Laura was called to the Bar in 2009 and completed pupillage under the supervision of Guy Mathieson. Prior to coming to the Bar, Laura worked as a legal advisor for Staffordshire Trading Standards following a successful internship at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg where she was involved in the review and enforcement of money laundering and financing of terrorism provisions.
Away from work Laura is a keen runner and trains with Salford Harriers AC.
- Northern Circuit
Laura has a busy Crown Court practice dealing with a variety of cases, with particular experience of cross-examination of very young children and other vulnerable witnesses, as well as dealing with defendants with learning difficulties or mental health issues.
Sexual Offences – Cases
R v A (Crown Court at Manchester Minshull St, 2015) Defending a taxi driver of good character against an allegation of sexual assault on a customer.
R v K (Crown Court at Derby, 2015) Defending sexual assault involving neighbours.
R v T (Crown Court at Carlisle, 2014) Historic familial sex offences dating back to 1999
R v R (Liverpool Youth Court, 2014) Successfully defended 16-year-old boy requiring an intermediary for ADHD. Trial involved cross-examination of the defendant’s six-year-old niece.
R v Q (Blackpool Youth Court, 2014) Defended 11-year-old boy charged with robbery and sexual assault on vulnerable females.
Assault and Public Order – Cases
R v Brazier (Crown Court at Stoke-on-Trent, 2015): Defending a 22-year-old male of good character concerning an allegation of section 20 grievous bodily harm. Defendant had a diagnosis of Aspergers syndrome and utilised an intermediary.
R v Lynch (Crown Court at Manchester Minshull Street, 2014): Defending a male of good character of an allegation of blackmail where charge was reduced to a public order offence.
R v A (Bury Youth Court, 2012) Defended 16-year-old with four 11-year-old witnesses. Application to dismiss the case at the conclusion of the Crown’s case was successful, as well as obtaining a defence costs order and wasted costs order from the Crown in respect of trial delays.
Dishonesty – Cases
Royal Mail v.- Duckett, Edwards and Edwards (Crown Court at Swansea, 2015): Successful defence of a young petrol station employee implicated in a fuel card fraud, prosecution offered no evidence on the first day of the two-week listed trial.
Burnley MBC v Davis (Crown Court at Burnley, 2014): Successful prosecution of a defendant who had failed to notify the council of a beneficial interest in the rented property for which he claimed benefit. The case involved a detailed analysis of the legislation and case law in relation to the definition of a beneficial interest for the purposes of the Social Security (Administration) Act 1992.
Proceeds of Crime – Cases
HMRC v Patel and Patel (Trafford Magistrates’ Court/Crown Court at Manchester Minshull Street 2012) Cash forfeiture case dealing with multi-jurisdictional issues and complex legal argument in relation to costs and appeals against costs.
Edmer Transport SC v HMRC Trafford Magistrates’ Court/Crown Court at Manchester Minshull Street 2012) Successful application to prevent appeal lodged out of time by Respondents at the Crown Court.
Laura also delivers seminars on contested forfeiture applications.
Animal Cruelty – Cases
R v Daniels (Crown Court at Liverpool, 2015) Successful prosecution of a dog owner following a second attack on a pedestrian.
RSPCA v Spicer (Shrewsbury Magistrates’ Court, 2014) Defending a retired vet charged with causing unnecessary suffering to two dogs resulting in them being put down. Trial involved extensive expert evidence relating to animal welfare.
R v Kelly (Burnley Magistrates’ Court, 2012) Defending a male against a number of allegations including animal cruelty in respect of his dog. Acquitted of assault and two counts of witness intimidation.
R V Nasir Khalil (et al) September 2016 Prosecuted in the case of four men who were found guilty of committing fraud by arranging sham marriages. The men, based in Rochdale, were sentenced to a total of six years and three months’ imprisonment. The case received coverage in the Sun and on the CPS website.Book BarristerBack to top
Laura has extensive experience dealing with inquests, acting for both properly interested persons and for the family.
