Laura accepts instructions in criminal, civil including personal injury disputes, regulatory and disciplinary matters.
Laura undertook her pupillage at a top-ranked common law Chambers where she had three supervisors including an experienced criminal practitioner who also sits as a Recorder.
Laura is known for her approachable and reassuring manner with clients with whom she is able to quickly establish a rapport. She is also praised for her reliability and ‘can-do’ attitude.
Prior to pupillage, Laura gained four years of experience working in various legal roles including:
- In-House paralegal at a start-up company handling professional negligence claims against financial advisers.
- Paralegal at a top-ranked common-law chambers in London assisting barristers at all levels of call and assisting lay and professional clients directly with their cases.
- Paralegal at a large boutique law firm in London assisting a Senior Associate with a large caseload in the Real Estate Litigation Department.
These roles provided her with excellent experience of the process of preparing and managing cases, as well as an understanding of solicitors’ expectations of counsel.
Whilst studying, Laura worked in the retail and hospitality industries, which provided her with experience of dealing with a broad range of the public and solidified her down-to-earth nature.
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Laura frequently appears in the County Court acting on behalf of Claimants and Defendants in small claims hearings, MOJ stage 3 hearings, possession clams, infant approvals, and credit hire matters.
Laura has successfully resisted applications for unreasonable conduct costs and made and resisted applications for relief from sanctions.
Laura has also been instructed in committal hearings to represent those accused of contempt of court for breaches of anti-social behaviour injunctions.
In her previous role at a law firm, she worked on residential property disputes, and drafted pre-action correspondence, documents for eviction proceedings and assisted with enforcement actions and drafting advices on dilapidations, enfranchisement, breaches of covenants such as service charges, alterations, disrepair and nuisance.
Laura enjoys playing and watching sport, particularly netball and tennis. Having grown up in Dorset, she enjoys spending time in the countryside and by the coast. She is a keen supporter of charities that assist injured, unemployed and homeless military veterans.
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Laura has experience of handling cases in the Crown and Magistrates’ Courts. She was recently instructed in a five-day Crown Court trial in which the Defendant was charged with possession of Class A (heroin) with intent to supply and with possession of criminal property. She has also been instructed at sentencing hearings, mention hearings, PTPH’s and bail applications in the Crown Court relating to a range of offences.
Laura has gained experience of making applications for Domestic Violence Protection Orders and has been instructed by the Probation Service to prosecute breaches of community orders.
Laura frequently appears in the Magistrates’ court at first appearances, trials and sentencing hearings. Laura has also been instructed as a noting junior and in noting briefs in recent high-profile trials on the Western Circuit involving serious and complex offences.
Laura has spent time with different organisations including shadowing a Prosecutor for the Service Prosecuting Authority and assisting a lawyer at the Metropolitan Police Legal Department dealing with disclosure applications relating to linked criminal and family proceedings. She has been praised for her professionalism and resourcefulness.
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Laura undertook a two-week secondment to the Nursing and Midwifery Council, during which she reviewed and drafted a range of documents and case presented at substantive order review hearings.
Laura was instructed to take a note at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse in Custodial Institutions and assisted Nigel Pascoe QC with drafting a press statement for the client.
Laura spent a week observing inquests at Avon Coroner’s Court and is a member of the UK Inquest Lawyers Group.
Feedback from those that have instructed her has included:
‘…this is a fantastic result and thank you for staying around to speak with Mr and Mrs X which allowed the Court to be able to hear the matter yesterday. Thank you for your hard work on this matter.’
‘Laura, that is an absolutely amazing outcome!! Thanks so much.’
‘Many thanks for your efforts today and for reporting so promptly... your assistance has been much appreciated.’
‘Thank you very much for your help in this matter, kind call yesterday and comprehensive note – first class’
Instructing solicitor, Partner - ‘I’m very grateful for your assistance and speedy update.’
- BPTC, The University of Law, 2013 - Very competent
- LLB (Hons), The University of Bristol, 2012 - 2:1
- President of the Bar Society, 2011-2012
- Member of the Committee, Sports Representative and Netball Captain of the University of Bristol Law Club, 2010-2011
- Benefactors’ Scholarship, The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, 2012
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