Sophia Dower

Sophia Dower

Year of call: 2013
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Criminal Defence

Sophia has a strong criminal defence practice, defending cases in both the Magistrates and Crown Court. She has experience representing clients at all stages of the criminal justice process.

She has developed a wealth of experience covering a broad spectrum of offences, including supply of Class A drugs, serious violence, sexual offences, financial crime, public disorder and weapons offences.

Sophia is recognised for her thorough preparation and for providing tactical, clear advice to both professional and lay clients.  She is a robust and tenacious advocate who is committed to achieving the best results for her clients.

Notable Cases:

R v VF (2021)

Represented client charged with murder, led by Zubair Ahmad QC.  As result of a carefully drafted basis of plea to manslaughter (loss of control) which was accepted by the Crown shortly before trial, the client received a sentence of 10 years imprisonment.

R v B Peterborough Crown Court (2020)

Acting as junior alone in this exceptionally tragic case Sophia represented Mr B, an 83 year old man of previous good character who was charged with causing the death of 99 year old Mrs C by dangerous driving. Resulted in suspended sentence.

R v D Chelmsford Crown Court (2020)

Instructed as junior counsel to Mark Graffius QC in the successful defence of Mr D in a historic murder trial. Mr D was alleged to have fatally stabbed Mr B in a revenge attack outside a Boxing Day party in 1998. Mr D fled the country for almost 20 years until he returned to the UK to hand himself in to police. Mr D’s case was that he had been knocked unconscious by Mr B and his associates, and that those who came to his aid were responsible for the murder. However, Mr D refused to name them.  During the trial, the Crown sought to adduce four previous instances of alleged bad character involving violence and/or possession of knives in respect of Mr D, but abandoned their application altogether upon receipt of Sophia’s written response. Mr Donnelly was acquitted after trial.

R v L  Peterborough Crown Court (2019)

L was accused of assaulting a heavily pregnant woman on her doorstep. L argued it was a case of mistaken identity, despite both the Complainant and her boyfriend recognising L, having known her since childhood. Sophia’s client was unanimously acquitted by the jury in less than two hours.

R v A  Bristol Crown Court (2019)

Instructed as junior counsel to Gudrun Young, also of 2 Hare Court, to defend in a “romance fraud” which attracted significant media attention. The case involved complex analysis of issues relating to extradition, foreign convictions and bad character provisions.

R v L  Blackfriars Crown Court (2019)

Defended in a multi-handed section 18 and affray trial where the first defendant pleaded guilty on the day of trial. Sophia made extensive representations made to the Crown, which resulted in the decision being taken to discontinue proceedings against L.

R v R  Oxford Crown Court (2019)

R was charged with possession of a disguised firearm, namely a taser disguised as a torch, where he was at risk of the mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years being imposed upon conviction.

R v W  Wimbledon Magistrates Court (2019)

W, a teacher who was of previous good character, was alleged to have assaulted a child in the context of a road-rage incident. Both the child, her mother and an independent eye-witness gave evidence for the Crown at trial. Sophia successfully applied to exclude a significant aspect of the Crown’s case relating to an earlier allegation of assault against the mother and secured the acquittal of W.

R v MH  Westminster Magistrates Court (2018)

Sophia’s client was the first to be sentenced in a string of bladed article offences arising out of Notting Hill Carnival. The Crown submitted the case should committed to the Crown Court for sentence as the starting point was 18 months. However, Sophia not only persuaded the Magistrates to retain jurisdiction of the case but to also exercise their discretion and impose a sentence outside of the Guidelines, resulting in her client receiving a 12 month Community Order.

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