Maître Sophie MARAL holds a Master’s Degree in Public Law Litigation and a degree in anglo-american law (Cergy-Pontoise University and La Trobe University (Melbourne, Australia)).

She founded the law firm MARAL AVOCAT after several years of experience in the field of public law and criminal law in a law firm in Rennes. She previously worked as a jurist for administrative courts such as the Versailles Administrative Court of Appeal and the Finance Section of the Council of State.

Maître MARAL is bilingual French/English and familiar with Common Law. She advises her English-speaking clientele in various areas of law.

She is also a teaching assistant in constitutional law and administrative law at Rennes University. She previously taught at Cergy-Pontoise University.

Areas of practice

Public Law

Maître Sophie MARAL assists and defends individuals and local authorities throughout the national territory in the following areas :

– Urban planning law
– Public Service law
– Administrative responsibility law (hospital liability proceedings, compensation for personal injury, claims of damages for the prejudice resulting from public works or the operation of public utilities, …)
– Administrative police law
– Social aid
– Immigration law
Maître MARAL is a member of the Immigrants Advocacy Group of the Rennes Bar.

Criminal Law

Maître Sophie MARAL assists and defends defendants and victims in criminal proceedings.

The firm also defends convicts in the area of penitentiary law.

Criminal defence :

– Police custody
– Hearings before the liberties and detention judge
– The process of a criminal case with the investigating judge
– Police court
– Guilty pleas, mediation in criminal cases, settlement
– Children’s court
– Criminal court
– Assize court

Victim law :

– Civil action within criminal proceedings
– Assistance of the client during legal expertise in the medical field
– Damages for physicial injury
– Claim before the Compensation Board for the victims of crimes and the Service for the Recovery of Victims of Offenses

Execution of sentences and penitenciary law :

– Sentence adjustment
– Defence of convicts before the Prison disciplinary committee

Family Law

Divorce by mutual consent and contested divorce

Legal separation (establishment of residence, parental authority, rights of access, alimony,…)

Filiation (establishment and contesting of a parent-child relationship, full and simple adoption,…)

Protected adults (guardianship)

Protection of children (providing assistants and advices to parents and children before the judge for children in the context of educational support)

Labour Law

Maître Sophie MARAL defends employers and employees before Industrial Courts.

Litigation related to the conclusion of an employment contract and the performance of the contract (termination notice for the trial period, actual payment of performance-based components of remuneration, working time,…)

Litigation related to the termination of the employment contract (dismissals on personal grounds and dismissals for economic reasons, judicial cancellation of the contract,…)


Fees are announced and agreed with the clients, before any action.

Fees are set up on an inclusive basis or on hourly payments, depending on the complexity of cases, the degree of difficulty of the case, the importance of the interests in cause, the client’s situation and the urgency to intervene.

MARAL AVOCAT law firm also intervenes for holders of a legal expenses insurance and beneficiaries of legal laid.




57 Quai de la Prévalaye
35000 RENNES


Tel. : 07 50 21 84 78
Fax : 02 99 84 56 58
E-mail :

Easy access by car or public transport :

Metro : République (10 minute walk)
Bus : 54, 55, 56, CA

Parking available