Laura joined chambers in October 2017, following successful completion of her pupillage under the supervision of Maya Sikand and James Scobie QC. She hopes to cultivate a broad practice in civil claims against the police and public authorities, inquests, prison law, mental health, and public law.
Laura has garnered significant experience in numerous factually and legally complex actions against the police, inquests, and related judicial review challenges. During her pupillage, she also assisted Maya Sikand in bringing criminal appeals concerning victims of trafficking, and attendant statutory compensation claims via the Miscarriages of Justice Applications Service (MoJAS). She was further involved in an Article 2 inquest into a death in custody at HMP High Down, which resulted in the return of a highly critical narrative conclusion on the composite failings of the prison and healthcare teams to support the deceased’s mental health needs.
Laura is adept at advising on a range of issues across the civil, human rights, and public law spectrum. Her focus within judicial review lies primarily within the areas of prisoner’s rights, coroner’s inquests, police claims, and criminal justice issues. In particular, she has advised on numerous claims within the prison law context, challenging decisions pertaining to parole, discipline and prisoner’s welfare.
Her ability to marshal extensive evidence is closely informed by her advocacy experience within both the criminal and immigration forum. This includes regular appearances in the First-Tier Immigration Tribunal, representing often vulnerable clients in asylum appeals, including unaccompanied minors, and those fleeing from gender-based persecution.
Prior to joining Garden Court Chambers, Laura worked at Advocates for International Development, a legal NGO which operates as a pro bono broker between the legal community and development organisations. She assisted specifically in the area of legal training, organising programmes covering topics such as environmental law, land rights and tax justice. Prior to that, her experience was based in the journalism sector.
- Eastham Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2016)
- Buchanan Prize, Lincoln’s Inn (2016)
- Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2015)
- Robert Styring Award, Cambridge University (2012)
- Trinity Tripos Prize, Cambridge University (2012)
- Runner up in the Cassandra Jardine Memorial Prize – national young female journalists’ competition (2014)
Laura acts on a pro bono basis in bail hearings on behalf of those subject to immigration detention. She also represents children permanently excluded from school at Independent Review Panel hearings.
She has undertaken pro bono work for Bail for Immigration Detainees, Just for Kids Law, and the National Centre for Domestic Violence.