Laura was called to the Bar in 2012 and joined the Regulatory Department in May 2017, as an Associate Barrister.
Laura is primarily responsible for investigating fitness to practise cases on behalf of the Health and Care Professions Council. These range from allegations of dishonesty in job applications, social workers and physiotherapists lacking in competence, to poor record-keeping and convictions for both minor and serious offences.
Laura also presents cases and argues preliminary matters before the Conduct and Competence Committee of the HCPC.
Prior to joining Kingsley Napley, Laura worked in criminal law (general and financial crime) and in oversight of the fitness to practise regimes of the major healthcare regulators.
Laura’s experience in prosecution and defence allows her to recognise the impact of proceedings on Registrants, witnesses, and family members. She is dedicated to identifying the right outcome for the public and for the individuals concerned, in a way which is sensitive to the emotions and uncertainties involved.
HCPC v DS – acted for the Health and Care Professions Council in respect of a social worker who had been convicted of child pornography offences. The Registrant was struck off the HCPC’s Register following a finding that his fitness to practise as a social worker was impaired by reason of his conviction.
HCPC v MT – acted for the Health and Care Professions Council in respect of an occupational therapist who admitted hugging service users and greeting them with a peck on the cheek. The Registrant’s fitness to practise was found to be impaired by reason of misconduct and a conditions of practice order was imposed for 12 months.
PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES AND MEMBERSHIPS
Association of Regulatory and Professional Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL)
Criminal Bar Association (CBA)