Sophie de Main
Joined nplaw in September 2017
Solicitor – Public Law & Standards Team (Adult Safeguarding)
Tell us about your career journey
I graduated from the University of East Anglia in 2008 with a degree in Adult Nursing and then worked as an Accident and Emergency nurse for seven years whilst completing the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course in my spare time. I gained my first legal experience as a Litigation Assistant working at a private firm on behalf of the NHS Litigation Authority before completing my training contract in private practice. I joined nplaw’s Public Law team in September 2017.
Please outline your area of expertise. What might you do in a typical day?
I provide legal advice to Norfolk County Council’s Adult Social Care Services. My areas of expertise include adult safeguarding and mental capacity issues, deprivation of liberty and welfare applications to the Court of Protection, inquests and mental health; and defending judicial reviews in these areas of law.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
The thing I enjoy most about my role is the fact that it is ‘people centred’ and can make a real difference. I enjoy the variation that I see on a day to day basis.
Why did you choose to work at nplaw?
I chose to work at nplaw as I had always wanted to return to working in the public sector. The role that was offered in the Adult Safeguarding team allowed me to utilise my nursing background and work in an area of law that I am passionate about.
What is the work/life balance and the wider culture like?
The work/life ethos at nplaw is fantastic and has allowed me to combine a fulfilling career with being a parent to my two-year-old son.