Role: Head of Corporate and Financial Crime

Laura Smith

Laura Smith is the Head of Corporate and Financial Crime department. She works on cases with a national and international reach. She specialises in business defence, specifically serious fraud, proceeds of crime, as well as complex serious crime, extradition proceedings and court-martial proceedings.

In the latest Legal 500 2024 Edition, Laura was highly commended for heading the corporate, financial, and serious crime department. The Legal 500 states: ‘The department is well regarded for defending individuals in prosecutions brought by the SFO, HMRC, and FCA. The team is headed up by Laura Smith, who dispenses comprehensive advice on serious and complex fraud matters.’

The Legal 500 2024 edition quotes the following testimonials:

‘Laura Smith has acquired a stalwart reputation for doggedly and tenaciously defending lay clients. She has impressed.’

‘Laura Smith is a truly fantastic solicitor. She is completely dedicated to her work, ensures that everything is prepared well in advance, that her clients feel reassured and supported throughout the proceedings and that her cases can run as smoothly as possible. She is a pleasure to work with.'

Laura was also mentioned as a 'Key Lawyer' in the 2022 Legal 500 Rankings.

Furthermore in the 2024 edition of Chambers and Partners, Laura was named as a ‘key contact for clients’ and a ‘notable practitioner,' for crime in the the North West and financial crime across the regions.

Laura Smith has represented clients facing prosecutions in Very High Costs Cases involving MTIC Fraud, Carousel Fraud, Boiler Room Fraud, Tax and VAT Fraud. Laura’s practice in complex fraud and proceeds of crime matters has allowed her to obtain extensive experience in the review and analysis of disclosed and undisclosed material. Laura is also extremely adept at undertaking financial investigations and analysis to a forensic level. She is also experienced in complex extradition work.

Laura has continued to enjoy successful results for her clients, ranging from the discontinuance of cases at very early stages of an investigation, right through to lengthy and complex crown court trials and Court of Appeal matters.

What our clients are saying about us

See our reviews at
  • Highly recommend 

    Jonathan always took the time to listen to my questions and concerns, he was always attentive, caring and highly professional. The court process was lengthy, and throughout it all Jonathan ... Read more Highly recommend
    Adyan, (December 2023)
  • Chet Desai is amazing 

    Chet Desai is amazing. Great support and advice. He even attended a meeting with me at very last minute. Highly recommend
    Meera Pala, (November 2023)
  • Great help with the ILR application 

    Sherena Lawrence has provided excellent support throughout my application for Indefinite Leave to Remain. At every step of the process, she explained in detail what needed to be done. Sherena ... Read more Great help with the ILR application
    Ilia, (November 2023)
  • Recommend 

    Sharad came as a recommendation from another solicitor and I am hugely grateful that he was. The advice, support and professionalism was reassuring at time when I was at a ... Read more Recommend
    Andrew Buglass, (November 2023)
  • Absolutely amazing 

    Honestly, amazing experience with our lawyer Sherena Lawrence. Very professional, knows her stuff, kept us updated instantly, kept us feeling prioritised. We had a positive outcome of our case and ... Read more Absolutely amazing
    Salah Salem, Review Solicitors (November 2023)
  • Fantastic, friendly service 

    Was in need of a criminal defence solicitor recently , I contacted Cartwright King via there website and received a call from James within hours , visited the office the ... Read more Fantastic, friendly service
    Carla Auty, (October 2023)
  • Great 

    If you are looking for a family child care firm then I would most definitely recommend Cartwright King. Fiona Bowen was great with communication both via emails and phone calls. ... Read more Great
    JS, (October 2023)
  • Professional but Human! 

    Leanne was a pleasure to deal with despite the nature of my case. Leanne and her team were amazing both in court and out of court. Communication between Leanne and ... Read more Professional but Human!
    Ben, Review Solicitors (October 2023)
  • Best choice 

    Having done my research and reading reviews I decided on Cartwright King. I am so glad I did. The best decision I made. Communication with James started straight away he ... Read more Best choice
    Client, Review Solicitors (September 2023)

Laura's team. Here for you.

Here to help. Contact Laura.

Laura and all the team at Cartwright King are dedicated to helping you. If you need help, contact Laura by email using this form or using the details below:

  • Hidden
  • This data will only be used by Cartwright King Solicitors for processing your query and for no other purpose.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.