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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 is regularly instructed in the Crown Court in cases involving sexual offences, drugs, violence, firearms, and White-Collar crime. Whilst having a busy defence practice, Laura also undertakes work from agencies such as the CPS, NCA, Home Office, BEIS and more.

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 further accepts instructions from the Government Legal Department. 

Previously, Laura has undertaken three secondments both in London and off-shore. She has been instructed on behalf of both the defence and prosecution in large scale prosecutions for fraud, financial crime and international corruption, and has a keen interest in White-Collar crime. 


R v T (2019) 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 (2019) 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 C (2018) Inner London Crown Court – the defendant faced one count of sexually assaulting a female on a night out.

R v X (2018) Croydon Crown Court – domestic burglary trial in which the defendant was alleged to have entered the property of another and stolen gold to the value of thousands of pounds.

R v A (2018) Woolwich Crown Court – suspended sentence for defendant facing assault and possession of a bladed article. The offences took place between the defendant and a neighbour and the knife was used to threaten. 

R v B (2018) 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 S & S (2018) Nottingham Crown Court – conditional discharge and community order for two defendants facing racially aggravated offences. The conduct involved shouting racial language over the fence with a neighbouring property.

R v J (2017) Bristol Crown Court – defendant faced breach of a restraining order. The defendant was acquitted despite live evidence from two eye-witnesses. 

R v T (2017) Bristol Crown Court – domestic burglary Newton hearing. The issue was whether the defendant had stolen just the keys to a vehicle or whether he had entered the property and stolen electrical items. 

R v X (2017) Swindon Crown Court – youth sentenced to a YRO with ISS for robbery.

R v Y (2017) 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 (2016) 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 (2016) 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 (2016) 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 (2019) Colchester – three-day assault trial involving three child witnesses. The defendant was a teaching assistant accused of assaulting students with learning difficulties. 

R v R (2019) Colchester – acquittal for driving without insurance.

R v G (2018) Bexley Magistrates’ Court – acquittal for driving without insurance. 

R v S (2017) Bristol Magistrates’ Court – acquittal for handling stolen goods. 

R v K (2017) 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. 

Laura also frequently represents clients in driving cases involving exceptional hardship and special reasons. 


Cases of interest  






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

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

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

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



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/    


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