Laura Laura

Barrister: Laura Hibberd


Inner Temple Exhibition Award; BPTC (Very Competent), Kaplan Law School; LLB Law & Politics, Cardiff University


As a junior tenant in Chambers, Laura is in court on a daily basis, regularly acting in a variety of civil, criminal and family matters. She has a varied practice which provides for a versatile advocate; she has experience of multi-day trials and discrete applications across each her areas of practice.

Laura's criminal practice includes prosecution and defence work in both adult and youth matters across London and the Home Counties. In her civil practice, Laura is regularly instructed in fast track work and increasingly in multi-track cases. Laura’s family practice largely involves public care cases, representing Local Authorities and parents. Laura also undertakes some private law family matters and financial proceedings.

Laura has a busy paper-based practice providing advice and drafting statements of case in civil proceedings. She is keen to expand her areas of practice, especially in clinical negligence, commercial, employment and court of protection work. Laura is confident in approaching new areas of work and working with lay and professional clients.

Laura graduated from Cardiff University having studied Law and Politics. She then completed an internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. There she was part of the prosecution team in the case of Staniši? & Zupljanin. Immediately prior to pupillage, Laura was a paralegal for a mesothelioma specialist solicitor based in London. There she worked closely with clients, drafted court documents and performed legal research.

Outside of work Laura is a keen swimmer, having been a competitive swimmer from a young age. She is also interested in music and theatre and plays several instruments herself. In addition, Laura is the chair of the board of trustees for an educational charity with which she has been involved for nearly ten years.

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Laura accepts instructions to advise on liability, evidence and quantum in a range of civil matters. She has been instructed to advise and draft pleadings for cases involving asbestos exposure causing mesothelioma.

Laura is regularly instructed for a variety of County Court hearings and applications. These include fast track trials, stage 3 RTA protocol hearings, relief from sanctions, applications and possession hearings. Laura appears in the Companies Court and has dealt with applications to restore a company name to the Register of Companies.

In addition, Laura accepts instructions to act for interested parties, including bereaved families and regulatory bodies in inquests conducted at the Coroners' Courts. She has represented a bereaved wife at an inquest where the death had occurred under medical care, and persuaded the Coroner to provide a narrative conclusion for the cause of death. During her pupillage, Laura also attended the In Amenas with Andrew Ritchie QC and her supervisor Shahram Sharghy, which concerned the terrorist attack on the BP Gas Plant in Algeria in January 2013.

Laura contributed to Chambers' 'Clinical Negligence Claims: A Practical Guide' Manual. A Practical Guide' Manual. Furthermore, she has co-authored an article with John Foy QC for the PI Brief Update Law Journal which discussed the recent High Court decision in Buswell v Symes & Anor [2015] EWHC 1379 (QB).

Crime & Police:


Laura accepts both prosecution and defence work. She regularly prosecutes for the Crown Prosecution Service in London and across the South Eastern Circuit, she also prosecutes for Transport for London. Laura accepts instructions to appear as a court appointed advocate.

Recent defence cases include:

  • R v Fitzsimons - Laura secured a dismissal for her client who was charged with assault following a successful submission of no case to answer.
  • R v Smith - Laura secured an acquittal for a strict liability road traffic offence.
  • R v P - Laura secured an acquittal for her client, a youth, who was accused of intimidating a witness.
  • R v Metsoukis - Laura successfully argued for special reasons in a drink driving case on the grounds of laced drinks.


Laura regularly undertakes work for the Metropolitan Police in a civil context. She has experience of Domestic Violence Protection Orders and closure orders. She has also advised and reviewed documents regarding LPP for Met Operations. 

Laura also has experience of Police applications such as Sexual Harm Prevention Orders, Football Banning orders and POCA hearings.


Laura accepts instructions across chambers' family law practice. She has appeared for Local Authorities in public care cases and also has experience of making emergency applications. Further, Laura has represented parents and guardians during public care proceedings. She has also been instructed by Local Authorities to provide advice regarding disclosure of care proceedings into criminal proceedings, and has attended the Crown Court on behalf of the Local Authority.

Laura has been instructed in private law family cases and has represented both applicant and respondent parents. These cases have involved issues surrounding contact with children and applications for non-molestation and occupancy orders often underpinned with allegations of domestic violence. Laura has also undertaken some ancillary relief work representing applicant and respondent parties at FDA and FDR stage.

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