Laura has a busy court and paper practice and is instructed in a range of civil, criminal and family matters. Her varied practice provides for a versatile advocate; she has experience of multi-day trials and discrete applications across each area.
In her civil practice, Laura is regularly instructed in fast track work and increasingly in multi-track cases. Her family practice largely involves public care cases, representing Local Authorities and respondents. Laura also undertakes some private law family matters. Laura’s criminal practice includes prosecution and defence work in both adult and youth matters across London and the Home Counties.
Laura is keen to expand her areas of practice, especially in clinical negligence and court of protection work. Laura is confident in approaching new areas of work and working with lay and professional
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Laura accepts instructions to advise on liability, evidence and quantum in a range of civil matters. She has been instructed in industrial disease cases, particularly asbestos exposure causing mesothelioma, and is keen to increase her industrial disease practice.
Laura is regularly instructed for hearings and applications in fast track and multi-track matters. She has appeared in the SCCO to argue points of principle on costs law and has an interest in this area.
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 families where death has involved clinical negligence and has been a starting point for a claim.
News articles: http://www.9goughsquare.co.uk/news/1355/
Laura has contributed to Chambers’ ‘Clinical Negligence Claims: A Practical Guide’ Manual and Guide on Road Traffic Liability.
Resiling from admissions on liability: http://www.9goughsquare.co.uk/news/1154/
Recoverability of fixed fast track costs: http://www.9goughsquare.co.uk/news/1130/
Costs budgeting following Harrison : http://www.9goughsquare.co.uk/news/1327/
(Con)Textual Healing – contract interpretation following Woods : http://www.9goughsquare.co.uk/news/1341/
Whether solicitors have a ‘duty to probe’ into potential heads of claim in fixed cost cases: http://www.9goughsquare.co.uk/news/1364/
Laura regularly undertakes work for police forces 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, including Sexual Harm Prevention Orders, Football Banning orders and POCA hearings. She is instructed by both the police and relevant agencies, including HMRC for POCA applications.
Laura accepts both prosecution and defence work. She has prosecuted for the Crown Prosecution Service in London and across the South Eastern Circuit. 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 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 accepts instructions across Chambers’ family law practice. She has appeared for Local Authorities, parents, grandparents/interveners and guardians in all aspects of public care cases and emergency applications. She is regularly instructed in final hearings and has been praised by judges for her efficient and professional presentation of cases. Laura 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 is 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.
• Re K (A Child)  EWCA Civ 2044 – Laura represented the respondent mother at the final hearing and during the appeal process.
Laura accepts instructions in all aspects of Court of Protection work. She has represented family members during contested deputyship applications and has advised and drafted grounds for Mental Capacity Act cases. Laura has frequently dealt with Deprivation of Liberty cases concerning adults and children. She is keen to further her Court of Protection practice.
Due to her multi-disciplinary practice, Laura is able to use her knowledge from both family and personal injury/clinical negligence cases when Court of Protection cases straddle these areas. Laura’s family, and particularly her Local Authority work, includes welfare proceedings and often the issue of capacity is raised. Laura is well placed to represent and advise vulnerable clients and their families, which lends itself to the Court of Protection work.