Sophie West

Sophie West

Sophie West

Head of Department – Wills & Probate, Solicitor and STEP member.
Specialism: Wills, Inheritance Tax Planning, Probate and Estate Administration, Trusts and Powers of Attorney
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What qualifications do you have?

I read Modern History at Oxford University before completing my Graduate Diploma in Law at BPP. After finishing the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, I trained and qualified as a solicitor at Stevens & Bolton in Guildford. I am a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and an accredited member of the Association of Lifetime Lawyers (formerly Solicitors for the Elderly).

In which areas of law do you specialise?
I specialise in Wills and inheritance tax planning, probate and estate administration, trusts and powers of attorney. I am also experienced in establishing charitable organisations.

Tell Us About You

What do you offer clients of Bookers & Bolton?
I pride myself on being both professional and personable. Many of my clients approach me at a time of vulnerability. They may be advancing in years and want to put their affairs in order, or they may have recently lost a loved one. It is a pleasure to assist them with these important milestones and I aim to do so with empathy and compassion.

Do you offer home visits and out-of-hours services?
I am very happy to offer home visits. I generally do not work out of hours but am happy to make an exception if a client has a genuine and pressing need.

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Where did you grow up, and what are your earliest memories?
I grew up in East Grinstead in West Sussex. My earliest memories are of playing with my younger sister (apparently, I was very bossy, although I’d like to think that has now changed!).

What was your first job?
I worked in the kitchen of the local convent on a Saturday morning. My job was to ensure that the nuns had a steady supply of tea, coffee, and biscuits!

What is your favourite film or TV programme?
My favourite film is The Wolf of Wall Street. I don’t have much time to watch TV, but I am a big fan of Call the Midwife.

Name something you love doing and why.
I regularly volunteer at my son’s infant school. I help out in the library, listen to the children read, and assist with school trips. I find the children’s enthusiasm infectious and always leave with a big smile on my face.

What do you dislike most?
I hate mess (which is unfortunate, given that I have two young children!).

What country would you most like to visit and why?
My husband and I spent our honeymoon in Finland, and I would love to return to the Finnish wilderness one day. We got to experience husky rides, reindeer safaris, snowmobiling and cosy nights in a traditional Finnish log cabin. It was nothing short of magical!

What are your personal ambitions?
To continue to enjoy a happy and health life with my husband, our two beautiful children, and our very inquisitive cat.