Laura Jeffrey

Barrister

Year of Call

2021

Profile

Laura accepts instructions across the range of Chambers’ practice areas, including general crime, public law, and professional discipline/ regulatory law. She regularly acts for both the prosecution and the defence.

Expertise

Laura prosecutes and defends in the Crown Court and accepts instructions across a full range of criminal work.

Laura has prosecuted on behalf of the CPS and the NCA. Recent junior counsel instructions include prosecuting an individual charged with the preparation of terrorist acts (Section 5 TA 2006), and prosecuting a five-handed class A drugs importation. Laura also has experience prosecuting burglary, robbery and serious violent offences, including kidnap.

Recent defence instructions, include representing individuals charged with a range of violent offences, theft, burglary, and offences committed whilst in custody.

In relation to her prosecution cases, Laura has experience of dealing with highly sensitive and PII issues.

Laura has experience of a range of public law matters and is particularly interested in cases at the intersect of criminal and public law. She has worked on advice for government departments, namely the Attorney General’s Office and the Department for Work and Pensions.

Laura has experience of public inquiries, both assisting core participants and working for the inquiry itself. She is currently instructed for the Post Office Inquiry, having joined the inquiry team in the summer of 2023. Laura was previously instructed for a core participant in the Infected Blood Inquiry

Laura has experience defending those facing regulatory proceedings in front of the Bar Standards Board (“BSB”). She is confident in advising on likely sanctions and drafting representations to the BSB. She has appeared as junior counsel before a five-person tribunal.

Before joining Chambers, Laura worked as an asylum law paralegal at both Fladgate LLP and Harbottle & Lewis. In these roles, she worked on the preparation of asylum claims for high-profile, political asylum seekers. Laura gained experience of asylum claims often involving a complex financial background and contentious, international litigation.

Laura also has over a year’s experience at the Serious Fraud Office as a document reviewer. She has worked on two of their investigations, each involving cross-border bribery and corruption allegations.

In addition, Laura was a volunteer caseworker at the National Central for Domestic Violence for two years, helping clients to secure either non-molestation or occupation orders. In this role Laura dealt with vulnerable and often traumatised individuals, assisting them to give their best evidence.

  • Law (with senior status), The University of Oxford, (first class) (2018)
  • English Literature MA, The University of Edinburgh, (first class) (2016)
  • BPTC, City Law School, (outstanding) (2020)
  • The Tobias Law Award, Oxford (2018)
  • Major Exhibition Scholarship, Inner Temple (2018)

Recognition

Specialist Areas

Related news

13 October

New Members of Chambers

Chambers are delighted to welcome Laura Jeffrey and Abhijit Desai as Members of Chambers following the successful completion of their pupillages.