Laura specialises in intellectual property law. She joined Chambers in September 2023 following successful completion of pupillage, during which she worked on a range of cases involving patents, copyright, design rights, trade marks, passing off, breach of confidential information, breach of contract, and software.
Prior to joining Hogarth, Laura was an associate in the IP litigation team at Herbert Smith Freehills. She worked on patent cases in both the telecoms and life sciences sectors, including global pharmaceutical litigation and SPC disputes. She also advised clients in relation to software, copyright infringement, and brands, and spent time on secondment with the disputes team of a multinational technology client.
Laura has a Master’s degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southampton and a distinction from the University of Oxford in Intellectual Property Law and Practice.
You can read about a selection of Laura’s cases below.
Newron v Comptroller  EWHC 1471 – appeal in relation to meaning of “product” in the SPC Regulation
Molavi v BBC  EWHC 646 (Ch) – summary judgment in relation to copyright infringement
Ready4S Ltd v Marla International Ltd  EWHC 3532 (Ch) – appeal in relation to judgment in default and set-aside for breach of contract
Lifestyle Equities v Blakely BL O/0280/23 – appeal to the Appointed Person in relation to trade mark opposition
Bollard Proof v Michael Harrison BL/ O/0052/23 – patent revocation
Airbnb v Airtasker O/0543/23 – trade mark invalidity
McDonald’s v Mak Halal O/0296/23 – trade mark opposition
Red Bull v Bullards O/921/22 – trade mark opposition
Yeti Coolers v Yetigel O/0201/23 – trade mark invalidity and strike out
As a solicitor
Teva UK Ltd and Others v Gilead Sciences Inc (Case C-121/17) – CJEU decision in relation to Article 3(a) of the SPC Regulation
ViiV Healthcare Company v Gilead Sciences Inc  EWHC 615 (Pat) – strike out in relation to intention and the test for the doctrine of equivalents
Pfizer Limited v Hoffmann-La Roche AG  EWHC 1520 (Pat) – decision in relation to Arrow declarations for biosimilars
Institute of Space Policy and Law
Qualifications and Regulations
MEng Mechanical Engineering/Aerospace, University of Southampton
Graduate Diploma in Law, University of Law
Legal Practice Course, BPP University
Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice, Distinction, University of Oxford
Laura is a self-employed, independent barrister whose practice is governed by the Code of Conduct of the Bar of England and Wales. She is registered with the Bar Standards Board of England and Wales (Bar Ref: 76570)
She has professional indemnity insurance provided by the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund (BMIF Ref: 2190/066). Please refer to the BMIF website for full details of the world-wide cover provided, and the BMIF’s contact details.
“Patent pending: the law on AI inventorship”, Oxford Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice
“High Court of England and Wales considers ‘right to be forgotten’”, Oxford Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice
“Views on an evolving automotive industry – standards and essential patents”, Lexology
“ICO explores bias and discrimination in AI”, Lexology
“Deepfakes: is seeing still believing?”, Lexology
Laura is a keen sailor and races yachts in both the Solent and the (somewhat warmer!) waters of the Caribbean.