Laura is recommended counsel in the latest editions of The Legal 500 and Chambers UK, where she has been ranked for a number of years. Laura has a wealth of experience in social housing and property and her practice is beyond the year of her call.
Her social housing law practice is vast and she frequently acts in the following matters: possession claims, homelessness, anti-social behaviour, unlawful eviction and sub-letting. Laura acts for and against local authorities, registered providers and individuals. She has a burgeoning interest in private sector licensing schemes.
Her property law practice is booming and she works for residential and commercial landlords and tenants in the full range of real estate litigation matters.
Laura is a recommended trial advocate and accepts instructions to appear in court, attend conferences, advise and draft. Laura is also an experienced advocate in mediation. She is direct-access qualified. She provides a well-attended seminar programme on real estate and social housing law.
In May 2015 Laura was successful in the Supreme Court in the matter of Haile v LBWF  UKSC 34. The Supreme Court found that Ms Haile was not intentionally homeless despite being found so by the authority, the County Court and Court of Appeal, and re-interpreted the former leading case on the point. The case changes homelessness law significantly, and what will be required from local authorities with regards to their homelessness duties.
Laura has appeared in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court in Berrisford v Mexfield, where she was led to represent a large housing cooperative in relation to a landlord and tenant matter. She has also appeared as junior again in the Supreme Court in Haile v LBWF, a homelessness case, challenging the meaning of intentional homelessness.
- LL.B hons (University of Durham, St Mary’s College)
- Master of Jurisprudence (University of Durham, Ustinov College)
- Bar Vocational Course, very competent (BPP, Leeds)
Prior to coming to the bar Laura tutored at Durham University in European Law. She continues to regularly lecture and advise, often for students and professionals at Lincoln’s Inn.
- Housing Law Practitioners Association
- Property Bar Association (Committee Member)
- Social Housing Law Association