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Laura Smith

Position(s)  Director , Solicitor

Area(s) of Practice  Business Defence , Criminal Defence , Military Law

Location(s)  London

Phone   0203 869 7008


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Laura Smith

Laura is and Associate Solicitor who covers cases in both fraud and crime and is based at our London Temple office.

Laura has worked in criminal defence for over 11 years. Her practice covers all areas of criminal law with an emphasis on white collar crime and proceeds of crime matters. 

Laura accepts instructions on both legally aided and privately funded matters. 

Laura regularly represents clients facing investigations and prosecutions brought by the Serious Fraud Office, Financial Conduct Authority, Home Office, Department for Work and Pensions, Department for Business Innovation and Skills and HMRC. She has represented clients facing prosecutions in Very High Costs Cases involving MTIC and 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. 

Laura has particular specialism in Proceeds of Crime cases. Laura’s dedication to the case and attention to detail has ensured excellent results for her clients. Most recently she has successfully disputed through negotiations and exchange of financial analysis a hidden assets argument reducing the confiscation order sought from £9.5m to £260k with the defendant being ordered to pay only £66k of that £260k benefit figure ordered. 

Laura’s experience in Proceeds of Crime cases gives her a forensic advantage in defending fraud prosecutions. Laura is adept at analysis of volumes of financial material. 

Laura also defends Restraint and Forfeiture proceedings and regularly attends the Magistrate’s courts to represent her clients. 

Laura has a particular interest in confiscation enforcement proceedings and regularly attends Westminster and Dover Magistrates Courts to represent clients in such proceedings. Most recently she successfully obtained an adjournment to the enforcement of an order pending the outcome of the appeal of the original order to the Court of Appeal, which is usually an unlikely result. 


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