Project Description


Sophie Clifford

If you can resolve workplace issues before lawyers get involved, you should. I know this from practicing as an employment lawyer since 1998, advising and litigating, having worked for the UN, government, SMEs and start-ups, looking after employers and employees.

Resolving workplace issues takes many forms. I love delivering the byrne·dean training – getting people to meaningfully reflect and improve on the dynamics at work – I see it as my preventative work. Then there is my mediation / facilitated conversation work: a tailored intervention for when there is an apparently intractable issue in working relationships. And if need be, there is always the advisory work, informed by my knowledge and skills as a practicing lawyer for the harder edge advice, in particular conducting disciplinary investigations.

At the heart of all the work I do is my desire, in simple terms, to help sort out the difficult situations people find themselves in. To help them find the way forward and do it with empathy and care. There is little I love more than feeling my intervention has made a genuine positive impact in people’s lives.

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Summary CV

  • King’s College, London (l.l.b in English and French Law)
  • La Sorbonne, Universite Paris I (Maitrise en Droit prive, Francais et Anglais)
  • Nottingham Bar School (Bar Vocational Court, Outstanding)
Career History
  • From 1998 – 2002: Barrister at law, Cloisters and Acre Lane Chambers
  • From 2002 – 2007: Litigator, Treasury Solicitor’s Department
  • From 2007 – 2012: In house Counsel, Employment Team, Ministry of Justice
  • From 2012 – 2014: Legal Officer, United Nations
  • 2014 to date: Lawyer with The Legal Pod and Associate at byrne•dean