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Areas of expertise: Family law, Private wealth


Laura is an experienced senior associate in the family law team in the Guildford office. She advises on all aspects of relationship breakdown including divorce, financial settlements, children matters, cohabitee separations, TOLATA litigations and pre-nuptial agreements.

With a thriving practice which includes a significant amount of work from referrals, Laura provides clear and robust professional guidance in a sensitive and empathetic manner. She is skilled in helping clients during complex situations, focusing on practical solutions while ensuring the best outcome for their needs. 

Laura joined Penningtons Manches Cooper in August 2016, having originally been trained by the head of the Guildford family law team, Veronica Gilmour, at a previous firm. She qualified in 2010. Laura is a member of Resolution, an organisation which promotes a constructive and pragmatic approach to all family law matters.

Recent work highlights

  • Acting in an unusual and complex case of misrepresentation in the context of a National Lottery win and a disputed pre-nuptial agreement.
  • Representing a husband involved with multiple concurrent cross-applications under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973, Family Law Act 1996 and the Children Act 1989 in a highly acrimonious case, negotiating compromises for all matters.
  • Drafting and negotiating high value pre-nuptial agreements, simultaneously ensuring robust protection alongside fair financial provision.
  • Representing a father and securing his sole care of his daughter and step-daughter in a protracted but sensitive case with issues of long term alcohol misuse.
  • Working on high value cases with complicated international company and property assets.

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