Finance – Laura has considerable experience of all areas of matrimonial finance, cohabitation disputes, applications under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989 and related enforcement proceedings. She is regularly instructed (both alone and as a junior to leading counsel) in cases involving business assets, complex trust structures, intervening parties and allegations of non-disclosure.
Having studied modern languages at Oxford before coming to the Bar, Laura is particularly interested in cases with an international dimension such as applications made under Part III of the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings’ Act 1984 and those in which jurisdiction is contested. Laura is a co-author, with Richard Castle, of the Practical Law notes on financial relief after an overseas divorce.
Laura regularly lectures on current developments in divorce, civil partnership and ancillary relief law.
Private Law Children – Laura’s practice encompasses all aspects of private law proceedings relating to children. Particular areas of expertise include:
- Allegations of parental alienation and intractable hostility to contact;
- Allegations of physical, emotional and sexual abuse and neglect;
- Relocation applications;
- Separate representation of children;
- Issues of mental capacity and the Court of Protection;
- Adoption, special guardianship, surrogacy and applications for parental orders.
Cases of interest
- Tchenguiz-Imerman v Imerman  2 F.L.R. 939
Laura was instructed (as junior counsel to Christopher Pocock Q.C.) to act on behalf of the beneficiaries of an offshore discretionary trust. The Court was required to determine the potential relevance of information and documents held by the beneficiaries and whether their disclosure should ordered in financial remedy proceedings.
- Tchenguiz-Imerman v Imerman (Application for Joinder)  1 F.L.R. 865
This was a review of the principles governing an application to join trust beneficiaries in circumstances where the trustees had declined to submit to the jurisdiction.
- A and another and P and others  3 W.L.R. 369
Laura acted for the applicant in a case in which guidance was given regarding the legal status of foreign surrogacy arrangements. She persuaded the Court that it was possible to construe the word ‘applicants’ at s.54 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 so as not to require two living applicants at the time of the making of the order in circumstances where one applicant had sadly died between the date of the application and the date of the hearing.
Appointments & Memberships
- Member of the Gray’s Inn Moots Committee;
- Gray’s Inn Student Mentor (assisting students on the Bar Professional Training Course);
- Member of the Family Law Bar Association.
- Tonbridge Grammar School;
- Wadham College, University of Oxford: BA(Hons) Modern History and Modern and Medieval Languages (French);
- The College of Law (London): Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction); Bar Vocational Course.
Scholarships and Prizes
- Wadham College Oxford Junior Academic Scholarship;
- Ann Ebsworth Scholarship (Gray’s Inn Junior Scholar, Graduate Diploma in Law);
- Lord Justice Holker Scholarship (Gray’s Inn Junior Scholar, Bar Vocational Course);
- The James Mould Scholarship (Gray’s Inn Senior Scholar);
- The Du Cann prize for advocacy (Gray’s Inn)
- Fluent in French;
- Conversational level Spanish.