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Laura West

Senior associate (Barrister)


Areas of expertise: Real estate litigation


Laura is a barrister and senior associate in the real estate litigation team. The main focus of her practice is commercial real estate litigation, including providing strategic and dispute avoidance advice, but she also has considerable experience in residential property, social housing, and real property/land disputes. On a day-to-day basis, Laura deals with disputes in relation to service charges, 1954 Act and contracted-out lease renewals, dilapidations, restrictive covenants, trespass, forfeiture, easements, adverse possession and tenant insolvency. She also supports colleagues in the real estate investors team by providing counsel’s advice on complex issues arising from acquisitions and developments.

After reading law at Oxford, Laura qualified as a barrister and was called to the Bar in 2006. She practised in chambers for eight years before moving into private practice in 2015, and joining Penningtons Manches Cooper in 2017. As a barrister, Laura retains her rights of audience in the higher courts, and is also authorised to conduct litigation by the Bar Standards Board. She has extensive advocacy experience as a result of her self-employed practice, and also successfully completed the South Eastern Circuit’s Advanced International Advocacy Course in 2012. She therefore adds greater depth to the team’s offering with regard to emergency injunctions.

Laura is a member of the Property Litigation Association and Women in Property. She writes in various publications and has authored material used in Halsbury’s Laws and Westlaw Insight.

Recent work highlights

  • Settling a commercial service charge dispute relating to lift replacement works for an investor client.
  • Successfully conducting landlord’s forfeiture proceedings for a provider of social housing with a commercial portfolio.
  • Assisting with ongoing litigation worth more than £5 million in claims over misrepresentation and breach of warranty arising from defects in exterior cladding on a high-rise building.

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