laura searle profile - Laura Searle

Laura Searle

Civil and Family Barrister
  • Year of Call
  • 2011

Civil Law

Contract Disputes and Debt Recovery


Laura represents clients across a range of sectors, including IT, accountancy, farming and construction, both claiming unpaid debts and defending actions on the basis that the goods and services required are not of satisfactory quality or that there has been a breach of consumer protection legislation. She also has extensive experience representing utility companies, digital communications companies and debt recovery agencies against litigants in person.

Housing and Property Disputes


Laura acts for and advises tenants and landlords in a variety of housing matters and has experience acting in Part 8 claims under s213 and s214 Housing Act 2004. She has acted in mortgage possession proceedings and for licensors and licensees in the agricultural and holiday park sectors in claims for breaches of the licence agreement.

Personal Injury

Laura advises and acts for both claimants and defendants in fast track and multi track personal injury claims and is willing to accept instructions on a CFA basis in appropriate cases. She also has experience of acting in CICA cases. She is a member of the Personal Injury Bar Association.

Other Civil Work

Laura regularly represents claimants and defendants in credit hire disputes. She has a thorough grasp of the applicable case law and issues that are frequently raised in such cases. Shehas also acted in insolvency proceedings and recently advised in relation to a declaration under the Presumption of Death Act 2013.

Family Law



Laura has extensive experience acting for Local Authorities, parents and Guardians in care proceedings, including representing young and vulnerable parents, clients with learning difficulties and clients with chronic health conditions.

Private Law


Laura regularly acts for mothers, fathers and grandparents making or responding to applications in respect of their (grand)children. She acts in cases involving allegations of domestic abuse, sexual violence, mental health issues and where there is or has been Local Authority involvement.

International Law


Laura is developing an international dimension to her family practice and welcomes instructions in this area, particularly in child abduction cases and cases in which international issues arise in care proceedings. She brings a sound understanding of the principles of EU law, having previously worked for the European Commission and Court of Justice of the European Union.

Other Family Work including Financial

Laura represents clients in financial remedy proceedings from FDA through to Final Hearing and has experience acting in cases involving complex business interests. She regularly acts in injunctions proceedings and also has experience in tribunal appeals from decisions of the Child Maintenance Service.

Biographical and Other Information

  • Languages
  • French (fluent); German (conversational).
  • Achievements
  • Laura has a master 1 in European law from the Université de Rennes I, France. Prior to joining chambers she worked in Brussels and Luxembourg at the European Commission, law firm Latham & Watkins and the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). She has also previously taught EU law to undergraduate students at the University of Exeter.
  • Academic
  • In Autumn 2016, Laura spent three months working in Wellington, New Zealand, at top commercial law firm Russell McVeagh on a Pegasus Scholarship awarded by the Inner Temple. During her time with RMcV she worked on judicial review, human rights and commercial litigation files.
  • Honours
  • LL.B (Hons) European (Exon) – first class, 2009; Master 1 EU Law (Rennes I) – first class, 2009; Bar Vocational Course (College of Law) – Very Competent, 2010.
  • Scholar
  • Denning and Eastham scholar, Lincoln’s Inn (2009, 2013); AP Langlois prize for the best graduating LL.B (European) student, University of Exeter (2009); CEDR UK Negotiation Competition champion (2010.
  • Public Access
  • Laura is accredited to undertake public access work.

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