Sophie Groves, Director - Divorce & Family Law
Sophie’s particular specialism is in the resolution of financial arrangements on divorce, with a particular focus on resolving complex financial issues for high-net-worth individuals, whether married or unmarried. A large proportion of her cases involve jurisdictional issues, offshore trusts and complex corporate structures. Sophie also has a particular interest in cases involving pre and post nuptial agreements. Sophie is also experienced in cases where financial claims are made on behalf of the children and in financial claims for unmarried parents.
Sophie graduated with a BA (Hons) in Politics from the University of Durham.
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Sophie has provided legal comment to support a petition in relation to the failure of the CMS to consider wealth and assets outside of the paying party’s salary when calculating child maintenance. Sophie has also provided commentary in relation to the recent Court of Appeal case on special contributions.
As well as this, Sophie has also contributed to the trade press, including completing a Q&A alongside Lisa Robertson and Tom Quinn for Lexis Nexis, focusing on the impact of coronavirus on financial provision.
Sophie trained at a leading family and private client firm and joined Vardags upon qualification. Prior to completing the GDL and LPC (with distinction), she worked as a recruitment consultant for a leading London agency, as a result of which she has developed a strong commercial understanding and appreciation of clients’ needs.
Sophie and her team have been described as being compassionate as well as being "Ethical & compassionate as well as very good at what they do”. Client’s regularly comment on her meticulous attention to detail and her dedication to them, often going the extra mile to make sure that they are supported. Sophie‘s clients include CEOs of multi-million pound companies, entrepreneurs, high profile individuals, media personalities and their spouses. Sophie also acted for Michelle Young in her high profile trial, helping to achieve what is thought to be the largest cost order made by the family courts at the time.
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Sophie was born in Essex and lives in London. She has played county lacrosse for Kent and is a keen tennis player. She has also organised and participated in several charity fashion shows.