Laura is a commercial litigator based in our Dispute Resolution team in Edinburgh, which is one of the most prominent litigation teams in Scotland acting in high value and complex cases in the Court of Session.
Laura specialises in construction, engineering and intellectual property disputes. She acts in a number of cases in the Ordinary, Commercial and Intellectual Property Courts (including copyright, trade mark and patent disputes); in Petitions (to the Nobile Officium; for Suspension and Interdict; and for Judicial Review); and in Appeals before the Inner House. Laura also represents clients in adjudications, arbitrations, mediations and has acted for clients in cases before the UK IPO and those taken all the way to the UK Supreme Court.
Laura is a key contact in the firm when it comes to contentious construction disputes, acting for a wide range of clients from private individuals to employers in major construction projects. In addition to the usual contractual disputes regarding payment, delay and defects, Laura pursues and defends professional negligence claims against construction professionals. Alongside lead partner, Michael Conroy, Laura leads the firm's Construction Practice Group and heads up "HM Construction Club".
Intellectual property is a valuable asset that is often overlooked in the construction industry. Laura's experience in both sectors helps to bridge the gap for clients and ensure that their IP rights are being protected. Of particular note, Laura is acting for an award-winning UK market leader in the provision of monitoring devices for use in the construction industry, which was the first patent litigation to be taken to Proof in Scotland for 8 years. As well as acting for clients in trade mark and patent disputes, Laura often addresses complex matters concerning unregistered rights and passing off. In addition to her work for key clients, Laura is the Firm's "brand guardian", often enforcing its IP rights against infringing third parties.
Advising clients at both pre-litigated and litigated stages means that Laura is acutely aware of the value and importance of continually assessing prospects of success, best method of recovery and potential scope for settlement - all whilst ensuring compliance with the statutory and regulatory environment within which the client operates.
Laura is ranked as a "Recommended Lawyer" in the Legal 500 for dispute resolution and was shortlisted by the Law Awards of Scotland in their category of "Up and Coming Lawyer of the Year" at the end of 2014.
Qualifications: LLB (Hons) Dip LP NP
Joined the firm: 2018