Sophie Clifford

Sophie Clifford

Training and Resolution Associate

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.

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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