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Practice Overview

Laura specialises in family law and has been practising for nearly 20 years in this area. She advises and represents children, parents, relatives, prospective adopters and local authorities.

Laura has a very strong reputation in all areas of children law, particularly in relation to her work in complex private law matters and child protection cases. She acts in cases involving allegations of sexual abuse, including historical sexual abuse, non-accidental injury, fabricated induced illness and radicalisation. In the private law sphere, she represents parents and children in the most serious cases, involving domestic abuse, allegations of emotional harm and manipulation and issues relating to parental mental health.

  • Children (Public Law)
    Laura has a wealth of experience representing both applicant local authorities and respondent families and children in care proceedings. She is well versed in child protection procedure within Local Authorities, including pre-proceedings, and offers sensitive and straightforward advice to those she represents. She has appeared in multi-week trials in the Family Court and High Court, alone and as a leading junior.
     
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  • Children (Private Law)

    Laura is in high demand in her private law practice, representing mothers, fathers and children in applications for child arrangement orders. In particular, she has experience in private law cases involving serious allegations of domestic abuse, including sexual abuse, assault and coercive controlling behaviour. She appears in cases involving allegations of parental alienation and cases in which parents have serious psychological and psychiatric conditions.

    Notable cases include:

    Re D (A Child) (Appeal out of Time) [2020] EWHC 1167 (Fam)

    In the Matter of H (Children) (Appeal: Case Management: Part 25 of Expert Treatment) [2019] EWHC 237 (Fam)

  • International Family Law

    Laura represents parents in the UK and abroad in cross-jurisdictional disputes and where applications are made for permission to remove a child from the jurisdiction is sought. Laura has experience in practising internationally, having worked as an attorney in the Cayman Islands in 2010 – 2011, during which time most of her practice involved cases with an international element, including leave to remove children from the jurisdiction temporarily and permanently, and cases in which jurisdiction is an issue. Laura has represented parents accused of abduction in this jurisdiction and in Jersey. Laura has also dealt with cases involving the repatriation of children, unaccompanied, from war zones.

    Notable cases include:

    Re Orphans from Syria [2019] EWHC 3202 (Fam) 

    London Borough of Barking & Dagenham v C & M [2014] EWHC 2472; Re M (Children: Jurisdiction) [2016] EWFC B92

  • Adoption

    Laura represents applicants for adoption in international and domestic cases. She has experience in non-Convention international adoptions and in cases involving adoption breakdown.

    Notable cases include:

    T (A Child: Refusal of Adoption Order), Re [2020] EWCA Civ 797 (02 July 2020)

  • What the Directories Say

    “A first choice and a reliable choice. Technically brilliant with a fine attention to detail. Laura is a charismatic and persuasive advocate and a tremendous lateral thinker.” Tier 2 – Legal 500, 2022

    "Is truly exceptional, she masters the detail of most complex cases with ease." Tier 3 - Legal 500, 2021

    "Calm, confident, and organised in the face of inflammatory counterparties." "She knows the case law in tremendous detail, and is a great personality who instils confidence in her clients." "A cool and effective advocate who glides around the courtroom." Band 3 - Chambers and Partners, 2021

    “Has an affinity with everyone she engages with from judges, opponents and clients; a precise thinker.” Tier 3 - Legal 500, 2020

    “Clients always adore her. She’s not aggressive, which is something clients like, but she’s got a persuasive manner about her and can push a point without alienating the judge or upsetting people." Band 4 - Chambers and Partners, 2020

    “Laura really does fight for everything her client wants and doesn’t stop until that’s been achieved.” Band 4 - Chambers and Partners, 2020

    "Laura has an excellent ability to grasp the key issues and facts from an early stage." Legal 500, 2019 

    "She has an approachable manner, and is a persuasive and confident advocate." Chambers and Partners, 2019

    "She's very personable and has a good client manner with people from all walks of life. She shows fantastic attention to detail, is able to pick out the key issues in cases and is really effective in court."  Chambers and Partners, 2017

    "She is brilliant with vulnerable and less able clients – patient and compassionate."  Legal 500, 2017

    "She has amazing attention to detail, is brilliant with clients, is a great advocate, has a very calm persona and is very effective." Chambers and Partners, 2016

Legal 500

Leading Junior

Tier 2 - 2022

Chambers and Partners

Ranked

Band 3 - 2021

Legal 500

Leading Junior

Tier 3 - 2021

Chambers and Partners

Ranked

Band 4 - 2020

Legal 500

Leading Junior

Tier 3 - 2020

Family Law Awards

Junior Barrister of the Year - Finalist

2019