Laura is an associate in our Environmental, Safety & Health Practice based in our Manchester office. Her expertise covers ESH prosecutions, product safety, bribery and corruption, security and modern slavery.

She regularly advises organisations on the adequacy of their policies, procedures and organisational arrangements in relation to ESH matters and the extent of the duties owed by organisations with regards to risk, in both civil and criminal law. Laura has experience of dealing with various UK regulators, including the Health and Safety Executive, Trading Standards, Immigration and counter terrorism authorities (SO15), Environment Agency and the police. Laura is experienced in crisis management and has attended in the immediate aftermath of various workplace incidents.

Laura has a master’s degree in international law and gained several distinctions in international dispute resolution, environmental law and law of the sea. She has worked in both the US and Australia and has a broad knowledge of the wider international legal framework. Laura has worked on various international matters, including the rights of diplomats, war crimes and international product recalls and, as such, has developed a global network of contacts.

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  • Defending against prosecutions brought by regulators such as the Health and Safety Executive, the police, the Environment Agency, Trading Standards, the Office of Fair Trading, local authorities and the fire service.
  • Advising on joint police/HSE corporate manslaughter investigations, workplace fatalities and individual liability allegations under ss. 7 and 37 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
  • Advising on the extent of duties owed by an international sporting body in relation to terrorism, and the adequacy of policies and procedures in place.
  • Successfully acquitted an individual by a jury at Manchester Crown Court who faced charges arising from the death of his employee during demolition works.
  • Attending various sites in the aftermath of workplace accidents, suicides in the workplace, and advising on raids by UK regulators, including HMRC and the SFO.
  • Advising and appearing at Coroner’s Inquests on behalf of various organisations including national public conservation organisation, manufacturers, security companies, and entertainment providers.
  • The successful defence of a HGV driver charged and prosecuted for an offence of causing death by dangerous driving and advising the logistics company regarding their driving at work policy.
  • Advising on national “outbreak fatality” cases relating to legionella, listeria and e-coli.
  • Advising international sports retailer regarding waste packaging obligations.
  • Reviewing bribery and modern slavery polices, and advising companies as to the adequacy of their arrangements and risk assessments, including a national football club, food retailer and IGO.
  • Preparing due diligence reports on corporate transactions in respect of EHS matters.

Education

  • University of Sheffield, LL.B., (Hons) Law 2:1
  • University of Sheffield, LL.M., International Legal Studies

Admissions

  • England and Wales, 2010
  • Recommended as a Next Generation Lawyer in The Legal 500 UK 2017 Health and safety

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