Laura Nelson

Year of call:

2016

Education:

2016 - University of Northumbria

First Class LLB (Hons) Exempting

BPTC - ‘Outstanding’

Career:

2017 - Pupil at Park Square Barristers, Leeds

2018 - Tenant at Park Square Barristers

Memberships:

North Eastern Circuit Criminal Bar Association Personal Injuries Bar Association

Awards:

2018 - Criminal Bar Association Advocacy prize

2016 - Wolfson Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn Buchanan Prize, Lincoln’s Inn Woon Global Human Rights and Access to Justice Prize

2015 - Cheong Kam Hee Memorial Prize

Laura has considerable experience of personal injury claims, regularly acting on behalf of both claimants and defendants, including on conditional fee arrangements where appropriate.  

Laura routinely deals with personal injury claims arising from UK-based road traffic accidents, accidents involving employers’ liability, public liability and occupiers’ liability. In addition, Laura deals with gastric illness claims arising from holidays abroad in addition to slips/trips worldwide. Her involvement in such claims is not limited to trial only but includes a range of pre-trial applications and hearings.  

Laura also has extensive experience of credit hire claims and is familiar with all of the usual arguments and all recent developments in case law.  

Laura is available for instruction on a wide range of hearings, including but not limited to:  

  • Small claims track hearings  
  • Fast track trials  
  • Disposal hearings  
  • Case management conferences and directions hearings  
  • Costs case management conferences  
  • Interlocutory applications  
  • Stage 3 hearings  
  • Approval/investment hearings 

Laura also accepts instructions to draft pleadings and can advise on quantum, on an urgent basis where necessary.  

Laura also provides training to firms upon request. Please get in touch should you wish to book Laura for a training session on any relevant subject matter.  

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

Laura has experience of civil insurance fraud cases and is fully conversant with the law in relation to fundamental dishonesty and section 57 Criminal Justice & Courts Act 2015. She has acted in a range of matters in relation to suspicious or fraudulent claims arising from road traffic accidents.  

Laura’s experience includes cases involving staged accidents, low-speed impact, exaggerated personal injury and exaggerated credit hire. Laura has also acted in High Court proceedings for contempt of court, resulting from a fraudulent claim. 

Having undertaken a predominantly criminal pupillage, Laura is particularly well-equipped to deal with issues of fraud in cross-examination and in submissions. Laura is content to robustly defend such cases.  

Laura also accepts instructions to draft and/or amend pleadings and can advise on the merits of individual cases. 

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

Laura accepts instructions in a variety of regulatory and public law matters. Laura has both prosecuted and defended in a range of cases involving prosecutions brought by private agencies including local councils, the RSPCA and the DVLA. Laura has assisted in training local councils on how to bring successful prosecutions.  

Laura has also undertaken secondment work with the NHS, providing advice on a wide range of matters including conflict of interest, responsible commissioner queries and procurement queries.  

Prior to establishing her practice, Laura worked with Lawyers Without Borders in their Washington, D.C. office, supporting projects primarily focused on building capacity in respect of access to justice and the rule of law worldwide. Laura worked in collaboration with Nepalese legislators for several months, aiming to eliminate child labour within Nepal.  

Contact Laura’s clerks

Madeleine Gray on 0113 202 8603

Patrick Urbina on 0113 213 5250

Laura’s work involves a variety of contractual and commercial disputes. She represents clients from pre-action stages through to trial and ably advises on all aspects of potential breaches and/or causes of action. 

Laura is also familiar with liability orders and has frequently been instructed to oppose the making of the same. 

Laura is also routinely instructed in chancery matters. Laura’s recent work has included representing clients in respect of insolvency proceedings, winding up petitions and bankruptcy orders. 

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