Sophie Clifford

Principal Consultant

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 resolution 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.

2014 to current: Lawyer with The Legal Pod and Associate at byrne·dean

2012 – 2014: Legal Officer, United Nations

2007 – 2012: In-house Counsel, Employment Team, Ministry of Justice

2002 – 2007: Litigator, Treasury Solicitor’s Department

1998 – 2002: Barrister at Law, Cloisters and Acre Lane Chambers

LLB (English and French Law), King’s College, London

Maitrise en Droit prive, Francais et Anglais, LaSorbonne, Universite Paris I

Bar Vocational Court (Outstanding) Nottingham Bar School

Accredited Mediator, Society of Mediators and other community mediation project

Accredited Conflict Coach, Brighton and Hove Independent Mediation Service

Mental Health First Aider and trained in DE&I

Articles from

Sophie Clifford

Conducting investigations: a reflection on ITV and Philip Schofield

The recent news involving ITV and Philip Schofield has drawn parallels to some of the difficult decisions we help clients make around investigations.

Bad conduct: staying impartial and meeting them where they are

Conduct scandals are rife in so many of our institutions; that does not detract from the right everyone has to fairness. What does it take to be fair in the face of scandalous allegations?

Parents, careers and gender equality : where we are, where we will be, how to get where we want to be

When it comes to work, employers need to do much more to help achieve gender equality at this crucial time when a couple starts a family.

A new formula to help colleagues at war

I am often asked to come in to repair seriously broken relationships in the world of work. People are hardly talking. They are deeply distrustful...

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