Laura Johnson

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Year Of Call: 2001

Laura acts for claimants and defendants and specialises in clinical negligence, personal injury and police claims.

Laura is recommended in Chambers & Partners UK Bar Guide 2019 and The Legal 500 2019 for Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury, Police Law and Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law. Commentary includes:

"Engaging, very client-friendly and a deceptively robust and successful cross-examiner. She relates very well to the judiciary."

"Really, really personable - everyone likes her from reluctant witnesses to senior judges."

"She's extremely bright."

"She's reliable and user-friendly."

"Absolutely excellent in terms of advocacy. Very clear and very punchy."

"Incredibly impressive. She is very good with experts and her documents are really well drafted."

"She's got a lovely manner with clients and she is extremely bright."

“Her judgement is faultless, her manner is adaptable and she consistently gives 100%.”

“She is a rising star, her grasp of detail is immense ad her knowledge and tactics are exceptional.”

“She defends claims against the police from corporates and individuals.”

In her clinical negligence practice Laura is instructed in cases of all values and levels of complexity and is very experienced in cases on both sides involving catastrophic injury.  She is recognised to be a strong and popular trial advocate.  Her work encompasses all areas of clinical practice including birth injury, cancer related claims, gynaecological issues, mental health, prison healthcare, cosmetic surgery, spinal and brain damage.  She has experience of claims with a cross border element.  Laura has expertise in coronial law and represents both families and medical professionals at inquests.

In her wider common law practice Laura has a particular expertise in complex duty of care cases, including claims involving stress at work, bullying, harassment, education, social services, physical and sexual abuse and civil cases involving allegations of fraud. She receives regular instructions in catastrophic injury cases (brain and spinal).  She is regularly instructed in human rights and discrimination cases and also acts in cross border matters.   

Laura acts for police forces across all areas of civil work, including malfeasance, employers and public liability matters. She has been instructed as junior counsel in cases involving grave injury during restraint and following arrest (including catastrophic brain injury). She also has experience of inquests involving sensitive issues and difficult questions of disclosure.

Laura was appointed a Deputy District Judge in 2015, sitting for approximately three weeks a year. She is also Assistant Coroner for East London, an occasional judicial role that complements Laura's practice as an advocate experienced in inquests covering the range of complexities, including deaths in custody, clinical negligence and jury inquests. Laura is a member of the Bar Standards Board approved panel of prosecutors. Laura is regularly instructed in the High Court, has appeared in the Court of Appeal and as junior counsel in the House of Lords. She is experienced in arbitration, jury, tribunal, inquest and appellate advocacy.

Laura was appointed one of four judicial assistants to the Law Lords in 2003-2004 primarily working with Lord Steyn and prior to pupillage, interned in Miami representing defendants facing the death penalty.

Laura is a graduate of Oxford University and was awarded scholarships by Gray's Inn as a student.






Latest Cases Read more

Piepenbrock v London School of Economics [2018] EWHC 2572 (QB); [2018] E.L.R. 596

Successful defence of a £4 million claim for occupational stress and...

KXL & Others -v- Murphy & Anor [2016] EWHC 3102 (QB)

The High Court, on 2 December 2016, handed down an important judgment...

Latest Publications Read more

  • 'Someone To Watch Over Me' How do courts balance the expectation of supervision with the realities of school life? (Personal Injury Law Journal)
  • 'Atkin‚Äôs Court Forms: Personal Injury Vol 29(2)' (LexisNexis Butterworths 2007)

Practice Areas


  • Junior Counsel to the Crown (C Panel)
  • Administrative Law Bar Association
  • Personal Injuries Bar Association Executive Committee
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association
  • London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association