Laura Gould



36 Young Street, Manchester, M3 3FT
DX: 718188 MCH 3
Direct Dial: 0161 832 9082


5 Park Square, Leeds, LS1 2NE
Direct Dial: 0113 242 1123


Embassy House, 60 Church Street,
Birmingham, B3 2DJ
Direct Dial: 0121 200 3570

Clerked by:
Paul Clarke
Harry Young


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.

Laura’s commercial employment practice has included dealing with interim injunctions and subsequent proceedings arising from allegations of breach of restrictive covenants, inducement to breach of contract, conspiracy and conversion. Additionally, she deals with other civil employment matters including stress claims, COT3 enforcement proceedings and 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, [2014] All ER (D) 140 (Mar)


"She is very good at getting to the crux of the case quickly and building an instant rapport with clients and instilling confidence." 

Chambers UK


Laura’s practice encompasses employment, sports, business and property 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. She also deals with overlapping TUPE and insolvency matters.

Laura has experience in a wide range of other commercial work including insolvency proceedings, partnership disputes, contractual disputes and consequent enforcement proceedings including charging orders and orders for sale

Laura’s sports law practice has involved her advising and representing parties on matters such as club to club bonus contractual disputes, contested boxing promotional rights and FA Agents Regulations.

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’.


Significant Reported Cases

Ward Brothers (Malton) Ltd v Middleton and Others (2013) UKEAT/0249/13/RN, [2014] All ER (D) 140 (Mar)


Year of Call: 2009

Areas of Expertise

Employment Lawyers Association

Northern Chancery Bar Association

Northern Circuit Commercial Bar Association

Free Representation Unit

Lincoln’s Inn

Northern 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:



Bar Vocational Course: Very Competent, Manchester Metropolitan University

Degree: LLB (Hons) Law, University of Liverpool

Secondary Education: Sandbach High School, South Cheshire College



Cholmondley Studentship (Lincoln’s Inn)

Pupillage Accommodation Award (Lincoln’s Inn)

Dean’s Award (for the highest result in conference skills on the BVC at MMU)

Leonard Sainer Legal Education Scholarship, sponsored by Dechert LLP

Pro Bono Award (University of Liverpool)



Chambers and Partners, Employment Bar Northern, recommended as Up and Coming:

"She is very good at getting to the crux of a matter quickly and she brings an air of calm to even the most complex of cases." 

‘She brings an air of calm to the most complex of cases.’

"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.



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