Sophie Lloyd

Sophie is a Special Counsel in the Litigation group, specialising in administrative law, judicial and merits review, commissions of inquiry and statutory interpretation.

She regularly acts for government bodies in litigation before various courts and tribunals, including as solicitor advocate.  She commonly works on matters involving highly sensitive material and far-reaching policy implications and is responsible for the carriage and management of high volume litigation.

Sophie is admitted to practice in both NSW and England and Wales, having worked in London for a government department and the Public & Regulatory team of a private law firm.

In 2014 Sophie was the Associate to Justice Perram of the Federal Court of Australia. She also holds a Master of Laws from the University of Cambridge.


Sophie’s experience includes:

  • Minister for Home Affairs: representing the Minister in relation to his immigration caseload, including numerous judicial review proceedings (and appeals) in the Federal Circuit Court and Federal Court and in merits review proceedings in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal;
  • Royal Commissions: Instructing Counsel Assisting the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (while on secondment to the Commission) during the case study concerning YMCA NSW and assisting with the preparation of various other public hearings;
  • Major UK charities: Acting for numerous major UK charities in relation to regulatory enforcement action, particularly high-profile statutory inquiries opened by the Charity Commission for England and Wales, and advising on the scope of the Commission’s powers and its procedural fairness obligations.

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