Laura is a tenacious advocate, with experience far beyond her call across a broad spectrum of defence work.
Laura is a mature, professional and personable advocate, experienced beyond her call. She has recently been instructed in matters of the most serious violence, including murder, grievous bodily harm with intent and firearms matters. She also has experience of serious sexual offences including allegations of rape, including historic grooming and rape of a child under 13.
Laura accepts instructions in a variety of practise areas; including, but not limited to, drugs, firearms, sexual offences, violence and fraud. She is also frequently instructed in driving matters, having developed a reputation as a forceful in-court advocate, with a calm and reassuring out-of-court manner.
Laura frequently receives instructions in, and has significant experience of, protest cases, from the Magistrates' to the High Court and encompassing complicated issues of human rights, public law and injunctive relief. She has done a number of cases both as a led junior and junior alone, often representing multiple defendants facing allegations arising out of protests against issues such as hydraulic fracturing, the felling of healthy trees by a council under a PFI contract, the arms trade and the anti-fascism movement.
Laura also has experience of contested Football Banning Order applications, having appeared in both the Magistrates’ and High Court in relation to the imposition of such.
During pupillage, Laura worked closely with Jeremy Dein QC in the preparation of complex legal arguments relating to former X Factor Judge and N-Dubz singer Tulisa Contostavlos, which resulted in the first successful non-stage agent abuse of process application.
Prior to commencing life at 25 Bedford Row, Laura worked in press and communications for a national charity. Additionally, she has spent time volunteering at the National Centre of Domestic Violence, undertaken an internship focused on prison law and interned at a national firm of solicitors. Laura was also the first person to be a finalist and prizewinner at The Times/Herbert Smith National Advocacy Competition in two consecutive years.
During her French degree, in which she obtained a first class, Laura spent a year teaching English in a secondary school in one of the most difficult Parisian suburbs. Whilst there, Laura initiated a drama project, involving some of the most disengaged children at the school. This project made the French national press.
Laura is particularly skilled in dealing with very vulnerable clients; both adults and youths.
Laura is available for direct/public access instructions.
- ‘Non-state Agent Entrapment – The X Factor’ published by Archbold Review
- ‘Does the Image of the Criminal Bar Need to Change’ published by Archbold Review
Qualifications and Awards
- 2014 Criminal Bar Association Bursary winner
- 2014 Michael Jaffa Award Winner
- 2013 BPTC, College of Law
- 2012 Diplock Scholar, Middle Temple
- 2011 GDL, College of Law
- 2011 Finalist, The Times Herbert Smith Advocacy Competition
- 2010 Finalist, The Times Herbert Smith Advocacy Competition
- 2010 Ba(Hons) French, Royal Holloway, University of London (1st Class)
- Criminal Bar Association
- Haldane Society
- The Honourable Society of Middle Temple