Laura has over a decade of experience as a blue chip corporate advisor in Melbourne (Blake Dawson Waldron, Corrs Chambers Westgarth) and London (Slaughter and May). She has negotiated many high value and cross-border acquisitions, takeovers and schemes of arrangement. Laura is also an experienced general counsel, company director and trustee.
Laura is a bold advocate whose breadth of experience, combined with her expert knowledge of corporate law, places her in a unique position to maximise outcomes for clients. She is often called upon to represent companies, directors and government in cases involving corporate law and finance issues, regulatory dealings with ASIC, and insolvency and bankruptcy scenarios. In addition, she is proficient in insurance, property, construction, competition and taxation matters. She is equally adept at general commercial litigation and has conducted a number of complex commercial trials. Laura regularly appears in the Federal and Supreme Courts.
Laura’s technical expertise has been recognised in recent appointments to the Law Council of Australia’s Corporations and Competition and Consumer Committees. She holds three first class degrees: Masters of Commercial Law, Bachelor of Laws (Hons), and Bachelor of Science (in Chemistry and Physics).
Bachelor of Science (Major in Chemistry), Deakin University, 1997
Bachelor of Laws (Hons), First Class Honours, Deakin University, 1998
Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor, Supreme Court of Victoria and High Court, in April 2000
Admitted to the Supreme Court of England and Wales (following examination) in 2004
Masters of Commercial Law, The University of Melbourne, 2009.
Laura is an active participant in law reform.
As a member of the Law Council of Australia’s Corporations Committee, she participated in the Council’s submission on the Review of Insolvency and Bankruptcy laws, including the proposed directors’ duties “Safe Harbour” legislation for insolvent trading. She has been involved in discussions with ASX about review of certain listing rules. As a member of the Law Council of Australia’s Competition and Consumer Law Committee, she was an active member of the Council’s subcommittee that prepared a submission on the government’s review of the Australian Consumer Law.
In addition, she has made an impact through the particular cases in which she has been involved.