Laurie has a specialised practice of business and property work. He is recommended by Legal500 as a leading junior in both commercial litigation and property litigation.
Laurie’s practice focuses on complex and high-value commercial, property and probate cases. He has significant experience as a trial advocate, appearing alone and as part of a wider counsel team. His clients have remarked on his responsiveness, the clarity of his advice, and his ability to deal with tricky situations.
Laurie acts and advises in areas including:
- Commercial and contractual disputes
- Commercial fraud
- Property and land law
- Company and partnership law
- Probate and wills
- Intellectual property
- Insolvency (corporate and personal)
- Professional negligence
Articles, seminars and lectures
Laurie’s article on Unfair Prejudice Petitions has been published on Westlaw’s Insight encyclopedia, which is available here, if you have a Westlaw login.
Laurie’s article for the Trusts and Estates Law & Tax Journal, about the principles involved in questions of costs in claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, is available here.
Laurie regularly offers seminars to his clients, most recently on “The Lawyer’s Repair Toolkit: Construction, Rectification and Estoppel by Convention”.
Chambers Social Responsibility
Laurie is passionate about social responsibility at the Bar. He works with Maitland Chambers and the Chancery Bar Association on developing their social responsibility and wellbeing strategies, and in 2021 was appointed Co-Chair of the Bar Council’s Pro Bono and CSR Committee.
Laurie was appointed as a Deputy District Judge in 2019, and as a Deputy Chancery Master in 2020.
Laurie read English at Christ's College, Cambridge, where he was a scholar and achieved a first in both Part I and Part II. He subsequently studied the Graduate Diploma in Law (CPE) at City University, and the Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law.
In his bar finals, he was classed as outstanding, and was awarded the Everard Ver Heyden Foundation Prize for his overall performance and the Bar Association for Commerce, Finance and Industry Prize for coming first in the year in Commercial Practice. He was also a Queen Mother Scholar of the Middle Temple for two years running.
Laurie joined Maitland Chambers in October 2009 having successfully completed his pupillage.
Terms under which Laurie accepts instructions
Laurie’s clerks would be happy to discuss the terms under which he will accept instructions. In the absence of express written agreement to the contrary, the terms under which Laurie accepts instructions are The Standard Contractual Terms for the Supply of Legal Services By Barristers to Authorised Persons 2012 (as updated from time to time) referred to in the BSB Handbook. A link to those terms can be found here.