[photo] Moria SofaerMoira Sofaer (1975)

Team

Family

Education

  • B.Sc. (Hons.) International Relations, University College London
  • Bar College of Law, Chancery Lane
  • Journalism, City University

Practice

Moira has an extensive full-time practice in all aspects of family law.

Her principle areas of expertise include: ancillary relief hearings in the High Court and county court; financial disputes between cohabitants under the Trusts of Land and Trustees Act; claims against the deceased under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act; validity of agreements made between parties including separation and prenuptial agreements; international freezing orders; international child abduction cases acting for parents and grandparents; disputes concerning the validity of marriages conducted in other jurisdictions; disputes between parties as to the jurisdiction in which a case should be heard; children law cases representing the local authority, parents and grandparents in care and wardship case; private law children cases have included whether blood tests should be carried out, leave to remove from the jurisdiction, and education; and disputes concerning appeals against costs orders.

Mediation

Moira is a mediator accredited by the Civil Mediation Council. She is trained to mediate all small claims and all (non-family) cases including business partnership disputes.

She is also a trained mediator with Resolution.

The mediation sessions can be held over one day or over five sessions of one and a half hours.

Profile

Moira has experience conducting seminars attracting CPD points for solicitors, and is currently preparing such a course for non-legal professionals. She has been a trainer for the Bar Vocational Course and has has lectured for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Moira’s degree in international relations included courses in psychology (both basic and social), conflict resolution, and decision-making in a crisis. Together with being raised in an international family in central London, it has been a good grounding for dealing with people from all walks of life and making clients feel at ease during the stressful process of litigation.

Moira has a special interest in the Court of Protection and The Office of Public Guardian.

Additional Appointments

Director of Accreditation for Resolution (formerly the Solicitors Family Law Association)

External Examiner for the Bar Standards Board

Publications

Articles

  • How can the vulnerable with capacity be protected? August 2012 The Review
  • Is the Court of Protection Improving June 2012 The Review
  • Burden of proof for mental capacity at directions hearings STEP February 2012 (Society of Trust and Estate Pracitioners)
  • The Court of Protection: Continuing Complaints, Family Law Week, October 2010.
  • The Court of Protection: A Family Lawyers' Primer, Family Law Week, October 2009.
  • The Court of Protection: An Overview for Family Lawyers, Family Law Week, September 2009.
  • The Office of the Public Guardian, The Review, June 2009 (Solicitors Family Law Association)

Reviews

  • The Family Procedure Rules The Review July 2011
  • Family law and the court of protection The Review February 2011
  • The Elderly law Manaul STEP October 2010
  • Urgent Applications in the Court of Protection STEP 2010
  • A Practitioners Guide to the Court of Protection by Martin Terrell, Family Law Week, June 2009.

Memberships

  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Associate member of Resolution (Solicitors’ Family Law Association)
  • Solicitors for the Elderly
  • Bar Human Rights Committee
  • UniversityCollegeLondon Alumni
  • Lawyers for Children