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

    Sophia Hurst comments on the UAE’s changes to inheritance laws for the International Adviser

    Sophia Hurst is invited by International Adviser to comment on the news that the UAE government has announced changes... Read More

    News

    Chambers UK Bar 2021 Rankings - “They are excellent without exception”

    Serle Court is delighted to announce that chambers has been ranked in 11 practice areas in this year's Chambers UK... Read More

  • Events

    Dubai Arbitration Week 2020: presented virtually by GAR Interactive and DIFC-LCIA

    Location: Online via Zoom Read More

    Events

    An introduction to the Commercial Chancery Bar

    Location: Online 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 assez bien) - 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

ComBar
Chancery Bar Association
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 Weel 'Big Data, Coronavirus and Cryptocurrencies: The Changing Face of Fraud'

News & Events

  • News

    Sophia Hurst comments on the UAE’s changes to inheritance laws for the International Adviser

    Sophia Hurst is invited by International Adviser to comment on the news that the UAE government has announced changes... Read More

    News

    Chambers UK Bar 2021 Rankings - “They are excellent without exception”

    Serle Court is delighted to announce that chambers has been ranked in 11 practice areas in this year's Chambers UK... Read More

  • Events

    Dubai Arbitration Week 2020: presented virtually by GAR Interactive and DIFC-LCIA

    Location: Online via Zoom Read More

    Events

    An introduction to the Commercial Chancery Bar

    Location: Online Read More