Laura’s family practice is predominantly public care work. She frequently appears for Local Authorities, parents, grandparents/interveners and guardians in all aspects of public care cases and emergency applications including Deprivation of Liberty applications. She is regularly instructed in final hearings, and has been praised by judges for her efficient and professional presentation of cases. Laura is experienced in representing vulnerable clients during care proceedings, particularly young mothers, and solicitors instruct her due to her sensitive approach.
Laura has also advised Local Authorities regarding disclosure of care proceedings into criminal proceedings, and has attended the Crown Court on behalf of the Local Authority.
Having experience of criminal and personal injury cases means Laura is able to use her knowledge when family cases intersect these areas – such as when there are concurrent criminal proceedings and allegations of non-accidental injuries requiring medical evidence.
Notable Family Law cases
Re K (A Child)  EWCA Civ 2044
Laura represented the respondent mother, at the final hearing and during the appeal process.
Re M (2019)
Laura represented the paternal grandmother in highly sensitive and acrimonious care proceedings following the mother killing the father.
Re P (2020)
Laura represented a father throughout care proceedings, successfully resisting two application for interim separation by the local authority. The case concluded with the three subject children remaining in his care, one child not being his own biologically.
Re A (2021)
Laura represented the local authority in proceedings which concluded with a fully contested final hearing regarding threshold and care plans. The court made findings in line with Laura’s submissions and threshold document. She then represented the local authority in injunction proceedings against the parents following threats being made towards staff and to abduct the children.