Laura Coyle is a specialist public law and international family law practitioner who qualified in 2007 and was admitted to the Law Society’s Children’s Panel in 2012. She was made Partner in May 2017.
Her added strength is that she is one of the few Children’s Panel members to practice both areas of law at such a high level including regular instruction in the High Court and Court of Appeal on both international and public law matters.
Laura is ranked in both public law and international law in the 2016 Chambers ranking; Star Associate in public law and an ‘ Associate to watch’ in international family law.
Laura was shortlisted as Family Law Associate of the Year at the 2016 Jordan’s Family Law Awards
She conducts the majority of her own advocacy in Care proceedings including lengthy fact finding and final hearings involving challenges to expert evidence. She has appeared as junior Counsel in a 30 days fact finding hearing in the High Court for an intervenor who was represented by the Official Solicitor with Queen’s Counsel and leading Juniors for the parents. Laura has acted in complex High Cost care cases involving lengthy hearings in areas such as factious illness, sexual abuse, radicalisation and non-accidental injury.
She represents parents and children in care proceedings and her expertise in international children’s law means that she is frequently instructed in public law cases with an international element including cases where there are allegations that children have been trafficked and where parents reside abroad.
Laura is instructed in complex international family matters including Hague convention cases where she regularly acts for the applicant and respondent as well as children. She brings her expertise as a Children’s Panel Solicitor to cases where she represents children in complex Hague matters where she has acted as a Guardian and a litigation friend including the recent case of Re H (Child)  EWCA Civ 988 which raises complex issues of the interplay between family law and immigration law and also in private law cases where children are appointed a r.16.4 Guardian due to the complexity of proceedings.
Laura is also instructed through the ICACU in relation to the registration and enforcement of Orders made in jurisdiction which are signatories to B II A as well as applications under Article 21 Hague Convention. Due to her expertise and experience in international law, Laura is regularly instructed directly by clients who live abroad and who seek the return of abducted children or contact once the children move to the jurisdiction of England and Wales.
She regularly acts in Wardship proceedings concerning non Hague countries and including issues such as female genital mutilations and terrorism links, on applications for re-location and enforcing family law Orders for contact made abroad.
Laura also conducts her own advocacy in case involving applications for Child Arrangements Orders as well as Family Law 1996 applications.
She is well regarded for her sympathetic approach to clients and attention to detail as well as her tenacity and legal knowledge.
She has had a number of reported cases in the High Court and Court of Appeal when acting for parents and more recently children during her time at Freemans which include:
Laura is a member of Resolution, Association of Lawyers for Children and the Child Abduction Lawyer’s Association. She is an ICACU panel member.
Laura is located at the Westminster Office.