Sophie Waples

Senior Associate

Sophie advises on a wide range of insolvency and restructuring matters, as well as general corporate lending.
Her clients include banks, distressed debt funds, large corporates, facility & security agents, insolvency practitioners and international financial institutions. Prior to joining the firm in June 2018, Sophie worked at one of Australia's leading corporate and commercial law firms. She has also completed associateships with the Honourable Justice Hammerschlag of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the Honourable John Dyson Heydon AC KC, Royal Commissioner of the Australian Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption.

Published Work

  • "Energy supply companies: special administration in focus" (November 2021)
  • "The new regulations for pre-packs with connected persons and the impact on secured lenders" (July 2021) : Edition of Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law.
  • Beechey. E., McCoy. N., Waples. S. (2017) “Piercing Legal Professional Privilege to Access Documents Created to Defeat Claims of Creditors”, 25 Insolvency Law Journal 142
  • Assisted with the legal research and editing of two authoritative text books (credited in the prefaces of both texts): J D Heydon AC, M Leeming, P Turner, Meagher, Gummow & Lehane’s Equity Doctrines and Remedies (LexisNexis, 5th ed, 2014); and J D Heydon AC, Cross on Evidence (LexisNexis, 10th ed, 2014)

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

  • INSOL International
  • Law Society of New South Wales



Admitted as a Solicitor (New South Wales), 2015


Certificate in Advanced Insolvency and Restructuring, University of Technology (Sydney) in partnership with the Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association (ARITA), 2017

Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, Australian National University (Canberra), 2014

LLB (Hons), University of Adelaide, 2013

B.Sc. (Infection & Immunity and Genetics), University of Adelaide, 2013

A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.