36 Young Street, Manchester, M3 3FT
DX: 718188 MCH 3
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5 Park Square, Leeds, LS1 2NE
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Embassy House, 60 Church Street,
Birmingham, B3 2DJ
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Direct Dial: 0121 200 3570
Clerked by:Paul Clarke
Laura regularly appears in tribunals throughout the UK, presenting cases ranging from preliminary hearings to multi-day final hearings. Her practice encompasses all aspects of employment law, including commercial disputes. She has a strong record in gaining orders for costs in favour of Respondents.
Her particular interests include pregnancy discrimination, TUPE and disability discrimination arising from alleged mental impairments.
In addition to Laura’s commercial employment practice, her civil court work has included COT3 enforcement proceedings, as well as successfully defending allegations of discrimination against education providers and leaseholders.
Significant Reported Cases
Ward Brothers (Malton) Ltd v Middleton and Others (2013) UKEAT/0249/13/RN,  All ER (D) 140 (Mar)
Laura’s practice encompasses employment law, personal injury and sports law.
Laura appears in employment tribunals throughout the UK for both Claimants and Respondents including British Airways, John Lewis PLC, Tesco, ASDA, Unite the Union, USDAW, various public healthcare employers including Ambulance Service Trusts and Hospital Trusts and professional bodies such as the BMA.
Additionally, Laura undertakes commercial employment work including issues of breach of confidentiality, restrictive covenants, inducement, conspiracy and conversion.
Laura’s sports law practice has involved her advising on matters such as club to club bonus contractual disputes and FA Agents Regulations.
Laura’s personal injury practice encompasses a wide range of Fast Track and Multi Track matters. She has particular interest and experience in Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals, travel law and disease litigation.
Laura provides regular CPD training and has had articles published in the Financial Times, Personnel Today, People Management Magazine and the Manchester Evening News. She has recorded a podcast for CPDCast entitled ‘A Practical Introduction to Employment Law’.
Prior to joining Kings Chambers, Laura worked in the Defendant Occupational Health team of a large regional law firm and later undertook pupillage at 3 Serjeants’ Inn, focusing on clinical negligence, professional disciplinary, employment law and inquests.
Year of Call: 2009
Areas of Expertise
- Employment Law
- Occupational Disease
- Personal Injury
- Sports Law
Chambers and Partners, Employment Bar Northern, recommended as Up and Coming:
"She is very good at getting to the crux of the case quickly and building an instant rapport with clients and instilling confidence."
“Her technical knowledge of the difficult levels of employment law is exceptional; she's always thoroughly prepared, she's personable and good with clients.
“Laura represents clients' interests well, manages client expectations with a keen eye for detail.” Lisa Joyce, DTM Legal
“When it finally went to court you arranged for a barrister to defend me and she was perfect for me as she was so professional and down to earth” Feedback from an employment lay client sent to Laura’s Instructing Solicitor.
Employment Lawyers Association
Personal Injury Bar Association
Free Representation Unit
North Eastern Circuit
What are the main maternity rights of a surrogate mother? Financial Times
In sickness and in holiday ANGED v FASGA, Personnel Today
Redman v Devon Primary Care Trust case review, People Management Magazine
Life-long medical condition or disability? Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust v Norris, People Management Magazine
Common sense over sensitivity? Heafield v Times Newspaper Ltd, People Management Magazine
Permanent health insurance payments and age discrimination Witham v Capita Insurance Service Limited, People Management Magazine
Review of TUPE Changes, Manchester Evening News
‘A Practical Introduction to Employment Law’ CPDCast: http://bit.ly/13fr7XV