Laura practises in public, commercial, regulatory, employment and anti-discrimination law.
Laura has an appellate and trial practice and has appeared in the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, Federal Court and various other courts and tribunals.
She is regularly briefed by both State and Commonwealth departments and agencies, Aboriginal Land Councils and by private parties, in a variety of areas.
Laura holds a current Australian Government Negative Vetting Level 2 security clearance.
Before coming to the Bar, Laura was a Senior Lawyer at the Australian Government Solicitor. Laura acted for the Commonwealth in administrative law, regulatory, anti-discrimination, employment and information protection (including freedom of information and privacy) matters. She was an Associate to the Hon Chief Justice Black AC at the Federal Court; and a lawyer in the Commercial Litigation group at Blake Dawson (now Ashurst). Laura is also admitted in England and Wales and worked as a solicitor in a boutique London firm, specialising in employment and anti-discrimination litigation.
Laura holds a DPhil, MPhil and BCL (with distinction) from the University of Oxford where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar and a Clarendon Scholar. She graduated with first class honours, the University Medal in Law and the Supreme Court Judges’ Prize from her undergraduate degree at the Australian National University.
She is currently a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne teaching International Equality Law on the Melbourne Law Masters. She was previously a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Oxford and the Deputy Director of the Oxford Human Rights Hub. She has also previously taught administrative law and human rights law at the University of Oxford, litigation and dispute management at the Australian National University, and administrative law at the University of Melbourne.
Laura is a member of the Board of Directors of List G Barristers; the Board of Directors of Canberra Community Law; the Advisory Board of the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law (CERL) at the University of Melbourne; the Victorian Bar Pro Bono Committee and she is the Secretary of the Public Law section of the Commercial Bar Association.
Recent matters in which Laura has been briefed include:
Commercial and regulatory
Discrimination and employment