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Laura Paisley 

Year of Call: 2015


  • 2015 BPTC, BPP University London 
  • 2014 LLB (Hons), The London School of Economics 


  • Inner Temple Poland Prize
  • Inner Temple Exhibition Award 

Areas of work

Laura is regularly instructed on behalf of the defence in cases of the upmost gravity, including serious sexual offences, serious violence, fraud, drugs, and White-Collar Crime. Laura has been led in the Crown Court in cases involving money laundering and the Proceeds of Crime Act. Laura also has also developed a strong practice in drafting grounds of appeal for prisoners serving lengthy determinate custodial sentences, IPP sentences, and last year was successful in written submissions before the Court of Appeal which led to an out of time appeal against a sentence for murder being allowed.

Laura practises in Regulatory law and is regularly instructed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council to present cases before panels of the Fitness to Practise Committee. Laura is adept at handling expert witnesses and dealing with issues of technical complexity. 

Laura has undertaken numerous secondments both onshore and offshore. She has recently worked on large-scale prosecutions for fraud, financial crime and international corruption, and has a keen interest in White-Collar crime. She has spent many months working alongside bodies such as the National Crime Agency, and law firms including both a leading UK law firm and a leading international law firm on high profile cases and investigations. She also has experience in large-scale LPP reviews.  

Laura also accepts instructions on behalf of the CPS, Government Legal Department, the Home Office and the NCA.


R v M Maidstone Crown Court – Currently instructed to defend at trial in a section 18 stabbing.

R v F Truro Crown Court – Currently instructed to defend at trial in a County Lines PWITS case.

R v L Woolwich Crown Court – Currently a led junior in a case involving offences contrary to the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act, PWITS and money laundering. 

R v S Lewes Crown Court – sentence of defendant currently serving an extended sentence for child sex offences, charged with four further historic child sex offences. Defendant received 3 years 4 months to run concurrently with his current sentence, meaning that his parole date will not be impacted.  

R v S Wood Green Crown Court – instructed as led junior in a 2-day confiscation hearing. Successfully persuaded the Court that hidden assets amounted to thousands, which was very far removed from the benefit figure of over £2 million.  

R v T Portsmouth Crown Court – three count indictment containing assault and firearms offences. The offences were alleged to have taken place in sheltered housing between ex-service personnel. Defendant acquitted of both firearms offences. 

R v P Woolwich Crown Court – defendant acquitted of assault after trial. The allegation was that a young male had thrown a pack of wooden coat-hangers at a member of the security staff causing a laceration to the face.

R v B Isleworth Crown Court – suspended sentence for defendant facing perverting the course of justice. The defendant had twice given a friend’s name when pulled over by the police for driving-related matters.

R v J Bristol Crown Court – defendant faced breach of a restraining order. The defendant was acquitted despite live evidence from two eye-witnesses. 

R v X Swindon Crown Court – youth sentenced to a YRO with ISS for robbery.

R v Y Swindon Crown Court – suspended sentence for a defendant facing perverting the course of justice. The defendant hid evidence from the police on behalf of her son who was being investigated for multiple and serious sexual offences.

R v X Taunton Crown Court – suspended sentence for a defendant facing dangerous driving. The defendant admitted to drinking a litre of spirits before driving, and causing two collisions.

R v T Swindon Crown Court – suspended sentence for a defendant facing assault. This case was aggravated by the fact that the defendant headbutted the victim causing a broken nose. 

R v Y Salisbury Crown Court – suspended sentence for a defendant facing PWITS. The defendant was an elderly lady who supplied cannabis to locals suffering from terminal illnesses. 

Magistrates’ Court 

R v I Colchester Magistrates’ Court – three-day assault trial involving three child witnesses. The defendant was a teaching assistant accused of assaulting students with learning difficulties. 

R v R Colchester Magistrates’ Court – acquittal for driving without insurance.

R v K Chippenham Magistrates’ Court – two-day domestic violence trial involving a child witness. The two victims in this case were the husband and daughter of the defendant. 


NMC – G&Y – on-going Fitness to Practise Hearing involving evidence of 4 expert witnesses. 

NMC v C – 3-week Fitness to Practise Hearing involving numerous legal arguments including abuse of process. 

NMC v S – 10-day Fitness to Practise Hearing dealing with both misconduct and lack of competency. 

NMC v P – 12-day Fitness to Practise Hearing with a self-representing Registrant. This case involved numerous and complex legal arguments. 

NMC v O – 5-day Fitness to Practise Hearing. All except one charge found proven.

NMC v S – 3-day Fitness to Practise Hearing. Resulted in a Suspension Order. 

Professional Memberships

The Criminal Bar Association 

The Young Fraud Lawyers Association 


Joint President of the Inner Temple Junior Bar Association 

Miss Laura Paisley is regulated by the Bar Standards Board, holds a current practising certificate and her details can be found on the BSB’s Barrister Register https://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/regulatory-requirements/the-barristers'-register/

Miss Laura Paisley holds insurance cover for all legal services supplied through professional indemnity insurance with the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund (BMIF) The coverage is worldwide subject to their terms which are available on their website https://www.barmutual.co.uk/

Miss Laura Paisley is registered with the Information Commissioners office under the Data Protection Act https://ico.org.uk/

If you are not satisfied with the service that Miss Laura Piasley provides you can make a complaint to Chambers. Information on Chambers Complaints Procedure is available on Chambers website www.9kbw.com/about-us/complaints-procedure

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from Chambers you may complain to the Legal Ombudsman (This must be done within the time limits set out) The contact details can be found on the Legal Ombudsman’s website  http://www.legalombudsman.org.uk/    


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