Moore Barlow celebrates promotion of new partner who started career at firm

Today, top-100 law firm Moore Barlow has announced that Senior Associate Sophie Winstanley has become partner.

Sophie started as a paralegal at what was then Moore Blatch, working for the Education and Asbestos teams before successfully applying for a training contract and becoming the first trainee at the firm’s Richmond office. 

During her traineeship, Sophie worked under the guidance of Senior Partner Trevor Sterling within the firm’s then-newly founded Major Trauma team, which she went on to join immediately upon qualifying as a solicitor in 2016. 

Sophie rose from Associate to Senior Associate while specialising in cases involving major trauma, including brain injury and amputation, with an overarching focus on rehabilitation. She has been involved in numerous complex and high-profile personal injury cases, some of which have settled for seven-figure sums and made the headlines of major news outlets, such as the Croydon Tram incident in 2016. Sophie has played a key role in the success of Moore Barlow’s award-winning Major Trauma Service while consistently contributing to wider projects across the firm. 

Speaking of her promotion to partnership, Sophie said: “I’m extremely proud to become a partner at the same firm that gave me my start in law. At Moore Barlow, you are positively encouraged to become the person and the lawyer that you want to be: individuality and diversity is authentically celebrated here. It’s one of the reasons that I care so deeply about this firm and the wonderful people that work within it – so it’s a great privilege to be in a position where I can help to shape its future.”

I’m so pleased that Sophie is joining the firm’s partnership. She is brilliant at what she does and is a true role model for where hard work and determination can lead. Her career trajectory from paralegal to partner at Moore Barlow stands as a testament to the fact that this is a firm that nurtures talent, something which inspires the kind of loyalty that Sophie exemplifies.

Trevor Sterling, Senior Partner

As well as being a great legal practitioner, Sophie is also very operationally savvy and business-minded, which are great qualities in a partner. To progress from paralegal to a member of the leadership team within the same firm shows just what a good fit she is for our firm and vice versa. We’re very proud to say that Moore Barlow is a place where careers start and partners are made.

Managing Partner Edward Whittington