Crime

Laura regularly appears in the Crown and Magistrates’ Courts  dealing with trials,  appeal hearings, sentencing hearings, PTPH’s and bail applications.

Recent cases include :

  • Being  instructed in Crown Court trials involving offences such as: possession of Class A (heroin) with intent to supply, robbery, fraud, making indecent photos of children, sexual communications with children, dangerous driving, possession of criminal property, offences against the person, breaches of court orders, and making off without payment.
  • Providing  written advice on various matters including merits, prospects of appeal and funding.
    Laura has experience of cases involving psychiatric evidence and has provided advice on how such evidence impacts upon the capacity of the defendant/witnesses and whether such evidence amounts to a defence or would assist in mitigation.
  • Dealing with vulnerable clients and sensitive issues such as allegations of homophobia/transphobia and racism.
    Applications for Domestic Violence Protection Orders and has been instructed by the Probation Service to prosecute breaches of community orders.
  • Instructed by local authorities to prosecute education matters. She was recently instructed in a case where the defendant parent raised issues relating to the T-Code relating to travellers and absence from school.
  • Laura has also been instructed as a noting junior and in noting briefs in 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.

Recent cases

  • Crown Court appeal- Successful appeal against conviction for theft from a stall. The case involved identification evidence.
  • Indecent photos of children and attempted sexual communications with a child-successful application to vacate guilty pleas.
  • Careless driving and failure to stop - successfully defended a London taxi driver at trial.
  • Speeding offence-Successful exceptional hardship argument which prevented the client being disqualified.
  • Careless driving-Successfully defended a client at trial accused of colliding with an 84-year old lady who sustained head and neck injuries.
  • Driving without insurance- Successfully defended a client who was accused of driving for business purposes without business insurance.
  • Assault by beating- Successfully defended a client at trial accused of assaulting her son. Evidence from a psychiatrist was relied on to show that her reaction was a result of past trauma.

Recommendations

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.’

‘Thank you for getting your attendance notes over so quickly and thank you for your work on these, my instructing client is always extremely complementary of you!’

‘Many thanks for your help in all of this which has to be said, to be very difficult circumstances and of course your representation and expeditious notes.’

‘Many thanks for your efforts today and for reporting so promptly... your assistance has been much appreciated.’

‘Thank you for your work on achieving this very successful outcome.’

‘Excellent result…not an easy achievement in a Magistrates’ Trial so very well done…Congratulations on the result again – and for all your help with this case.’

‘Thank you very much for your help in this matter, kind call yesterday and comprehensive note – first class’

‘I must congratulate you on X’s comment that you were ‘excellent’ it being a significant achievement in light of his concerns about a change of barrister before trial. I am grateful to you and will be very happy to recommend you in future.’

"I am very grateful for your assistance and speedy update.’ Instructing solicitor, Partner

 

 

 

Laura accepts instructions in criminal, civil includ

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.’

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Academic qualifications

  • BPTC, The University of Law, 2013 - Very competent
  • LLB (Hons), The University of Bristol, 2012 - 2:1

Scholarships

  • 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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