Laura Scott

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Laura is experienced in dealing with all aspects of child arrangements, domestic violence allegations, extended family care arrangements (including grandparents’ applications for contact and residence), special guardianship, private adoption.  She is regularly instructed in complex matters involving allegations of emotional, physical and sexual abuse and in cases where the representation and joinder of children to proceedings is an issue.  Laura’s work often involves an international element and her practise encompasses applications by parents for leave to remove children permanently or temporarily from the jurisdiction.

Reported cases
13th February 2015 | Bailii

X v Y & Others (Assisted Reproduction: Parent) [2015] EWFC 13 (Fam)

High Court declarations of parentage made in respect of father whose child was conceived using donated sperm, in circumstances where he had signed a consent form, which the fertility clinic had lost.
30th April 2008

K v P [2008] EWCA Civ 600

Appeal relating to the length of sentence imposed in respect of breaches of a non-molestation order to which a power of arrest was attached
10th April 2006

Re C-J (Section 91(14) Order) [2006] EWHC 1491 (Fam); [2006] 2 FLR 1213

Contact – Appropriateness of s 91(14) order – Exercise of district judge’s discretion

Laura acts in matters involving all aspects of care and adoption, especially complex cases where there are allegations of non-accidental injuries and physical, sexual and emotional abuse.  Laura is frequently instructed for fact-finding hearings and is adept at handling expert witnesses and voluminous medical evidence.  She has a particular interest and expertise in dealing with vulnerable parties and witnesses, including those requiring the assistance of an intermediary. Laura has several years’ experience in case managing complex local authority matters.

In addition to care proceedings, Laura also has experience in relation to education law and provides advice and representation in this area.

Reported cases
19th August 2014 | Balilii

A (Care and Placement Orders) [2014] EWFC B143

Care proceedings involving applications for Care and Placement Orders.

What the directories say

“Highly recommended for abuse cases” – tier 3
The Legal 500 2017


“Her down-to-earth and realistic approach together with her courtroom skills set her far above her peers.”
The Legal 500 2016


“She is quick to see straight into the heart of the matter, and is a good judge of character.”
The Legal 500 2015


“Extremely articulate and thorough”                                                                                                                The Legal 500 2011


“Laura Scott enters the ranking for the first time and is recommended for her work in care proceedings.”
The Legal 500 2008


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Professional Memberships

Family Law Bar Association

11th October 2017
Legal 500