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About Sophie Bell

Sophie joined Hodge Jones & Allen in October 2008. She was admitted as a solicitor in 2005, was appointed associate in July 2012 and was promoted to Senior Associate in April 2015. In April 2016 Sophie was promoted to a partner in the housing and property team within the firm. She deals with a wide variety of housing cases including possession and eviction matters, homeless applications and appeals and disrepair cases. She is also experienced in bringing Judicial Review matters. Sophie takes a sympathetic and efficient approach to her cases to try and ensure the best outcome for her clients in the shortest possible time.

Sophie is a recommended lawyer in Chambers 2024 and Legal 500, 2024.

"Sophie Bell's high level of customer service could not be exceeded and she responded promptly to enquiries. She took me into consideration and took care to break down information into small chunks when she picked up on my being unsure or confused." - Chambers UK, 2024

“Sophie Bell is extremely professional, supportive and efficient. She explained every step clearly.” – Chambers UK, 2023

“Sophie Bell – a very talented lawyer who is extremely diligent and takes on difficult cases with difficult clients and handles them both with aplomb and achieves outstanding results. ” – Legal 500, 2023

“Sophie Bell is very well-regarded with a consistently high standard of work.” – Legal 500, 2023

“She is great with vulnerable clients, a fantastic lawyer.” Chambers UK, 2022

“Sophie Bell is an extremely thorough and hard working lawyer especially in cases involving very vulnerable clients.” Legal 500, 2022

“excellent – very personable and effective. She has made a big impact on housing law and is passionate and committed.”
Chambers UK, 2021

“she is extremely good with vulnerable clients,” adding: “She’s always ahead of the game and gets very good results.”
Chambers UK, 2019

“a top performer who leaves no stone unturned in the fight for her clients.”
Legal 500 UK

Notable Cases

  • Sophie takes on complex and unusual cases and recently obtained a positive outcome for an elderly and vulnerable client who had been unlawfully evicted from his home by a property company who wished to develop the house and sell it on for profit. There were further complicating issues as the client’s name was not on the title deeds for the property and the lawful owner appeared to be deceased. Claims were brought against the property company and persons unknown and she was successful in obtaining a possession order against the company and an agreement that they would pay the client compensation of £13,000. She was also able to obtain an order to declare that the client was the sole legal owner of the house.

“You managed to turn the case around from us facing eviction to getting what we needed.”

"Fantastic service from Sophie Bell. Highly recommend. 5 STAR."

Client Comments

  • “Sophie was with us every step of the way guiding us. Can honestly say without her help we would never of got the outcome we did.”
  • “Sophie was dedicated, supportive and determined. She always went the extra mile. Her level of expertise in housing law is to a standard of excellence. Thank you Sophie.”
  • “My mother and I are really impressed at how thorough and tenacious Ms Sophie Bell and her team were with our claim. Sophie Bell’s stance is extremely encouraging and reassuring. Ms Bell has considerable expertise in the representation in claims in Housing Disrepair – absolutely brilliant. We are very impressed”……“extremely knowledgeable and experienced, with a practical and pragmatic approach”……“incisive and attentive, responding instantly to queries with clear answers”……“thorough and commercially minded”……“focused entirely on the aims of the client”……“wealth of experience and strong commercial views.” Thank You!”
  • “I have received nothing less than professional service from a team who were highly respectful at all times. Sophie Bell when communicating to me understood that one of my named disability conditions included mind fog and was always at hand to break down what was happening in my case in small chunks. There was nothing about their service that could be deemed clinical. My housing case challenge against my local authority was successful. I highly recommend Hodge Jones & Allen”
  • “I have only great things to say. HJA always answer the phone, get back to emails, they’re always lovely to talk to, they put my mind at ease by helping me every step of the way to understand the process and keep me up to date on what’s going on. I am so please with the results. Thing get moving, they act on your behalf so you have a voice that is heard.”
  • “The solicitor I saw [Sophie Bell] was friendly, professional and constantly kept me updated with my case. She was always approachable and answered any questions I might have had promptly. I would definitely recommend them to others.”
  • “Definitely I would recommend this company to anyone who wants success…nice to have Sophie Bell on my side. Thank you.”

“I was being made homeless. I had contacted several MPs and was directed to Sean Berry. I was advised to contact Hodge Allen & Jones. I found communicating with them was easy, considering everyone was in lockdown. I did not get to have my time in court, my mental health and the coronavirus had taken its toll on me. Hodge Allen & Jones helped me to get a home and a settlement be made on the homeless case. I am more than happy with the final outcome. I would recommend Hodge Allen and Jones, they are professional, courteous and they are, in my opinion, excellent solicitors. Thank you for helping me get a home.”

“Very good and professional service received throughout, my client felt unjudged and supported.”

“I would enthusiastically recommend HJA to anyone looking for professional,high quality legal representation. Their approach is straightforward and pricing/fee structure is uncomplicated and very good value. My personal experience working with HJA staff inc Sadhari, Sophie and Brady always left me reassured and confident that they were actively seeking the best possible outcome for my case. And I was extremely happy when my claim was indeed settled in my favour and within the time scale that HJA had initially predicted. All-round excellent service.”

“I’m very happy that a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I would like to thank you for taking on my case.”

“You managed to turn the case around from us facing eviction to getting what we needed.”

“You were very informative in keeping up to date with my case and making me know what my options were”

Sophie Bell and Elisabeth Garrett have been amazing, super friendly and professional. Thank you so much for the incredible support and legal advice you have provided to get my mum what she deserves! You helped when no one else could! Thank you so much for all the support you have provided and making sure my mum was treated fairly by the local authority and getting her housed!

Career & Personal Interests


Sophie has practised as a solicitor for 14 years and as a housing law specialist for over 14 of those. Prior to training as a solicitor she worked as a paralegal for a year and also worked for the Drug Action Team at Hackney Council


  • Law, University College London, 2.1
  • Legal Practice Course, Distinction

Personal Interests

Sophie is an avid swimmer and enjoys the theatre and good food. She also plays the flute in an amateur orchestra.

Further Reading Sophie Bell
Housing & Property