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

Immigration Law

Maître MARAL is a member of the Immigrants Advocacy Group of the Rennes Bar.

Asylum law :

Dublin procedure (support during the period of determination of the responsible Member State, appeal before the administrative tribunal against the Dublin transfer order)

Preparation for the OFPRA interview

Appeal against OFPRA’s rejection decisions before the Court of National Asylum

Right of residence :

Regularization (request for a residence permit, …)

Family reunification

Appeal before the administrative tribunal against an obligation to leave the French Territory, a return decision without a period for voluntary departure, a decision with a ban on return on the French territory,…

Administrative retention (hearing before the liberty and custody judge)

Litigation concerning French nationality

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

Family law :

Divorce by mutual consent and contested divorce

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

Protection against domestic violence & forced marriages

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)

International Family law :

Marriage annulment


Filiation and parental authority (recognition or enforcement of an adoption judgment rendered abroad, international child abduction,…)

Maintenance obligation

Exequatur procedure

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


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.



12 Quai Duguay Trouin
35000 RENNES

Tel. : 07 50 21 84 78
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Easy access by car or public transport :

Metro République

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