Laura Thomas

Partner (Barrister)

Laura is "assured and confident and provides clear and concise advice".

Legal 500 [UK 2017]


Laura joined Birketts in 2007 from leading criminal chambers 2 Bedford Row, London, where she prosecuted and defended heavyweight criminal cases. She achieved an MA in Jurisprudence from Christ Church, Oxford University.

Laura is a Partner (Barrister) and Head of  our Regulatory and Corporate Defence Team. She is listed as a Leading Individual by Legal 500 [UK 2019] in Crime, Fraud and Health and Safety. She is also a nationally ranked lawyer by Chambers and Partners in Health and Safety and Transport Regulatory.

Her expertise extends to all regulatory and criminal defence including niche areas such as Dawn Raids and Coroner’s Inquests. She has particular expertise in health and safety and previously worked at the HSE Solicitor's Office; advising on health and safety prosecutions of national importance. Laura regularly addresses Boards and conferences on regulatory issues and was legal advisor to the Government in the high-profile cycle safety review.

Laura's media appearances include being interviewed by Eddie Mair on BBC Radio 4 in July 2017, discussing corporate manslaughter in the light of the tragedy at Grenfell. In addition, she significantly contributed to the Butterworths' publication 'Health and Safety Law: Enforcement and Practice' by Matthews and Ageros.

Laura also sits as a Deputy Traffic Commissioner and was formerly a board member for the Freight Transport Association (FTA).

Laura is based at our Ipswich office.

Other Information

Laura is recommended and named as a 'Leading Individual' by Legal 500 [UK 2020]. In the previous edition, she is praised alongside colleague Matthew Gowen for their health and safety work as they "provide excellent counsel and practicality; they are superb in court, very knowledgeable and give great commitment and support with candid and considered advice". She is recognised for being "assured and confident and provides clear and concise advice".

Laura is also ranked by Chambers [UK 2019]. In previous editions, sources state: "What's really impressed me is her professionalism, clarity and level-headedness." 

Legal 500 UK 2020 Leading Individual          Legal 500 UK 2020 Recommended Lawyer