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Laura Paisley 

Year of Call: 2015


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

Areas of work

Regulatory Work

Laura joined Chambers in 2018, having previously completed pupillage in March 2017 in a large criminal defence firm. 

Laura has significant experience in all areas of criminal law. She has frequently represented defendants at trial in the Crown, Youth and Magistrates’ Court. Known for her approachability and patience, Laura has rapidly developed a practice that has given her considerable experience and expertise in dealing with vulnerable clients, aiming to make their experience of the criminal justice system less daunting. 

Laura is a CPS Grade 1 prosecutor and accepts instructions on behalf of both the defence and the Crown. Her significant experience of defending has allowed her to develop a strong awareness of how to assist vulnerable witnesses facing the daunting procedures followed in court. 

Laura has also devoted considerable time to developing her skills and expertise in the area of  White Collar Crime, working for the defence on large scale prosecutions for fraud and financial crime. 

In addition to her criminal practice Laura has built up significant experience in regulatory law, and is frequently instructed on behalf of the Nursing and Midwifery Council.



Crown Court

R v C (2018) Inner London Crown Court – represented the defendant in a three-day Sexual Assault trial. 

R v A (2018) Woolwich Crown Court – secured a suspended sentence for a defendant facing sentence for both Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm and Possession of a Bladed Article.

R v B (2018) Isleworth Crown Court – the defendant was sentenced to a suspended sentence of imprisonment for Perverting the Course of Justice. The conduct was repeated on two occasions.  

R v S & S (2018) Nottingham Crown Court – first defendant sentenced to a conditional discharge for an offence contrary to s 4(a) of the Public Order Act, and second defendant sentenced to minimum unpaid work requirement for a Racially Aggravated s 4(a) offence. 

R v L (2017) Bristol Crown Court – despite live evidence from two eye-witnesses, the defendant was acquitted of Breach of a Restraining Order after trial. 

R v T (2017) Bristol Crown Court – represented the defendant at a Newton Hearing in relation to an offence of Domestic Burglary. 

R v X (2017) Swindon Crown Court – persuaded the Judge to pass a sentence of a Youth Rehabilitation Order with Intensive Supervision and Surveillance for a teenager with a list of previous convictions for an offence of Robbery. 

R v Y (2017) Swindon Crown Court – secured a suspended sentence for an offence of Perverting the Course of Justice during a police investigation into serious sexual offences. 

R v L 2017 Bristol Magistrates’ Court – secured an acquittal for a defendant facing a charge of Handling Stolen Goods. 

R v X (2016) Taunton Crown Court – secured a suspended sentence for Dangerous Driving, despite the defendant’s admissions to being substantially over the drink-drive limit and causing two collisions. 

R v T (2016) Swindon Crown Court – the defendant received a suspended sentence for Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm, despite the aggravating feature of a headbutt used to cause a broken nose. www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/14942627.Mum_head-butted_woman_so_hard_it_broke_her_nose__court_hears/

R v Y (2016) Salisbury Crown Court – the defendant was sentenced to a suspended term of imprisonment for Possession with Intent to Supply Class B Drugs, despite a starting point of immediate custody. 


Magistrates’ Court 

R v G (2018) Bexley Magistrates’ Court – secured an acquittal for Driving Without Insurance by relying upon the statutory defence under Section 143 of the Road Traffic Act 1988. 

R v S (2018) Guildford Magistrates’ Court – successfully argued that the defendant would face ‘exceptional hardship’ if a driving disqualification was imposed for an offence of Speeding. No driving ban was imposed.

R v Z (2017) Bristol Magistrates’ Court – after a Newton Hearing, the District Judge found that there was no kick during the course of a Common Assault. 

R v L 2017 Bristol Magistrates’ Court – secured an acquittal for a defendant facing a charge of Handling Stolen Goods. 

R v K (2017) Chippenham Magistrates’ Court – two-day trial involving allegations of domestic violence, ABE evidence from the young teenage complainant and cross-examination over the live-link. 

R v M (2017) Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court – secured an acquittal for a defendant facing one charge contrary to s 4 of the Public Order Act 1986. Significant submissions were made on the strength of the CCTV evidence.  

R v D (2017) Bexley Magistrates’ Court – after live evidence, the Magistrates’ found that there were ‘special reasons’ not to disqualify or endorse the licence of a defendant who faced sentence for Driving with Excess Alcohol. 

Cases in the media 





NMC v P – 12-day Fitness to Practise Hearing with a self-representing Registrant. This case involved numerous and complex legal arguments. Majority of charges found proven resulting in a Suspension Order for 12 months.

NMC v O – 5-day Fitness to Practise Hearing. All except one charge found proven resulting in a Suspension Order for 6 months.

Whilst completing her in-house pupillage, Laura gained significant insight into case preparation, administration, and a greater understanding of how a case progresses through the different stages of the criminal justice process. She has a strong appreciation of the vital role played by solicitors in the preparation of presentation of criminal cases and seeks to provide any assistance she can to those who instruct her. 

Laura has completed two secondments since completion of her 12-month pupillage, gaining experience of a variety of complex financial cases and a stronger knowledge of the cross-jurisdictional elements of large-scale prosecutions. 

Whilst completing her professional training, Laura was student director of BPP Streetlaw Prisons. She delivered presentations to those incarcerated in the Greater London area on topics such as knife-crime, aiming to educate and promote discussion amongst those who have experienced the criminal justice system. She also trained student volunteers to deliver their own presentations. 


Inner Temple Poland Prize

Inner Temple Exhibition Award 


Professional Memberships

The Criminal Bar Association 

The Young Fraud Lawyers 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/    


Operation Rockport : R –v- Draga & Ors, Wood Green Crown Court
John Clifford secures convictions of three Defendants operating within an Albanian Organised Criminal Network involved in people smuggling, fraudulent documentation

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Charles Drinnan succeeds for the Isle of Wight Council, the Respondent in an Appeal against an enforcement notice under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
The Appellant appealed against an enforcement notice served by the Council over numerous dangerous fire safety issues in four properties on the Island – an important issue in the aftermath of the Grenfell fire

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Laura Paisley joins 9KBW
9 KBW is delighted to welcome Laura Paisley as our latest tenant, following the successful completion of her pupillage. Laura specialises in criminal and regulatory law and her full profile will be uploaded shortly.

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R –v- Fritz Brown – Kingston Crown Court – August 2018
John Clifford secures conviction after trial in Operation Trident investigation into importation of firearms from Slovenia. Package intercepted containing a number of pistols and fully automatic machine gun at courier depot

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R –v- Marcus Walters – Kingston Crown Court – August 2018
John Clifford secures conviction after trial in Rape and ABH case where victim met Defendant through mutual friend on evening in question at her address. All three were drinking before Defendant followed victim upstairs and made unwanted

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