Laura has purposely maintained a versatile practice dealing with both complex financial and children cases. She is recognised for both her skill as an advocate and her ability to assist her clients to resolve difficult and emotionally-charged disputes by agreement. Laura was appointed as a family Recorder (part-time judge) in 2018 and is available to conduct private FDRs.

Laura’s practice encompasses 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, 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 including 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.

Reported cases

  • Tchenguiz-Imerman v Imerman [2014] 2 F.L.R. 939
  • Tchenguiz-Imerman v Imerman (Application for Joinder) [2014] 1 F.L.R. 865

Laura’s wide and varied practice encompasses all aspects of private law proceedings relating to children including intractable contact and residence disputes, allegations of abuse and parental alienation, applications for leave to remove and internal relocation, fact-finding hearings and cases involving same-sex parenting (including surrogacy and cases with an international element).

Reported cases

  • A and another and P and others [2012] 2 FLR 145

Laura sits as a part-time judge (Recorder) in the Family Court and welcomes instructions to conduct private FDRs.

Laura is qualified to accept instructions on a Direct Access basis where appropriate.

Awards and Scholarships

Wadham College Oxford Junior Academic Scholarship
Ann Ebsworth Scholarship (Gray’s Inn)
Lord Justice Holker Scholarship (Gray’s Inn)
The James Mould Scholarship (Gray’s Inn)
The Du Cann prize for advocacy (Gray’s Inn)

Education

  • The College of Law (London): Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction); Bar Vocational Course
  • Wadham College, University of Oxford: BA(Hons) Modern History and Modern and Medieval Languages (French)
  • Tonbridge Grammar School

Professional Memberships

Family Law Bar Association

Languages

French (fluent)
Spanish (conversational)

 

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