Laura Sylvester

Legal Counsel

Medical Negligence & Personal Injury

"Laura Sylvester is an outstanding clinical negligence litigator. She made the whole process very workable for me and I felt safe and in highly capable hands every step of the way."

A Client

'Laura Sylvester is one of the most measured clinical negligence solicitors in the sector. She has a very practical approach and is, I think, effective. If I had a clinical negligence case she would be on my short list of solicitors to instruct.'

Legal 500 2020

Laura is a Legal Counsel in the Medical Negligence Department. She has a broad range of expertise, with particular focus on brain injury claims relating to children with cerebral palsy.

Laura also has a special interest in colorectal/abdominal and gynaecology claims. She has also developed a specialism in late diagnosis of infection cases and fatal claims and has an active caseload including cases of this nature. 

“Laura's care and instruction was genuinely faultless. From the very start of the case, she put me at ease with her professionalism and sensitivity. I was kept informed throughout of important details such as costs and communications and always with the opportunity to reach out and ask questions. I especially appreciated her patience and ability to explain complex legal concepts in a way that I could understand. Best of all, we achieved an excellent result which has been life-changing for me. I think it's pertinent to state that I was only a teenager when I suffered my injury and embarked on the legal path to seek compensation with little to no idea what this would entail. It's only looking back now as a 25-year old that I can truly appreciate just how vulnerable I was. Laura remained sensitive and attuned to this fact throughout; she saw me first and foremost as a young person who needed her help and, for that, I’m forever grateful.” 

A Client

She acts for children and adults from all walks of life. She has received praise from clients about her professionalism, together with her ability to act in a sympathetic and supportive manner.

Laura often acts in fatal claims and represents clients at Inquests. Due to the nature of the work, the cases can be harrowing for clients and Laura has experience of guiding clients through the legal process whilst understanding the needs of her clients.

As an AvMA panel member, Laura has shown that her work and experience are of an excellent and approved standard. She has close links with disability charities, such as SCOPE and Headway and maintains a relationship with each charity on behalf of the clinical negligence department. She realises the importance of the work the charities do and provides support in whichever capacity is required.

What clients and directories say

Laura Sylvester is a real asset to Kingsley & Napley. She worked extremely hard throughout the entire conduct of my case and was always available to talk if I had any queries. She explained the law, procedure and technical matters in simple terms so that I understood exactly what was happening at any given stage. I was particularly impressed with her instruction of the experts and I valued her advice in respect of my first barrister. She is a robust solicitor who was proactive in raising any concerns she had eg during the mediation. My expectations were managed throughout the entire process and I felt well advised as to the issues. I was extremely happy with outcome. I would not hesitate to instruct Laura again in the future, if the need arose.

A Client 

'Senior associate Laura Sylvester is down to earth and builds great relationships. It is clear clients value her input and trust her. She is an excellent all-round claimant clinical negligence solicitor.'

Legal 500 UK 2020

"Laura Sylvester is one of the most measured clinical negligence solicitors in the sector. She has a very practical approach and is, I think, effective. If I had a clinical negligence case she would be on my short list of solicitors to instruct."

Legal 500 UK 2020

Just a small appreciation of our huge thanks for all that you have done for us and our family in the case of J. You have been so supportive and understanding over the past three years; it has made the “rollercoaster” journey that much easier to ride. Ever grateful”

Laura's client

Laura Sylvester is an outstanding clinical negligence litigator. She made the whole process very workable for me and I felt safe and in highly capable hands every step of the way. I was impressed by her command of the case and attention to detail. Laura is very approachable and adept at explaining things in lay persons terms. However, she adopted a no-nonsense approach when it came to dealing with the opponent - I’m so glad she was on my side! I’m truly grateful for her efforts and authentic approach.

A Client

"She has excellent judgement and is good with clients; very straightforward, straight-talking and compassionate. She's always very efficient and on top of what she does."

Chambers UK 2021 – A Client’s Guide to the UK Legal Profession

"She is sensitive to the needs of her clients, takes her time to explain complicated law and always has the best interests of her clients at heart."

Chambers UK 2021 – A Client’s Guide to the UK Legal Profession

“Laura was compassionate, patient and understanding at all times”

A Client

“Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all you’ve done. You made something so difficult so much easier than we could have ever expected”

A Client

"Notably caring and conscientious practitioner; but with a steely core"

Legal 500 2019

“Just a small appreciation of our huge thanks for all that you have done for us and our family in the case of J. You have been so supportive and understanding over the past three years; it has made the “rollercoaster” journey that much easier to ride. Ever grateful”

A Client

“My lawyer, Laura kept me informed and took a close interest in my case. I thought Laura was very professional and supportive”

A Client

 

Professional societies and memberships

  • Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)
  • Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA)
  • On the AVMA Specialist Clinical Negligence Panel
  • Association of Women Solicitors
  • Junior London Solicitors Litigation Association (JLSLA)
  • London Solicitors Litigation Association (LSLA)

 

Laura Sylvester is an outstanding clinical negligence litigator. She made the whole process very workable for me and I felt safe and in highly capable hands every step of the way. I was impressed by her command of the case and attention to detail. Laura is very approachable and adept at explaining things in lay persons terms. However, she adopted a no-nonsense approach when it came to dealing with the opponent - I’m so glad she was on my side! I’m truly grateful for her efforts and authentic approach.

A Client

"She has excellent judgement and is good with clients; very straightforward, straight-talking and compassionate. She's always very efficient and on top of what she does."

 

Chambers UK 2021 – A Client’s Guide to the UK Legal Profession

"She is sensitive to the needs of her clients, takes her time to explain complicated law and always has the best interests of her clients at heart."

 

 

Chambers UK 2021 – A Client’s Guide to the UK Legal Profession

“Laura was amazing and is a credit to your company. She showed kindness and understanding at all times”

A Client

 

 

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