Laura Hilton

Year of call:

2021 - (Pupil - Solicitor 2017)

Education:

2007 - LLB Law with Criminology, Keele University

2008 - Legal Practice Course, The College of Law

Career:

2011-2012 - Paralegal - Cogent Law LLP, Leeds

2012-2014 - Paralegal - Minster Law Ltd, York

2014-2017 - Paralegal, Complex & Catastrophic Injury - DAC Beachcroft LLP, Leeds

2017-2018 - Solicitor, Catastrophic Injury - DWF LLP, Leeds

2018-2020 - Solicitor, Complex and Catastrophic Injury - DAC Beachcroft LLP, Leeds

2020 - Present - Visiting Lecturer/Tutor - The University of Law

2021 - Pupil at Park Square Barristers

Memberships:

2017 - The Law Society

2021 - The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple

Laura is a transferring Solicitor who was called to the Bar in 2021 and is now undertaking a short pupillage with Park Square Barristers, under the supervision of Stuart Young.

Prior to qualification, Laura was employed as a paralegal in a number of regional Claimant Personal Injury firms. Laura held a management role training junior fee earners, in addition to handling a range of employers’ liability, public liability, and RTA claims. Laura also dealt with cases involving allegations of low velocity impact, staged accidents, and occupancy issues.

Since qualifying as a Chartered Legal Executive in 2016, and subsequently a Solicitor in 2017, Laura has practised exclusively in Defendant Personal Injury litigation.

The majority of Laura’s time in practice was spent in the Complex and Catastrophic Injury team at DAC Beachcroft’s Leeds office where Laura acted on behalf of major insurer clients such as Zurich and QBE, in addition to local NHS Trusts and NHS Resolution, in both fast and multi-track injury claims.

Laura has extensive practical experience of drafting pleadings, applications and advice, preparing for trials and appeal, attending conferences with experts and witnesses, and undertaking interim advocacy.

Laura has assisted on traumatic brain and spinal injury cases, pleaded in excess of £1million, often involving Claimants requiring extensive rehabilitation and/or the involvement of the Court of Protection. Laura has experience of claims involving fatal accidents and amputations, and where complex issues such as subtle brain injury, chronic pain, fibromyalgia and psychological injury are pleaded. Laura has a particular interest in claims involving allegations of fundamental dishonesty.

Laura joined The University of Law in early 2020 as a Visiting Lecturer at the Leeds campus, teaching the Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence elective of the LPC. She is now a Tutor at the ULaw Online campus, supervising the Personal Injury module of the online LPC, the Dispute Resolution and Tort modules of the new SQE course, and the Civil Dispute Resolution module of the online undergraduate LLB and apprenticeship courses. Laura also assesses the practical skills of advocacy and interviewing as part of the LPC.

Laura will be accepting instructions at Park Square Barristers from 29 November 2021.

Contact Laura’s clerks

Senior Clerk – Andy Reeves on 0113 213 5252

Talia Webster on 0113 202 8609

Joshua Duree on 0113 213 5246

Mike Alexander on  0113 2135254

Rajan Abdullah on 0113 213 5207