Sophie has broad experience across child protection matters and all areas of work arising out of family breakdown. She has developed a practice with a strong focus on children work in both the public law and private law field. She has received praise from the Bench on her attention to detail, her thorough preparation and as a 'strong advocate with a pleasingly calm and understated style'.
Children (Public Law)
Sophie has a busy public law practice and accepts instructions on behalf of local authorities, parents, extended family members and children. She appears in the County and High Court and has experience in complex multi-day fact and final hearings in respect of serious physical injury, sexual abuse, neglect including arising from substance misuse and domestic violence. Her experience, and commitment to representing local authorities, parents and children places her in an excellent position to anticipate arguments from all perspectives and accordingly achieve the best possible result for her client.
Children (Private Law)
In private law proceedings, Sophie has experience across all areas with a particular interest in intractable dispute cases with allegations of parental alienation and emotional and psychological abuse, often where the children are joined as parties and a Guardian is appointed.
Her practice covers:
- Child Arrangement Orders, including Fact Finding hearings;
- Internal and External Relocation;
- Prohibited Steps Orders; and
- Specific Issue Orders
She is recognised for her ability to think creatively to best progress her client’s case and provide clear and coherent advice in an empathetic manner.
International Family Law
Sophie’s experience extends, both within her children work and her family finance and property work to cases with an international dimension including international placements by local authorities, relocation applications to Hague and Non-Hague convention countries and dealing with assets in foreign jurisdictions.
Domestic Violence & Injunctions
Sophie has regularly appeared on applications pursuant to the Family Law Act where domestic violence is an issue.
What the Directories Say
"Sophie is a great barrister. She has undertaken advocacy on highly complex and lengthy matters which have involved issues such as non-accidental injuries and forced marriage. She has brilliant attention to detail, and her written documents in preparation for hearings are persuasive and rely upon recent and relevant case law." Tier 5 – Legal 500, 2023
“Very able and yet her ability is understated. Her style is one of quiet assurance and is all the more powerful for being so. She is always thoroughly prepared.” Tier 5 – Legal 500, 2022
28 September 2022
The Legal 500 2023 – Leading Set in Children Public and Private Law
We are pleased to share that we are ranked as a Top Tier set in Children Public and Private Law in the 2023 edition of the Legal 500 guide.
30 September 2021
The Legal 500 2022 – Leading Set in Children Public and Private Law
1GC Family Law is pleased to announce that we are again ranked as a leading set in Children Public and Private Law in the 2022 edition of Legal 500.
28 September 2017
1 Garden Court is delighted to announce that Elizabeth Hartnett, Steven Ashworth and Sophie Prolingheuer are joining chambers.
Elizabeth was called in 2005 and is an established Family Finance specialist who represents clients in applications for Financial Remedies on divorce, Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989 and TOLATA claims.
Tier 5 - 2023
Tier 5 - 2022