Since joining chambers in October 2014 Laurie has developed a busy practice across a range of chambers’ areas of expertise, including commercial, chancery, real estate, company and insolvency matters. Laurie regularly appears unled in the County Court and in High Court applications, as well as assisting more senior members of chambers on larger cases.
Recent work includes:
Banking and Financial Services/Commercial Chancery Disputes
Laurie is involved in a number of claims involving, and has particular expertise in relation to, allegations of LIBOR manipulation:
Property Alliance Group v Royal Bank of Scotland Plc  EWHC 3342 (Ch): Acting for the successful Defendant, the Royal Bank of Scotland (led by Richard Handyside QC and Adam Sher) in this landmark £30 million claim based on allegations of derivative mis-selling, unfair practice in RBS’s Global Restructuring Group and LIBOR Manipulation. The LIBOR Manipulation claim was the first of its kind to have reached trial before the English Courts and the case was one of the Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases of 2016.
Following a ten week trial (May-July 2016), judgment was handed down in December 2016 dismissing all of the Claimant’s claims.
Royal Bank of Scotland Plc v Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP: Acting for the Royal Bank of Scotland (led by Patrick Goodall QC and Adam Sher) in urgent injunctive proceedings against the solicitors for Property Alliance Group (see case above) concerning the obligations on law firms to protect confidential information held by an employee of that firm as the result of his prior employment.
Stuart Wall v Royal Bank of Scotland Plc: Acting for the Royal Bank of Scotland (led by Andrew Mitchell QC and Tamara Oppenheimer) in a multi-million pound claim based on the alleged mis-selling of an interest rate swap in the context of a securitisation. The case also involves allegations relating to RBS’s Global Restructuring Group and LIBOR manipulation.
London Bridge Holdings Ltd & ors v Royal Bank of Scotland Plc: Acting for the Royal Bank of Scotland (led by Adrian Beltrami QC and James Cutress) in a £450 million claim based solely on allegations of LIBOR manipulation.
Acted (led by Andrew Walker QC) for the Defendant in the trial of a claim and counterclaim relating to the ownership and control of two companies.
Laurie read Classics at Girton College, Cambridge, graduating in 2011 with First Class Honours and winning the Wace Medal for outstanding performance in Art and Archaeology, as well as a number of college academic awards. He went on to study the GDL at Kaplan Law School, where he received a distinction and came top of his year. For his BPTC year, he was awarded the Princess Royal Scholarship by Inner Temple and was marked Outstanding on the Bar Course, coming top of his year and receiving the Best Student and Leading Advocate Prizes.
Chancery Bar Association, COMBAR.
BA (Hons) (Cantab) (First Class)