The focus of Laura’s work is high value, complex, multi-party disputes. Laura has experience of representing companies, asset managers, funds, liquidators, directors and high net worth individuals across a wide range of industry sectors. Her cases have included claims arising in or relating to breaches of contract, securities claims, debt actions, insolvency-related issues, fraud claims and cross border enforcement as well as breach of confidence disputes.
She has significant experience of structuring and progressing group litigation, in particular in a securities context, and litigation funding.
Identified as a Key Lawyer for both Banking Litigation and Fraud, Laura has been recognised in the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners as being “deeply impressive. […] highly intelligent, very motivated at getting the right result for the client and […] all over the detail” and “as bright as they come, efficient and energetic”.
She speaks at conferences and contributes to panel discussions.
Laura contributed to the Securities Litigation section of the fourth edition of ‘Getting the Deal Through’, co-authoring the ‘England and Wales’ chapter.
Matters on which Laura has recently acted include:
- Acting for the BVI and Cayman liquidators of Stanford International Bank Ltd (in liquidation) in an ongoing £120m negligence claim against HSBC Bank plc arising out of a multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme. This dispute was been listed by The Lawyer as one of the top 20 cases of 2021.
- Acting for defendants to the c £1.2bn fraud claim brought by the Danish tax authority (SKAT) arising from SKAT’s historic payment of withholding tax refunds. This dispute also listed by The Lawyer as one of the top 20 cases of 2021.
- Acting in a multi-million pound dispute relating to the acquisition of investments in ground rents.
- The group litigation brought by a number of institutional shareholders against the Royal Bank of Scotland that was successfully settled in late 2016.
- Acting for the liquidators of two BVI SPVs in their claim against Deutsche Bank and others, which involved cross border insolvency applications and High Court proceedings.
- Successfully settling a contract dispute arising between a multi-national manufacturing company and a producer of machines necessary for its manufacturing processes.
After joining Stewarts from the Office of Fair Trading in 2008, Laura completed her training contract with the firm and qualified in 2010. She was promoted to Partner at Stewarts in 2018.
Laura has written her career story and experience of Stewarts for our careers section, you can view her story here.
Accreditations and Memberships
Laura is a member of the LSLA.
Laura is heavily engaged in the social mobility aspects of the firm’s diversity and inclusion commitment, including organising and participating in the Future Frontiers coaching programme.
Laura is also a member of The Circle, a charity that supports equality for women and girls in a fairer world.
Laura enjoys good food, travel and adventure challenges, or a combination of all three. She takes a keen interest in sports management and was formerly a director of Richmond Rugby Club (where she played the majority of her rugby before her retirement in 2014). In recent years, Laura has spent a significant amount of her spare time in baby sensory classes and at soft play.