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5 Unity Street Chambers, Bristol BS1 5HH
0117 906 9789 / 0117 906 9799 (fax)
laura.gardner@unitystreetchambers.com

Year of Call and Inn

2012 Gray’s Inn

Professional Details

Laura joined Unity Street Chambers in 2014 following the successful completion of her pupillage. Since then, she has developed a growing and successful civil and criminal law practice. Laura has excellent client communication skills and thrives working under pressure, particularly in court where her expertise as both a firm and persuasive advocate is admired. Laura’s attention to detail and rigorous preparation has made her increasingly sought after by clients.

Laura accepts instructions across all areas of Chambers’ work.

Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence

Laura accepts instructions from Claimants and Defendants and regularly conducts hearings and trials on the small claim and fast tracks in County Courts throughout the South West. She has advised on liability, quantum and evidence and drafted particulars of claim and defences. Where appropriate she will consider cases on a conditional fee basis.

Housing

Laura has particular experience in possession proceedings and has represented both Claimants and Defendants in the County Court.

Crime

Laura has a busy criminal practice and regularly appears in Crown, Magistrates’ and Youth Courts throughout the South West. She accepts defence instructions and also prosecutes for the Crown Prosecution Service and the Probation Service. Her calm, clear, measured approach to conducting cases in the Magistrates’ Court has received commendation.

Motoring

Laura regularly appears in the Magistrates’ Court for trials and exceptional hardship arguments as well as in the Crown Court for appeals in respect of conviction and sentence.

Immigration, Asylum and Nationality

Laura has recently joined the Immigration and Asylum team and has experience in entry clearance and asylum appeals before the First-Tier Tribunal.

Notable Cases

F v W & R – Laura represented Defendant tenants in a claim for possession. Once instructed, Laura identified a point of law that invalidated the s21 Notice thus ending proceedings in the Defendants’ favour without the need for a trial.
M v T – Laura represented the Claimant in a claim for unpaid rent and defended the counter-claim for compensation for improvements in respect of a dispute arising under the Agricultural Tenancies Act 1995.
R v N –Laura secured an acquittal following a 2 day trial at Bristol Magistrates’ Court in a case that concerned allegations of harassment spanning a period of 6 months.

Qualifications

2011-2012: BPTC (Outstanding)
2007-2011: Law and German LLB (Hons) University of Bristol

Awards and Prizes

2014: Ann Felicity Goddard Scholarship (Gray’s Inn)
2012: Western Circuit Advocacy Prize
2011: Gray’s Inn Junior Award

Interests

Laura enjoys singing and foreign travel. She has a keen interest in the German language and enjoys speaking, reading and listening to German at an advanced level.