Education: LLB (Durham); BCL (Oxon)
Languages: German, French, basic Mandarin
Laura Newton has a commercial chancery practice which sees her regularly instructed in high-value international commercial disputes and arbitrations, often with a fraud aspect. Her experience also includes corporate and personal insolvency and company matters. Laura has appeared as the sole advocate, as well as being led by senior counsel, in a number of significant international disputes in the High Court and international arbitrations.
Laura has particular experience of the following areas of law:
- Commercial litigation and arbitration: contractual disputes; conflict of laws; sale of goods.
- Commercial fraud: claims arising out of fraudulent transactions; tracing of assets; interim measures including freezing injunctions and search orders.
- Corporate/personal insolvency: liquidation; administration; vulnerable transactions.
- Company law: claims against directors; unfair prejudice petitions; shareholder disputes.
In 2011 Laura was seconded to the litigation division of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP where she worked on a number of large-scale and high-value commercial disputes.
When reading for the Bachelor of Civil Law Laura obtained the highest marks in Oxford University, and received the Allen and Overy Prizes, for Corporate Insolvency Law and Global Comparative Financial Law in recognition of her performance on the BCL. She was also awarded the Astbury Scholarship by Middle Temple in 2008 and the Baxter and Cervantes Prizes in 2007.