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Solicitor (Admitted 2010)

Laura Porteous

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Laura joined this firm in 2010 from another Legal 500 ranked London firm. Since then she has developed a reputation for being an incredibly hard-working, intelligent and unflappable lawyer who will do all she can to achieve the right result for her clients.

She is a qualified duty solicitor and is on the Central London Magistrates’, Youth and Extradition Court rotas and appears daily in the Magistrates’ Courts where she has garnered much praise from the bench for her skilful advocacy. Laura also manages an extremely busy case-load covering the full spectrum of criminal offences and extradition matters.  Her ability to quickly identify the issues in a case and get to grips with matters at short notice has resulted in her regularly accepting late instructions in cases where Legal Aid has been transferred from other firms.

Laura has a particular interest in Youth Court work and has dealt sympathetically and conscientiously with children and young adults charged with the most serious of matters.

Laura is a committee member of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association.

Client feedback:

"Your presentation was elegant, skilful, thorough and always concise.  I was so impressed with your professionalism and especially thankful of your consideration with my nerves in the situation. Thanks for guiding me through this difficult moment, and for getting me the outcome I so needed"

 "Thank you for seeing the honesty in me. You treated us with kindness and empathy. If all solicitors were like you it would be good"

"I found Laura always clear, sympathetic and a good explainer of the issues and law.  [Her] time efficient attention to detail…impressed me.  In all my nervousness, I felt confident in her good work".

Her recent notable cases include:

  • 2018  R v R  Inner London Crown Court (ongoing)
    The first prosecution to be brought under the Modern Slavery Act Case concerning the trafficking of women and children from Romania for prostitution in a cross-border collaborative investigation by the Serious Organised Crime Command Trafficking Unit of the Metropolitan Police and the General Directorate for Countering Organized Crime of the Poliția Română.  Whilst the substantive case has concluded, issues remain with regard to an application for a Slavery Protection Order, understood to also be the first of its kind.
  • 2018  R v J  Kingston Crown Court
    Successful defence of mentally ill defendant on a single charge of rape.
  • 2017  Cyclists Defence Fund v P  Central Criminal Court
    Successful defence of Britain’s first ever ‘crowd-funded’ private prosecution for causing a cyclist’s death by careless driving with the defendant acquitted by the jury in just 17 minutes.
  • 2016  R v H  Stevenage Magistrates’ Court
    Successful defence of a panellist on Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit On the Side following a fracas on live television. 
  • 2016  S, O, R & A v Hungary  Administrative Court
    Instructed in lead extradition case concerning the generic assurance provided by Hungary in relation to prison conditions.
  • 2015  R v P  Southwark Crown Court
    Successful defence in a high-profile art theft spanning three decades. This case was transferred from another firm one month before trial, following which Laura requested previously unrequested items of disclosure which directly led to the defendant’s acquittal.
  • 2015  R v P  Ipswich Crown Court
    Successful defence of a former head teacher accused of historic abuse centring on a residential school for boys with behavioural difficulties.  The case involved over 100 witnesses and a concurrent multi-million pound civil claim against the County Council.
  • 2015  R v A  Camberwell Green Youth Court
    Successful submission of ‘no case to answer’ resulting in a case of knife-point robbery being stopped against four defendants.  
  • 2015  R v C  Newport Crown Court
    Defendant acquitted of serious historic allegations of familial abuse.
  • 2014  R v N  Kingston Crown Court
    Successful defence of a father accused of serious historic allegations of fetishistic sexual abuse of his step-daughter.
  • 2014  R v C  Southwark Crown Court
    Defence of a Cabinet Office senior staff member found in possession of extreme child pornography.
  • 2014  R v H-A  Wood Green Crown Court
    Defendant acquitted of robbery and possession of firearms.
  • 2013  R v A Snaresbrook Crown Court
    Represented a 13 year old accused of a knife-point robbery.
  • 2013  R v T  Woolwich Crown Court
    Represented one of three defendants accused of robbery and possession of firearms in a case with suspected link to terrorist fundraising.
  • 2012  R v L  Norwich Crown Court
    Successful defence of one of five defendants accused of armed robbery of a jeweller’s shop.  All other defendants, including a son of Abu Hamza, jailed for up to 11 years each.

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