Laura specialises in deaths in custody and with a strong criminal and prison law practice is extremely well placed to deal with deaths in both prisons and secure hospitals, and is confident dealing with paper-heavy cases.
Deaths in Custody – Cases
In the Matter of NP (Bolton Coroner’s Court, 2015) Acted for the family of Neal Price, 26, from Oldham, who was found dead in his cell at HMP Forest Bank in Salford.
In the Matter of GD (Ruthin Coroner’s Court, 2015) Acting on behalf of the family following the death of a man who stabbed himself in the stomach while in custody. The case was reported on the BBC website and in the Daily Post. Read more information about the case here.
In the Matter of GS (Warrington Coroner’s Court, 2015) Acting on behalf of the family following the cardiac-related death of a prisoner at HMP Risley.
In the Matter of KQ (Bolton Coroner’s Court, 2015) Acting on behalf of the family following the cardiac-related death at HMP Forest Bank.
In the Matter of CF (Bolton Coroner’s Court, 2013) Acting on behalf of the family in a death in custody case following the death of a prisoner suffering from schizophrenia in a secure hospital.
In the Matter of BS (Trafford Coroner’s Court, 2013) Lengthy death in custody inquest concerning the death of an epileptic detainee in the cells of a local court centre. A number of recommendations were made by the coroner following the conclusion of the inquest which received national press coverage. Acting on behalf of the family.
Health and Safety – Cases
In the Matter of JPB (Liverpool Coroner’s Court, 2014) Representing the security and cleaning services at a shopping centre following the death of a homeless man who had fallen asleep in a skip used by the centre.
In the Matter of JL (Stafford Coroner’s Court, 2013) HSE inquest acting on behalf of the family, following a cattle-related death of an employee on a dairy farm
In the Matter of CCT (Preston Coroner’s Court, 2012) Seven-day inquest into the death of a customer at liveried stables and riding school, which involved complex legal argument relating to privilege against self-incrimination. Instructed on behalf of the Local Authority.
In the Matter of AC (Heywood Coroner’s Court, 2015) Acting on behalf of the family following a road traffic collision in Sierra Leone during the course of employment.
In the Matter of KB (Liverpool Coroner’s Court, 2014) Acting on behalf of the family following the suicide of an out patient of community mental health service
Laura also recently was invited to contribute to the INQUEST Handbook regarding Work-related Deaths.Book BarristerBack to top
Laura has experience in a wide variety of regulatory prosecution including those by the Health and Safety Executive, Environment Agency and Greater Manchester Fire Agency.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service v Mannan (Manchester Magistrates’ Court, 2012) Defending the owner of a local fast food restaurant, prosecuted for breaching GMFRS guidelines.
HSE v Arrow Flexible Packaging (Trafford Magistrates’ Court, 2012) Defending the owners of a factory where worker lost a finger whilst operating machinery.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service v Amilico (Stockport Magistrates’ Court, 2014) Prosecuting breaches of fire safety legislation at a warehouse in Stockport.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service v B&M Quilting (Stockport Magistrates’ Court, 2014) Prosecuting breaches of fire safety legislation at a business premises in Stockport.
Professional Representation cases
HCPC v Turner (HCPC Tribunal, 2014) Representing a CAFCASS officer in respect of an allegation of submitting a misleading reference to an employment agency on behalf of her husband, also a qualified social worker.
R v JW (Runcorn Magistrates Court, 2015) Three-day trial representing a serving police officer against stalking, harassment and malicious communications offences, as well as breach of RIPA. Despite several aggravating features an immediate custodial sentence was avoided.
R v HY (Crown Court at Preston, 2016) Representing a serving police officer accused of dangerous driving following a collision that occurred during an emergency response. Acquitted following a three-day trial involving extensive expert evidence.Book BarristerBack to top