Laura joined Birketts in 2007 from chambers in London. She is a Partner (Barrister) and head of Corporate Criminal Defence. Her areas of expertise include health and safety, transport and logistics, environmental regulation, Trading Standards prosecutions, food law, road traffic defence, private criminal defence and contentious licensing. She represents clients in the Magistrates' and Crown Courts and the Court of Appeal as well as the Coroner's Court and at Public Inquiries before the Traffic Commissioner.
Laura was called to the Bar in 2001 having graduated from Christ Church, Oxford University. Her career began in the Chambers of William Clegg Q.C., 2 Bedford Row, London where she remained for over five years. While in chambers she prosecuted and defended heavyweight criminal cases in the Magistrates', Crown Courts and the Court of Appeal and specialised in regulatory law, regularly prosecuting and defending in health and safety cases.
Laura has particular expertise in health and safety and previously worked at the Health and Safety Executive Solicitor's Office; advising on health and safety prosecutions of national importance. She has further conducted legal training for HSE Inspectors as well as regularly speaking at health and safety seminars. In addition, she significantly contributed to the Butterworths' publication 'Health and Safety Law: Enforcement and Practice' by Matthews and Ageros.
Laura is based at our Ipswich office.