"Laura is passionate about her clients and is quick to grasp complex issues and how best to resolve them expertly. She is gentle yet firm when needed and continually demonstrates compassion, empathy and understanding in cases that are challenging and time-sensitive in nature." – Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law – Leading Juniors (Legal 500 – 2021)
Laura is a highly regarded Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law specialist with a busy inquest and Disclosure and Barring Service ("DBS") appeal practice.
Laura is recognised for her careful case preparation, considered legal submissions and persuasive advocacy, with an approachable style and emphasis on providing excellent client care.
Laura's core practice is in representing professional registrants, regulated entities and regulators, particularly in the healthcare sector. Her breadth of expertise means that Laura is able to assist clients in a variety of associated proceedings. She regularly undertakes inquest work, on behalf of interested persons and organisations. She advises and represents individuals facing DBS barring decisions, including appeals to the Upper Tribunal.
In 2019, Laura was appointed to the Health and Safety Executive's List of Specialist Regulatory Advocates.
Laura provides accurate and reliable written advice on all aspects of healthcare Regulatory Law, evidence and appeals.
Laura's current practice is founded upon a successful criminal defence practice. She continues to appear in the Crown Court, having successfully represented defendants in a wide range of cases, including blackmail, serious violence against the person, robbery, burglary, fraud and other dishonesty offences, weapons offences, sexual offences, drug offences and road traffic matters.
Laura is qualified to accept instructions from clients through the Direct Access scheme.
Laura frequently provides external training in her areas of specialism to external organisations, Regulators and fellow legal professionals.
Laura is also a qualified pupil supervisor.
- Criminal Bar Association
- Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL)
- Health and Safety Lawyers’ Association (HSLA)
Laura has particular expertise in Fitness to Practise proceedings, specialising in healthcare regulation. She represents registrants facing serious allegations involving sexual misconduct, dishonesty, patient and baby deaths. Laura brings sensitivity, experience and forensic legal analysis to complex and challenging cases, often involving multiple registrants and numerous expert witnesses. She has appeared in the full range of tribunal proceedings before regulators including:
- General Medical Council / Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service
- General Dental Council
- General Pharmaceutical Council
- Nursing and Midwifery Council
- Health and Care Professions Council
Laura has experience in advising and assisting registrants in appeals from tribunal decisions and those brought by the Professional Standards Authority ("PSA").
Following her appointment to the HSE List of Specialist Regulatory Advocates, Laura has been building a practise in representing government regulators and regulated entities. She has appeared for the Care Quality Commission ("CQC") on appeal against enforcement proceedings, at inquests and defended in criminal proceedings brought by the CQC.
Laura regularly advises individuals on appeals against DBS barring decisions, a growing area of regulation, and appeared in associated Upper Tribunal hearings. She also advises on appeals against disclosures included in enhanced record checks.
Laura has an growing practise in Coronial proceedings, representing interested persons, corporate entities and Regulators, often in complex and lengthy inquests, including those engaging Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights and those requiring juries.
Inquest touching upon the death of AB (2021)
Instructed to represent one of the midwives employed by East Kent University NHS Foundation Trust.
GMC v KG (2020)
Successful application for restoration to the Register for a GP previously struck off following findings of fraud.
NMC v S (2020)
Avoided removal from the register where registrant had been convicted of offences of fraud and was serving a suspended sentence of imprisonment.
H v DBS (2020)
An important case clarifying the need for DBS to undertake a separate risk assessment when considering the separate Vulnerable Adults' and Children's Barred Lists.
CQC v ADR (2019)
Successfully defended appeal against Notice of Decision to close a failing care home in the First Tier Tribunal.
B v DBS (2019)
DBS removed B from both barred lists following successful granting of permission to appeal before the Upper Tribunal.
NMC v HR and others (2019)
14 charges were found to have no case to answer and an allegation that the registrant had contributed to the death of a patient, or contributed to the loss of chance to prevent the death of a patient was found not proved. The panel concluded that there was no misconduct in the case.
NMC v AB and others (2019)
No case to answer on 15 charges and facts were found not proved on most remaining charges faced by a Deputy Home Manager following closure of the Home by the CQC. The panel found that there was no current impairment of fitness to practise.
NMC v J (2018)
No case to answer against a senior Community Mental Health nurse charged with contributing to the death of a patient.
NMC v AH (2018)
No case to answer against a Regional Operational Manager of a Care Home group wrongly accused of failing to investigate allegations of abuse against nursing home residents.
HCPC v N (2018)
No case to answer on charges of lack of competence against senior Occupational Therapist.
NMC v HR (2018)
No case to answer against a prison nurse accused of causing or contributing to a death in custody at HMP Doncaster