Laura Johnson

Call: 2001
Senior (10+ yrs call)

“Quietly confident and reassuring; an excellent trial advocate” “She is very calm and inspires confidence with clients, experts and witnesses."
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In her clinical negligence practice Laura is instructed in cases of all values and levels of complexity and is very experienced in cases on both sides involving catastrophic injury.

She is recognised to be a strong and popular trial advocate. Her work encompasses all areas of clinical practice including birth injury, cancer related claims, gynaecological issues, mental health, prison healthcare, cosmetic surgery, spinal and brain damage. She has experience of claims with a cross border element. Laura has expertise in coronial law and represents both families and medical professionals at inquests.

In her wider common law practice Laura has a particular expertise in complex duty of care cases, including claims involving stress at work, bullying, harassment, education, social services, physical and sexual abuse and civil cases involving allegations of fraud. She receives regular instructions in catastrophic injury cases (brain and spinal). She is regularly instructed in human rights and discrimination cases and also acts in cross border matters.
Laura acts for police forces across all areas of civil work, including malfeasance, employers and public liability matters. She has been instructed as junior counsel in cases involving grave injury during restraint and following arrest (including catastrophic brain injury). She also has experience of inquests involving sensitive issues and difficult questions of disclosure.

Laura was appointed a Deputy District Judge in 2015, sitting for approximately three weeks a year. She is also Assistant Coroner for East London, an occasional judicial role that complements Laura's practice as an advocate experienced in inquests covering the range of complexities, including deaths in custody, clinical negligence and jury inquests. Laura is a member of the Bar Standards Board approved panel of prosecutors. Laura is regularly instructed in the High Court, has appeared in the Court of Appeal and as junior counsel in the House of Lords. She is experienced in arbitration, jury, tribunal, inquest and appellate advocacy.

Laura was appointed one of four judicial assistants to the Law Lords in 2003-2004 primarily working with Lord Steyn and prior to pupillage, interned in Miami representing defendants facing the death penalty.

  • Withington Girls’ School

  • University of Oxford (Philosophy, Politics and Economics)

  • City University (PGDip in Law)

  • Inns of Court School of Law (Bar Vocational Course)

Chambers & Legal 500 Rankings
Chambers & Partners:

Laura is ranked in Band 2 for both Personal Injury and Police Law: Mainly Defendant; and Band 3 for Clinical Negligence.

Legal 500:

Laura is ranked as a leading tier 4 junior for Clinical Negligence, and Personal Injury stating  she is “Quietly confident and reassuring; an excellent trial advocate” and that “She is very calm and inspires confidence with clients, experts and witnesses.

  • Junior Counsel to the Crown (C Panel)

  • Administrative Law Bar Association

  • Personal Injuries Bar Association Executive Committee

  • Professional Negligence Bar Association

  • London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association

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