Laura assists both lenders and borrowers with domestic and international banking matters. These include complex unsecured and secured financing transactions; with security being taken over a variety of assets including real estate, interests in quoted and unquoted companies, and artwork.
Laura is an Associate in the Farrer & Co Banking Team and not only advises financial institutions, but public and private companies, charities, trustees and private individuals on a range of lending transactions. In any given day, she might assist a major UK bank with a £40m syndicated term loan and act for a school borrowing monies to refurbish teaching facilities – it is this variety that has led to her common-sense approach to completing transactions smoothly whilst upholding a good relationship between all parties to the deal. Recent highlights also include assisting a major UK bank with a £23m loan facility relating to a portfolio of care homes.
Laura was recently seconded as Legal Counsel to Deutsche Bank. During this time she supported numerous finance transactions and assisted with the application and review of regulatory issues affecting wealth management, including the Mortgage Credit Directive. Through her time at Deutsche Bank, Laura has developed a thorough understanding of how the transaction process operates within financial institutions and a greater commercial understanding of debt transactions from both a lender and borrower perspective.
Clients have said:
“Laura is one of the most impressive young lawyers I have seen in 15 years of practice.”
“I have been particularly impressed by Laura’s willingness to get “under the skin” of how [we] operate.”
Before joining Farrer & Co, Laura taught a variety of legal subjects, such as taxation law, corporate law and international law, at institutions including Melbourne University and the University of Cambridge. She continues to lecture on such contemporary legal matters in the UK and abroad.
For several years, Laura has also served as a trustee of a national children's charity which has given her a unique insight into the particular financing concerns of charitable organisations and trustees.
In 2017, Laura was elected to the Law Society Council and she also sits on the City of Westminster and Holborn Law Society's International Committee.
In 2016, Laura was shortlisted for the Law Society's Junior Lawyer of the Year Award and the WeAreTheCity's Rising Star in Law Award.