Laura is a Senior Associate in our Property Litigation department and leads the firm’s equitable disputes and TOLATA practice.
Laura has a wealth of experience advising private individuals on equitable disputes, such as in the specialist field of cohabitee / co-ownership disputes, where the issues involved are often of a sensitive nature. She is frequently called upon to advise on applications under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (‘TOLATA’), regularly acting for separating couples. Her niche TOLATA experience is recognised by Chambers and Partners [UK 2021], in which the wider Property Litigation department is ranked in ‘Band 1’ as a leading regional team. Laura’s specialist experience also extends to resolving high-value disputes brought under the doctrine of ‘proprietary estoppel’, often concerning broken promises regarding the family business or farm.
Laura is a recognised leader in her field with a proven track record of resolving complex equitable and property trust disputes. She is an effective negotiator with considerable experience in round-table discussions and mediation. Laura is recommended and named as a 'Rising Star' by Legal 500 [UK 2021]. In an earlier edition sources note that she "can explain incredibly technical information in a simple, easy way".
Laura’s expertise also includes a broad array of real property, chancery, and landlord and tenant work.
Laura is a member of both the Property Litigation Association and Resolution (a national network of family lawyers committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes).
Laura joined Birketts upon qualification in September 2013 and is based in our Ipswich office.