brussels I Regulation contracting state (Ras al Khaimah v Bestfort LLP)

Assisted Matthew Morrison acting for the respondent to liquidator’s application under s.238 Insolvency Act 1986 in the context of a substantial fraud. 

Banking

Currently assisting Ruth den Besten (led by Philip Marshall QC) acting in the Lehman Brothers administration Waterfall 3 application.  

Assisted Ruth den Besten acting for bank customers with claims for breach of contract and mis-selling in relation to interest rate hedging products.

Insolvency

Currently assisting Ruth den Besten (led by Philip Marshall QC) in the Lehman Brothers administration Waterfall 3 application.

Advised, with Matthew Morrison, on issues relating to council tax liability orders in personal bankruptcies for a national debt charity.

Assisted Matthew Morrison acting for the respondent to liquidator’s application under s.238 Insolvency Act 1986 in the context of a substantial fraud. 

Commercial Litigation

Assisted Matthew Morrison (led by Hugh Norbury QC) acting on behalf of a private equity firm bringing proceedings against a number of companies for breach of contract in relation to infrastructure concession rights.

Company

Assisted Timothy Collingwood in proceedings involving rectification of the company register prior to a s.994 unfair prejudice petition.

Assisted Timothy Collingwood in a direct claim and derivative action against joint venture partners alleging breach of directors’ duties in relation to a diverted corporate opportunity.

Professional Negligence

Assisting Zahler Bryan (led by Richard Wilson QC) on a professional negligence claim against solicitors for negligent tax advice. 

Trusts and Probate

Assisted Richard Wilson QC in Van der Merwe v. Goldman [2016] EWHC 926 (Ch); a successful application on behalf of the claimant to set aside a trust settlement and transfers of property on grounds of mistake as to the tax consequences, with HMRC intervening.

Assisted Giles Richardson in advising the trustees of B.V.I. settlements which received substantial sums from Madoff feeder funds in relation to proceedings brought by the liquidators of the funds in Bermuda to recover sums in unjust enrichment.

Property

Sophia advises and appears in court on matters relating to possession, mortgages, and enforcement against property.

Qualifications

Brasenose College, University of Oxford: BA Law with law studies in Europe (first class); BCL (Distinction)

Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas: Licence droit (mention assez bien)

University of Law: BPTC (Outstanding) Queen Mother Scholar, Middle Temple
Middle Temple Baron Dr Ver Heyden de Lancey Prize and University of Law Prize for best overall BPTC student
University of Law Prize for best performance in Civil Litigation 

Memberships

Member of the Secured Transactions Law Reform Project 

Publications

S.Hurst and L.Gullifer The Bills of Sale Acts: Ripe for Reform? (2013) 11 JIBFL 685

Languages

Professional fluency in French


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