Lara was called to the bar by the Honourable Society of Middle Temple in 1999, having previously read law at Liverpool John Moores University, before undertaking a master’s degree in International and European law at Liverpool University.
Lara specialises in personal injury work and has acted for both Claimants and Defendants in clinical disputes (especially involving gynaecological and obstetric issues), public and employer liability cases, road traffic litigation, high value Criminal Injury Compensation cases, inquests and catastrophic injury litigation. Lara has a particular interest in cases involving acquired brain injuries and serious spinal injuries.
In respect of high value and catastrophic injury claims, Lara is a strong believer in a team-based approach, and advises having a tactical and strategic plan in place from the outset to maximise or minimise the damages (and costs). In addition, Lara will be happy to discuss with you any particular matter which requires the instruction of an appropriate expert having built up extensive knowledge of many experts in many fields over the years.
Accordingly, Lara appears before courts at all levels and is engaged in all aspects of the litigation process from drafting pleadings and advising in conference through to schedules of loss, general application work, trials and appeals. Lara is also regularly instructed in respect of CCMC hearings across the country.
With regard to road traffic litigation, Lara is regularly instructed in cases involving credit hire, allegations of fraud and ‘low velocity impact’ claims.
Lara appeared for the Claimant in the matter of ‘PV,’ a severe brain injury case before a tribunal involving injuries to an infant. Damages circa £3 million were obtained at an assessment.
Lara also practises in Landlord and Tenant with particular emphasis upon unlawful eviction and anti- social behaviour.
In the case of LvC, Lara was instructed as junior counsel in a case where the claimant, a motorcyclist, suffered a brain injury and blindness as a result of the injuries. The case involved (in particular) issues surrounding contributory negligence and causation arising out of a failure to wear a crash helmet. Settlement circa £800,000.Book BarristerBack to top