Sophia De Arez Cintra
Sophia is a solicitor in the Court of Protection and community care department, specialising in health and welfare matters and is based in our central London office. She has been at the firm since 2013 and has also spent time in the housing, personal injury and criminal litigation teams.
Sophia has experience of advising and representing vulnerable adults and children with mental health problems, learning disabilities, physical disabilities and behavioural problems, or their family members, in complex and sensitive cases before the Court of Protection. She also regularly accepts instructions from both professional and individual litigation friends, including the Official Solicitor.
Sophia frequently deals with Court of Protection cases involving issues regarding; residence; care; contact; deprivation of liberty; sexual relations; and, medical treatment decisions. Accordingly, Sophia has experience of dealing with complex capacity issues, best interests’ disputes and section 21A appeals against Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS).
Sophia also advises and assists with community care concerns including obtaining; assessments; the provision of services and treatment; and, suitable accommodation from public bodies such as local councils and the NHS. She also advises and represents individuals who wish to challenge decisions made by those public bodies to make changes to, or refuse, an individual’s package of care. Sophia also frequently represents clients who lack capacity and are dealing with possession proceedings.
Sophia takes a particular interest in cases involving transitions from child to adult social care services and disputes which arise over the arrangements for the residence and care of young adults as well as issues which relate to contact with their family members and friends. Sophia is passionate about this area of law and ensuring that young adults and their families are aware of the wider implications of a child turning 18. Sophia therefore offers free training, including to schools, on the law around this complex area.
Outside of the office Sophia enjoys learning about and experiencing Japanese culture, discovering new cuisines and reading extensively, she particularly enjoys reading epic fantasy and read 77 books in 2018!
Areas of specialism
- Court of Protections welfare matters
- Appeals against deprivation of liberty pursuant to s21A Mental Capacity Act 2005
- Community care
- Judicial review
What our clients say
"I would recommend Sophia as she was understanding and kept me updated." - View from a satisfied client