Called to the Bar:2019

  • Laura was called to the Bar by Middle Temple in November 2019 and joined chambers as a pupil in October 2020. Laura’s pupil supervisor is Fraser Coxhill.

    Experience

    Laura came to the Bar after a successful career as a solicitor at the Department of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in Sydney, Australia. Whilst at the DPP, she performed the role of junior counsel in numerous trials, including fraud, death by dangerous driving, rape and sexual assault. Prior to the DPP, Laura worked for a judge at the Supreme Court of New South Wales, assisting with murder and tax fraud trials and with appellate cases. She also worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) where she was part of the team responsible for prosecuting Goran Hadzic for war crimes and crimes against humanity. She also has experience in commercial litigation, having worked at the leading Australian/Chinese corporate law firm King & Wood Mallesons.

    Since moving to the UK, Laura worked at Hickman & Rose Solicitors where she assisted both the financial and general crime teams. Whilst at Hickman & Rose she successfully defended a father accused of murdering his young child at trial. She also assisted a client charged with misconduct involving dishonesty by the Financial Reporting Council; a client subject to disciplinary proceedings at his university for rape; and a client charged with child cruelty offences.

    Education

    • Bachelor of Civil Laws (Merit) – Wadham College, University of Oxford (2019-2020)
    • Bar Transfer Test – BPP University (2019)
    • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice – College of Law, Sydney, Australia (2015)
    • Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) / Bachelor of Arts – Australian National University (ANU), Canberra, Australia (2009-2014)

    Scholarships and awards

    • Senior Scholarship – Wadham College, University of Oxford (2019-2020)
    • Funding for internship at the ICTY – ANU College of Law (2014)
    • Awarded highest mark for thesis on joint criminal enterprise – ANU College of Law (2014)
    • Ann Downer Memorial Prize for first place in Public Law – ANU College of Law (2010)

    Professional memberships

    • The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple
    • Women in Criminal Law

    Published articles

    ‘The Tyranny of Small Differences: the culpability gulf between the subjective and objective tests for extended joint criminal enterprise in Australia’, Australian Law Journal, January 2016