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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.

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 immigration and asylum practice and receives regular instructions to appear before the First-Tier and Upper Tribunals across the country in bail, immigration and asylum appeals.

She is able to advise on the merits of appeal to the Upper Tribunal and will draft grounds of appeal on a pro bono basis in appropriate cases.

Laura is experienced in dealing with difficult and complex appeals, often involving vulnerable clients and language barriers.
She has represented unaccompanied asylum-seeking children as well as victims of torture, sexual violence and human trafficking.
Her calm, clear, measured approach enables her to build a rapid rapport with appellants and their families and she is able to deal sensitively with traumatic aspects of asylum claims.

Her written ability is regularly commended by Tribunal judges and she is well respected by professional clients, opponents and members of the judiciary alike.

Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence

Laura’s personal injury practice is split between claimant and defendant work in cases involving occupiers’ liability, employers’ liability (including industrial disease), public liability and road traffic collision cases and she is also instructed in cases involving low velocity impact and allegations of fraud.

She regularly conducts interlocutory hearings, CCMCs, infant settlement approval hearings and trials on the small claim, fast and multi tracks in County Courts throughout the South West.

Where appropriate she will consider cases on a conditional fee basis.

Family

Laura has a growing private family practice. She represents applicants and respondents through all stages of private law children matters including at fact-finding and final hearings.

Laura frequently deals with cases involving domestic abuse and is regularly instructed to represent applicants and respondents in applications for non-molestation and occupation orders.

Laura’s approach to dealing with lay clients in her private family practice is complemented by her immigration and asylum work which involves managing anxious and often vulnerable clients.

Landlord and Tenant

Social housing: Laura accepts instructions from claimants and defendants in a wide range of cases such as anti-social behaviour injunctions and possession proceedings (including cases featuring Equality Act 2010 issues).

Private landlord and tenant: Laura acts for both landlords and tenants in disputes arising out of residential tenancies.
She has particular experience in possession proceedings, disputes arising out of lack of protection of tenancy deposits and service/management charge disputes.

Notable Cases

Notable Cases
K v SSHD (2019) The Home Office refused an elderly Afghan woman’s asylum, humanitarian protection and Article 8 claims. Laura successfully appealed the decision and the appeal was allowed on all grounds.

N v SSHD (2017) Laura successfully appealed the Home Office refusal of asylum in a case involving a child victim of human trafficking.

A v SSHD (2017) Laura represented an unaccompanied Iraqi child in their appeal where credibility was in issue. The appeal was allowed under Article 3 during the course of submissions.

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.

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

German language, singing, foreign travel, yoga