Sofia Ashraf completed pupillage at a mixed common law set with a particular focus on Costs, Commercial and Civil litigation including Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence, Insurance, Fraud and Credit Hire.
Prior to pupillage, Sofia spent the first five years of her practice employed by two separate top tier law firms. Initially, Sofia spent over three years as an advocate at national Legal 500 firm practising in Public and Regulatory law, Coronial law, Costs, Insurance, Fraud and Personal injury and Clinical Negligence. Sofia then joined an international Legal 100 firm where she spent almost two years specialising exclusively in Costs as well as managing her own team.
Having worked both in house and at the self employed Bar, Sofia prides herself on being able to bring a unique perspective to her practice.
Sofia accepts instructions in the following practice areas; Costs, Civil Litigation, Fraud, Credit Hire, Insurance, Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence, Coronial and Regulatory.
Away from the Bar, Sofia enjoys travel, cooking, swimming and studying languages. Sofia is fluent in French, Italian and Punjabi. She is also an avid Manchester City supporter, attending matches whenever her practice allows.
Sofia has experience of conducting trials, applications, case management conferences and appeals in the civil courts and is predominantly instructed in respect of Personal Injury matters (Occupational Health/Disease, Road Traffic Accident, Employers’, Occupiers’ and Public Liability claims) in addition to Clinical Negligence matters.
Sofia also has experience of Coronial work including Article 2 Inquests. Sofia predominantly acts for Insurers, Public and Local Authorities, including the NHS and Health Care professionals. Where appropriate, Sofia is prepared to accept instructions on behalf of individuals/families on a Conditional Fee Agreement or Pro Bono basis.
Sofia is an experienced costs practitioner and has specialised in costs litigation throughout her career. Sofia has a national practice and accepts instructions in all aspects of both inter-partes costs and Solicitor/own client disputes as well as matters pertaining to litigation funding issues.
Sofia is regularly instructed to advise and represent both paying and receiving parties in all aspects of costs litigation in the County Court, High Court and the SCCO.
Sofia has considerable experience in cases where fraud is alleged or suspected, acting exclusively for Defendant insurers. In particular, Sofia has acted in cases involving staged, contrived and/or induced accidents, low velocity impact litigation, inconsistent damage, bogus passenger claims, fraud rings, personal injury claims involving exaggeration, holiday sickness claims, EL/PL fraud, theft, insurance policy fraud and matters involving Section 152 of the Road Traffic Act.
Sofia provides a cradle to grave service in respect of fraud matters and is particualry experienced in drafting robust pleadings in cases of suspected fraudulent activity as well as Part 20 Claims, Part 18 and Part 35 questions and interim applications.
Sofia has substantial experience of credit hire litigation and is regularly instructed to provide advice and representation in this field particulalry in cases involving taxi credit hire litigation, commercial organisations and/or suspected fraudulent activity.
Sofia has experience of regulatory and disciplinary matters, particularly before the Teaching Regulation Agency, the Care Quality Commission, the General Medical Council and the Health, Education and Social Care Tribunal.
Sofia is particularly experienced in representing health care professionals in relation to matters arising out of misconduct and negligence.
The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
Personal Injury Bar Association