Sonay Erten


I decided to study law at University in 2008, after an impulsive decision based around a need for justice and helping people. After a rollercoaster of a journey which included graduating from Queen Mary, University of London with an LLB and shortly after an LLM in Medical Law; stints in a number of different roles including recruitment, customer service, sales and marketing; moving from London to York; and then back to London to train and qualify at Central London firm, Saracens Solicitors.

My desire to help people translated into my chosen areas of practice: litigation and personal injury. On qualification, I specialised in trusts and probate disputes, defamation, employment disputes and personal injury. I also continue to work in all areas of litigation, including commercial and property matters. I like to use an empathic approach to my work, supporting my clients as well as cooperating with opponents to ensure matters are resolved in the most cost-effective way possible. I am fascinated by rules and procedure and so will leave no stone unturned to find the best result for my client.

I have always had a keen interest in public speaking, and during my experience in litigation,I became very interested in advocacy and representing clients at court. As a trainee solicitor, I appeared before Deputy District and District Judges to obtain orders for my clients. I then went on to complete my Higher Rights of Audience assessments whilst still a trainee solicitor which allowed me to be in the rare position of receiving my Higher Rights of Audience accreditation as soon as I qualified. I have since represented clients in County Courts and the High Court.

My need for justice and helping people doesn't just stop with my work, outside of work I am a keen advocate for mental health and neurodiversity awareness in the legal profession. I was the Wellness Representative for Surrey Junior Lawyers Division from November 2020 until October 2022 and in November 2022, I started volunteering with Neurodiversity in Business (a forum to improve conditions for Neurodivergent people in employment) in their social media team. In January 2023, I was shortlisted for the Rising Star - Small to Medium Practice Award in the Women and Diversity in Law Awards.

I join Legal Studio in the rare position of a consultant junior lawyer, as I understand that autonomy and flexibility (and no billable hour targets!) is vital for good mental health and to provide a better service for clients, and I hope to encourage more junior lawyers to do so.

To relax, I enjoy indoor swimming, qigong, reading and journaling. I also love spending time with my family and travelling

Specialist Areas of Interest

Contentious Probate

Defamation and Employment Disputes

Personal Injury