An up-and-coming employment barrister, whose stable of clients includes several established financial sector multinationals.
Chambers UK 2014

Laura Bell
Year of Call 2004

Laura is a client friendly and accessible barrister, who provides robust and commercially astute advice and who leaves no stone unturned in her approach to both advocacy and advisory work. Her forensic approach to cross examination and persuasiveness make her an obvious choice for difficult and sensitive cases.

Laura has been named as a 'Leader in the field' for Employment in the forthcoming 2014 edition of Chambers UK Bar Directory.

  • RECOMMENDATIONS

    Has a wide-ranging employment practice and regularly advises on everything from whistle-blowing to breach of contract. She is known as a fearless litigator who is adept at thinking on her feet. She is also praised for putting clients at ease, with her client-friendly manner making her a trusted adviser. Expertise: "I really think cross-examination is one of her strengths because she can be very tenacious." - Employment, Chambers UK 2015

    "An up-and-coming employment barrister, whose stable of clients includes several established financial sector multinationals. Recently, she has been instructed in an adversarial capacity to Citigroup in a multimillion-pound multi-discrimination claim." Chambers UK 2014

    "She is popular with clients, in whom she inspires confidence." - Chambers UK 2014  

    "Laura’s advocacy, especially her cross examination of the claimant went a long way towards us winning the case" - Lewis Silkin

    "Laura handled the conference extremely impressively" - Partner at Irwin Mitchell

    "Laura was on top of all the papers, alert to all the issues and incredibly responsive to the way the hearing unfolded… The judgement was a testament to her clarity of analysis" - Xerox UK Ltd

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  • Employment

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    Laura has a wealth of experience representing both claimants and respondents in all aspects of employment law, including discrimination, unfair and wrongful dismissal, redundancy, whistleblowing, TUPE, breach of contract, and unlawful deduction from wages. She is involved with cases in an advisory capacity from the early stages, and appears in tribunals and the EAT. She also advises and represents parties in injunctive proceedings and bonus claims in the High Court.

    Laura represents a wide range of clients including Apple, British Airways, Barclays, American Airlines, BAA, Harrods, Marks & Spencer, Primark, the Metropolitan Police, Goldman Sachs International and the BBC. She also represents charities, local authorities and shop floor workers.

    • Jamiluddin v (1) British Airways (2) Tim Steeds (3) Willie Walsh (2012) – Laura was led by Ingrid Simler QC and instructed to represent all three Respondents in complex race, religion and disability discrimination, unfair dismissal, and unlawful deduction from wages claims. The case gathered a large media interest given its sensitive subject matter (alleged terrorist plots and the involvement of government organisations) and personal allegations against the former CEO, Willie Walsh
    • P v CBRE (2012) - Laura was instructed by the Claimant, a large international commercial real estate advisor, to advise on the enforceability of its contractual provisions relating to the claw back of bonus payments on termination of employment. The contractual provisions apply to a high proportion of its senior employees. The matter now proceeds against one such employee in the High Court. Laura is being led by Bruce Carr QC
    • S v G & J & T (2011) – Laura was instructed as junior to Suzanne McKie, and represented all three Respondents - a global law firm, and two senior partners in its employment team. The claimant alleged disability discrimination. The case was extremely sensitive given the nature of the First Respondent’s business, the seniority of the other named Respondents, and other allegations against a number of senior employees within the firm
    • Kurumuth v. NHS Trust North Middlesex University Hospital UKEAT/0524/10/CEA - Laura represented the Respondent in a claim alleging unfair dismissal in the context of the immigration rules and the right to work. She persuaded the EAT to take a generous view of the employment tribunal’s judgment below, notwithstanding it got the burden of proof wrong. IDS Brief and the ELA Newsletter reported the EAT's judgement as suggesting that it is reasonable for employers to dismiss employees with uncertain immigration status
    • Lambden v. Henley Rugby Football Club UKEAT/0505/08 – Laura successfully represented the Respondent at both the ET and EAT. The principal rugby coach claimed that he had been unfairly dismissed and discriminated against on the grounds of age. Although there were numerous factors more consistent with employment, the claimant’s choice to be treated as an independent contractor was incompatible with him being an employee
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    Laura has a busy personal injury practice drafting pleadings and schedules, advising on liability and quantum, and representing claimants and defendants in fast track and multi track matters. She is instructed in all areas of personal injury work, including occupier's and employers' liability matters, claims against local authorities and road traffic accident disputes. She also has experience dealing with LVI and credit hire claims. As well as privately funded and LEI work, Laura accepts instructions on a CFA basis. Laura also appears for interested parties at inquests.

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Academic

BMus (Hons) 1st Class - University of Manchester & Royal Northern College of Music

Post Graduate Diploma in Law & BVC - Manchester Metropolitan University

Awards & Scholarships

Full Music Scholarship - University of Manchester & Royal Northern College of Music "Joint Course"

Lord Brougham Scholarship - Lincoln's Inn

Wolfson Scholarship - Lincoln's Inn

Hardwicke Entrance Scholarship - Lincoln's Inn

Sir Thomas More Bursary - Lincoln's Inn

Richard Isaacson Memorial Scholarship - Awarded for the highest Bar Vocational Course mark achieved by a new practitioner on the Northern Circuit.

Memberships & Associations

PIBA, ELA, ILS, APIL