Sophie Moynihan

Sophie trained at Jury O’Shea LLP and qualified into commercial litigation in May 2019. At Jury O’Shea LLP, she has worked on a wide range of contentious commercial matters, including director and shareholder disputes, fraud, insolvency and bankruptcy, contractual disputes, and professional negligence claims.

Before joining Jury O’Shea LLP, Sophie was a paralegal for two years at Stewarts Law LLP in the commercial litigation department. She worked on a number of high value banking and commercial disputes, with a particular focus on consumer credit/misselling disputes.

Sophie has comprehensive experience of commercial dispute resolution from pre-action to trial, and negotiation and mediation. She has worked on interim applications including jurisdiction disputes, injunctions and civil restraint orders. Sophie‘s current cases include a $100m+ LCIA arbitration.

Sophie’s recent matters include:

 Insolvency: for a Defendant ex-wife in a claim by her ex-husband’s creditors under section 423 of the Insolvency Act 1986 to unwind transactions between the husband and wife which were said to defraud the husband’s creditors.

 Director and shareholder disputes: for the Part 20 Defendant director/shareholder in proceedings brought by the company against a fellow director/shareholder for fraud and breach of fiduciary duty, and in a related unfair prejudice petition by a third shareholder.

 Professional negligence: for the Claimants in a claim against a solicitors’ firm for damages arising out of a “Friday Afternoon Fraud” in linked conveyancing transactions.

 Judicial review: for the Claimant in a judicial review, which resulted in the quashing of a direction given by the Home Secretary to Ofcom which limited the use of telecoms devices known as “GSM Gateways” on national security grounds (R (VIP Communications Ltd) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2019] EWHC 994 (Admin)).

 Interim applications: for the Defendant licensor, successfully defending an application by the licensee for an injunction to prohibit the licensor interfering with its occupation of the property following the licensor’s termination of the licence (West End Commercial Ltd v London Trocadero (2015) LLP [2017] EWHC 2175 (Ch)); for the Defendant liquidator in interim applications made by a litigant in person for, amongst other things, injunctive relief (in particular the disclosure of documents) against the liquidator in relation to his conduct of the liquidation, and subsequently obtained Extended and General Civil Restraint Orders against the litigant in person (Recall Support Services Ltd v Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills; McCabe v Frost [2018] EWHC 30 (Ch)).

Sophie has an LLB Law (European) with Maitrise en Droit from the Universities of Exeter and Rennes 1. She studied English and French law as an undergraduate at Exeter, followed by a Maitrise/Master 1 in European Law at Rennes 1 in France.

She completed the Legal Practice Course with distinction at BPP Holborn.

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