Laura Bayley

Year of Call: 2010
Inn of Court: Lincoln’s Inn

Laura Bayley

She is a core criminal defence advocate with a confident record of appearances in the Crown, Youth and Magistrates’ Courts, including the Old Bailey, as well as the Court of Appeal. 

She prides herself in her careful preparation, considered legal submissions and persuasive advocacy, as well her approachable style and emphasis on client care.  She strives to provide clients with the best possible outcomes from all court hearings.  Following successful written representations, a number of her clients have not been proceeded against, or have settled matters by way of out-of-court disposals.  She is able to provide accurate and reliable written advice on all aspects of criminal law, evidence and appeals.

She has a developing interest in extradition law and the wider implications of criminal law to companies, particularly in relation to corporate governance.

Reported Cases

  • Abdul v. R. [2012] EWCA Crim 1788 – Successful appeal against conviction in a case concerning possession false documents with intent

Significant Cases

  • R v. Vassell [2012] – Old Bailey – acquittal following extensive legal argument on the law surrounding citizen’s arrest and self-defence
  • R v. Fearon and Fearon [2012] – Harrow Crown Court – co-defendants acquitted following abuse of process application relating to material non-disclosure from the Crown
  • R v. (Luton Crown Court) [2012] – Successful appeal against conviction for failing to notify (driving)


  • LL.B (Hons), University of Surrey
  • BVC (Very Competent), College of Law
  • Criminal Bar Association

Areas of Specialism


She has a varied practice having successfully represented defendants in a wide range of cases, including blackmail, serious violence against the person, robbery, burglary, fraud and other dishonesty offences, weapons offences, sexual offences, drug offences and road traffic matters.  She has also had success in defending post-conviction orders, including confiscation proceedings.

As well as enjoying a busy criminal defence practice, she is a Grade I Prosecutor, London and South East Circuits, and has appeared on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service in Magistrates’, Youth and Crown Court trials.  She has also been instructed to represent the Department of Work and Pensions and the Probation Service.

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