Recommended as a leading junior in employment and discrimination law who acts in cases ‘that stand to have lasting effects on the law’ and is sought out for advice on everything from ‘high-value City claims and High Court matters to complex discrimination claims.’ (Chambers UK)
"She is fantastic, her written work is fantastic, she’s extremely good in meetings. She is a very safe pair of hands and completely calm under fire." (Chambers UK 2017)
"A calm and incisive junior with a confidence born out of the fact that she knows her case backwards." (Chambers and Partners 2015)
"Very good with clients and able to instil confidence." (Chambers and Partners 2015)
Laura’s practice spans the range of employment, equality, partnership and commercial disputes as well as public and tax law.
In 2015 she was appointed to the panel of Counsel for the Equality and Human Rights Commission and in 2014 as Junior Counsel to the Crown (C-Panel).
She has advised and represented clients in the Employment Tribunal, the Employment Appeal Tribunal, the High Court and Court of Appeal and is regularly instructed on high-value or high-profile cases.
Many of her employer clients are from the financial services sector and include investment banks, private equity houses and hedge funds. She also acts for employers in the education and health care sectors (including the NHS), blue chip companies, local authorities, trade unions, charities and both local and national government departments. Her claimant clients are often senior executives and she has experience of securing high value compensatory awards involving the assessment of whole career loss.
Laura has particular experience of complex discrimination and whistleblowing complaints and disciplinary/regulatory matters. Her commercial practice intersects with her employment work and encompasses post-termination restraints, High Court injunctions and LLP/Partnership disputes.
Her public law practice primarily centres on educational and equalities issues. She has acted in judicial review applications in the High Court and appeared in the First Tier and Upper Tribunals in relation to SEN issues.
In relation to tax, Laura is instructed in both statutory appeals and judicial review claims on behalf of both HMRC and the tax payer and has appeared in the specialist tax tribunals, the High Court and Court of Appeal.
Before becoming a barrister Laura worked in journalism for Reuters Business TV and BBC News and for Hillary Clinton in her New York Senate Office.
Her principal areas of expertise include:
Recent appellate work includes:
Notable recent tribunal cases include:
Laura conducts disciplinary and grievance investigations on behalf of educational establishments, financial institutions and local authorities. Recently she has:
Laura’s commercial practice encompasses business protection matters, including High Court injunctions, misuse of confidential information and bonus disputes. She is also instructed in contractual disputes, LLP/Partnership disputes, competition claims, procurement and costs. In 2013 she spent four months on secondment at the Office of Fair Trading where she was involved in a formal investigation into epyx Ltd. [“Epyx”] – a company supplying e-trading platforms in the automotive industry – whom the OFT had reasonable grounds to believe was abusing its dominant market position.
Her recent commercial cases include:
Laura’s public law practice centres on educational and immigration issues and often dovetails with her discrimination work. She has acted in judicial review applications concerning public sector equality duties under the Equality Act 2010, and recently advised the NASUWT teachers’ union on a potential judicial review application in relation to Government changes to performance management and capability procedures
led by Helen Mountfield QC. Her recent cases include:
Laura is developing a substantial contentious tax practice in which she is instructed in cases by both HMRC and the taxpayer. She has experience of both statutory appeals and judicial review claims in the tax context and has appeared in the specialist tax tribunals, the High Court and Court of Appeal.
Her recent instructions include:
Her recent seminars and publications are:
She is a member of ELA, ELBA, COMBAR and ELAAS.