5 Unity Street Chambers, Bristol BS1 5HH
0117 906 9789 / 0117 906 9799 (fax)
Year of Call and Inn
2012 Gray’s Inn
Laura joined Unity Street Chambers in 2014 following the successful completion of her pupillage.
She 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 has developed a successful mixed practice and regularly appears in courts throughout the South West. She has a particular interest in the following areas:
Immigration, Asylum and Nationality
Laura has a busy and growing immigration practice and receives regular instructions to appear before the First- and Upper- Tier Tribunal in bail and asylum appeals.
Laura has experience of cases involving unaccompanied asylum-seeking children as well as victims of torture, sexual violence and human trafficking.
Her professional, yet approachable manner enables her to build a rapid rapport with vulnerable appellants and their families and she is able to deal sensitively with traumatic aspects of asylum claims.
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 considerable experience in occupiers’ liability, employers’ liability, public liability and road traffic collision cases and is also instructed in cases involving low velocity impact and allegations of fraud.
Where appropriate she will consider cases on a conditional fee basis.
Laura acts for both landlords and tenants in disputes arising out of residential tenancies.
She has particular experience in applications for gas injunctions, possession proceedings and disputes arising out of lack of protection of tenancy deposits.
Laura 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 and she is well respected by professional clients and opponents alike.
Laura regularly appears in the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts for trials, special reasons arguments, exceptional hardship arguments and appeals of conviction and sentence.
N v SSHD (2017) Laura successfully appealed the Home Office refusal of asylum in a case involving a child victim of human trafficking.
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.
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
German language, singing, foreign travel