Sophia Hurst


Year of Call: 2014

Practice Overview

Sophia has a broad commercial chancery practice encompassing a range of commercial litigation, civil fraud and asset recovery, shareholder/joint venture disputes, banking and financial services, and contentious trusts litigation. Much of Sophia's work has an international dimension; in addition to regularly appearing in the Commercial Court and Chancery Division, she is called to the bar in BVI and registered in DIFC and has a substantial practice before the courts of offshore jurisdictions and arbitral tribunals. Sophia is particularly interested in the issues of jurisdiction and enforcement commonly raised in cross-border disputes. 

Sophia's current and recent work includes acting in the DIFC Court of Appeal for the successful respondents in Grand Valley General Trading LLC vs (1) GGICO Sunteck limited (2) Sunteck Lifestyles Limited [2019] DIFC CA 007 and as part of the claimant team in Toucan Energy Holdings Ltd & Anr v Wirsol Energy Ltd & Ors, a substantial Commercial Court dispute in the renewable energy sector. Sophia is also instructed (with David Blayney QC and Sophie Holcombe) for the claimants in a group action against British Airways under the GDPR following the theft of customers' data. 

Sophia is a contributing author to Gough on Company Charges  and PLC Corporate: questions for counsel. 

News & Events

  • News

    Serle Court joins ThoughtLeaders4 Disputes as a Community Partner

    Serle Court is delighted to announce its partnership with the ThoughtLeaders4 Disputes community.  Our members of chambers are recommended... Read More

    News

    #SerleShare - The New DIFC-LCIA Rules 2021: A Drive to Efficiency

    Zoe O’Sullivan QC and Sophia Hurst of Serle Court consider the updated DIFC-LCIA Rules which came into effect... Read More

  • Events

    Cross-border jurisdiction and judgments after the EU Withdrawal Transition Period (A Case Study Webinar)

    Location: Online via Zoom Read More

    Events

    The 33rd ICC-FraudNet International Conference

    Location: Virtually Read More

Education & Qualifications

BA Law with law studies in Europe (first class) - Brasenose College, University of Oxford

BCL (Distinction) - Brasenose College, University of Oxford

Licence droit (mention) - Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas

BPTC (Outstanding) - University of Law

Appointments

Admitted to the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, Territory of the Virgin Islands - October 2018

Registered Part II Practitioner before the DIFC Courts - September 2019

Attorney General Civil Panel Junior Junior’s Scheme

Memberships

Chancery Bar Association (main committee)

ComBar

R3

ConTrA

Secured Transactions Law Reform Project

Languages

French

Scholarships & Prizes

Middle Temple Queen Mother Scholarship and Baron Dr Ver Heyden de Lancey Prize

University of Law Prizes for best overall BPTC student and best performance in Civil Litigation

Barry Nicholas Scholarship and Academic Exhibition, Brasenose College, Oxford

In the Press

Comments in ePrivateclient 'UAE shakes up expat inheritance laws

Comments in International Advisor 'Major overhaul of UAE inheritance and divorce laws unveiled

Article for Legal Week 'Big Data, Coronavirus and Cryptocurrencies: The Changing Face of Fraud'

News & Events

  • News

    Serle Court joins ThoughtLeaders4 Disputes as a Community Partner

    Serle Court is delighted to announce its partnership with the ThoughtLeaders4 Disputes community.  Our members of chambers are recommended... Read More

    News

    #SerleShare - The New DIFC-LCIA Rules 2021: A Drive to Efficiency

    Zoe O’Sullivan QC and Sophia Hurst of Serle Court consider the updated DIFC-LCIA Rules which came into effect... Read More

  • Events

    The 33rd ICC-FraudNet International Conference

    Location: Virtually Read More

    Virtual Conference Session

    Furlough & Administration: Carluccio’s Ltd [2020] EWHC 886 (Ch) & Debenhams [2020] EWHC 921 (Ch).

    Location: Read More