She is very approachable and very good with difficult clients. She's very good at putting things in layman's terms, and brilliant in the courtroom - a wonder to watch.

Chambers and Partners 2016

Very good in court. She really fights for the client and is always accessible and responsive...Laura is very good with vulnerable clients.

Chambers and Partners 2014

Her down-to-earth manner plays very well with her clients.

Chambers and Partners 2012

PERSONAL PROFILE

Laura practices the full range of housing law representing tenants and other occupiers.  She also provides advice and representation in all aspects of Welfare Benefits law.   

Laura previously worked for Shelter and as a Welfare Benefits advisor for a legal advice centre before being called to the bar.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Housing law

Laura undertakes the full range of housing law with a particular interest in homelessness, unlawful eviction and harassment, defending Injunctions and Possession Actions and rights to succeed. She also provides advice and representation on all aspects of housing related welfare benefits.

Laura's housing practice includes experience of challenging administrative decision making by way of judicial review.

Welfare benefits

Laura has a particular interest and experience in welfare benefits, including Housing Benefit, from her background in Welfare Benefits before coming to the Bar. She is experienced in defending benefit fraud in the criminal courts and has an ongoing interest in both criminal and civil welfare benefit cases. She has also been instructed in a judicial review case in regard to a child benefit dispute. 

Gang injunctions

Laura also has experience of defending gang injunctions ("Gangbos"). 

REPORTED CASES

Shields, R (on the application of) v Secretary of State for Justice [2008] EWHC 3102 (Admin); The Times January 14, 2009 (power to pardon under Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons 1983)

RECOMMENDATIONS

Leading Junior in Social Housing: Northern (2016) "Experienced across all aspects of housing law, and has a particular interest in homelessness, unlawful eviction and the defence of antisocial behaviour injunctions. Strengths: "She is very approachable and very good with difficult clients. She's very good at putting things in layman's terms, and brilliant in the courtroom - a wonder to watch."  Recent work:  Regularly conducts housing trials, including possession proceedings and injunctions." Chambers and Partners 2016

Leading Junior in Social Housing: Northern (2013) "... Laura Cawsey , who is noted for her work representing vulnerable clients and 'is always well prepared and very good on her feet'" Chambers & Partners 2013 

Leading Junior in Social Housing: Northern (2012) "Laura Cawsey of Garden Court North is noted by sources for the volume of social housing work that she undertakes. Her down-to-earth manner plays very well with her clients." Chambers & Partners 2012 

CALL YEAR

2004

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