Sophie has enjoyed a career focusing on commercial litigation spanning over 16 years. Before joining Cornwalls Sophie was a Partner at a boutique Melbourne law firm from 2017.

She has substantial experience in running large scale and complex litigation, with a focus on corporations law, insolvency and bankruptcy, contractual and shareholder disputes. Her experience includes resolving disputes in a variety of industries including technology, mining, agriculture, building and construction and retail to name a few.

Sophie possesses particular expertise in the legal issues surrounding:

  • corporate and personal insolvency
  • director duties and liabilities
  • contractual and commercial disputes
  • director and shareholder disputes
  • anti competitive behaviour under Australian Consumer Law

In addition to the above Sophie regularly presents at industry events.

As a seasoned advocate, she regularly appears in the Supreme Court, the Federal Court, the Federal Circuit and other state based Courts.


Sophie’s recent work has included:

  • Acting for corporate and personal insolvency practitioners including court action arising from their appointments and recovery actions;
  • Acting for both individual and corporations involved in civil litigation throughout New South Wales, Western Australia and Victorian Courts and Tribunals;
  • Assisting clients in financial distress and advising them as necessary in respect of all aspects of insolvency;
  • Acting for a livestock exchange in relation to a road construction dispute with the Department of Transport;
  • Providing advice to corporate and commercial clients on various matters including commercial contracts, structuring and restructuring, and merger and acquisition transactions;
  • Advising on industry specific anti-competitive behaviours and potential actions under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010;
  • Advising on ASIC investigations on behalf of Company Directors and related parties; and
  • Acting on behalf of the non-bankrupt spouse in an uncommercial transaction claim brought by the trustee of their bankrupt spouse.

Litigation and Insolvency

  • A directorship dispute of a public company which resulted in an application for injunctions being issued in the Supreme Court of Victoria and involved eighteen named parties to the proceeding of which we represented eight. The matter ultimately resolved at a Court ordered mediation and generating over $120,000 in billable hours.
  • Acting for the appointed voluntary administrators on a high-profile administration involving an international beverage company with various distribution channels and intellectual property rights spanning over fourteen countries. The matter ultimately resulted in a liquidation of the company with an asset sale to the secured creditor with an associated assignment of rights to pursue the directors of the company pursuant to section 100-5 to Schedule 2 of the Act, being the Insolvency Practice Schedule 2016 (Corporations).
  • Acting for a client in his personal capacity and for his associated entities in relation across three litigation matters involving an ongoing asset freezing order, a dispute with his landlord in respect of his personal guarantee and a dispute with his former business partner which resulted in the winding up of his former company. These files have collectively resulted in billings of over $150,000 to date.
  • Acting for a voluntary administrator in relation to urgent applications under ss 442C and 447A of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) and section 90-15 to Schedule 2 of the Act, being the Insolvency Practice Schedule 2016 (Corporations) for directions and the proposed sale of assets valued at $16.8million to a related party under a Deed of Company Arrangement (DOCA). The DOCA is highly contested by a creditor as a result of a dispute over the security position over the assets of the company between the lending secured creditor and a judgment creditor claiming a vendor’s lien and charging orders over the assets.

Pro bono & community work

  • Chairperson, Bayley House – Victorian Annual Fundraising Lunch

Memberships and Associations

  • Women in Insolvency and Restructuring Victoria (WIRV)
  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • Club of United Business (CUB) – Melbourne
  • Female Accounting Network (FAN)
  • Victorian Women Lawyers
  • Victorian Chambers of Commerce
  • Director Institute of Victoria


  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Technology, Sydney
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences major in Criminology, University of New South Wales
  • Effective Director Course, Governance Institute of Australia

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practise

  • Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • Supreme Court of Victoria
  • High Court of Australia

“I aim to navigate the law for my clients with a personal touch, I guide my clients on their journey to achieve the best possible outcome.”