Laura Webster

Call: 2017

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Practice Overview

Laura became a tenant in April 2021 following a period of six months as a pupil barrister at New Square Chambers. Laura’s 12-month pupillage was completed with Wilberforce Chambers.

As a pupil Laura experienced a wide range of commercial chancery practice. Laura represented clients in her own right in the County Court, the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) and the High Court. Her advocacy experience as a pupil included acting in relation to several interim applications and appearing in a small claims hearing.

Prior to her pupillage Laura completed an LLM at UCL focused on financial and commercial law and from 2011 to 2015 she served as a District Councillor on South Norfolk Council. While studying her LLM, Laura was part of the team that represented UCL in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot 2016 which took place in Hong Kong and Vienna.

 

  • Insolvency

    Laura has acted in respect of the following:

    • bankruptcy petitions
    • winding-up petitions
    • administration extensions
    • an application for an administration order with retrospective effect
    • an application for an order for sale on behalf of a trustee in bankruptcy
    • an application for a validation order (in the context of winding-up proceedings)
    •  an application to annul a bankruptcy order
    • an application under section 236 of the Insolvency Act 1986

     

    While a pupil Laura produced (among other things) the following work for supervisors / members of chambers:

    • The first draft of an urgent application for a validation order for the sale of a house (in the context of bankruptcy proceedings)
    • An opinion on the merits of an application made pursuant to sections 339 and 423 of the Insolvency Act 1986
    • An extensive opinion on evidence and merits in a liquidator’s misfeasance claim under section 212 of the Insolvency Act 1986

     

    Laura is a member of the Attorney General's Junior Junior Panel and has represented HMRC in the insolvency context.

  • Property

    Laura has acted in respect of the following:

    • applications for final charging orders
    • possession hearings (including against trespassers)
    • service charge disputes
    • assisting with drafting statements of case in respect of a case against concerning disputed easements
    • a Part 8 directions hearing concerning the redemption of a mortgage at which the claimant sought the final disposal of the claim
    • a PTR in respect of an application for the determination of rent during negotiations for a new tenancy under section 24A of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954
    • applications for permission to appeal orders of possession
    • an application to set-aside an order for possession

     

    Laura’s experiences as a pupil included assisting with the following:

    • A hearing in the Court of Appeal concerning fencing easements (Churston Golf Club Ltd v Haddock)
    • A trial concerning an application for the modification of a restrictive covenant
    • Drafting particulars of claim in respect of a case concerning the obstruction of a right of way

     

    Laura’s experiences as a pupil included observing:

    • A hearing in the Supreme Court concerning enfranchisement (Sequent Nominees Ltd v Hautford Ltd)
    • A three-day trial concerning a claim for forfeiture

     

  • Trusts, Wills & Estates

    Laura has obtained a distinction in the STEP Certificate in Trusts and Estates (England & Wales).

     

    Laura has acted in respect of the following:

    • advising with regards to a charitable gift in a will where the charity had ceased to exist
    • drafting particulars of claim in respect of revoking letters of administration
    • drafting a witness statement in respect of an application for the removal of executors
    • a professional negligence claim in which a solicitor had not advised their client of a potential 1975 Act claim (Laura’s work on the case included drafting the witness statements and assisting at the mediation)
    • a case concerning a constructive trust of the home (Laura’s work on the case included negotiating costs outside court and attending a CMC)

     

    As a pupil, Laura produced an opinion on the construction of a will and an opinion on a claim under the 1975 Act.

     

    Laura’s experiences as a pupil included assisting with an application for Beddoe relief, and observing a mediation concerning the validity of a will and a conference concerning the variation of a large family trust under the Variation of Trusts Act 1958.

  • Company & Partnership

    Laura has acted in respect of the following:

    • an opposed application for the restoration of a company to the register
    • an application for the removal of accounts from the register
    • drafting an application for rectification of the charges register

     

    As a pupil Laura produced (among other things) the following work for supervisors / members of chambers:

    • a note on the merits of an unfair prejudice claim and the potential breach of directors’ duties
    • a note on pre-emption rights and the transfer of shares
    • a note in relation to damages for breach of warranty in the context of a sale of shares
  • Commercial Litigation

    Laura has acted in respect of the following:

    • the recovery of a debt / damages for breach of an agency agreement
    • resisting the withdrawal of an admission in a case that concerned unsatisfactory building works
    • several cases concerning the costs of solicitors
    • the Taking Control of Goods Regulations 2013
    • advising with regards to an outstanding loan
    • advising on legal professional priviledge
    • drafting particulars of claim in relation to the negligent provision of data hosting and document review services

     

    As a pupil Laura produced (among other things) the following work for supervisors / members of chambers:

    • a Response to a Request for Arbitration under the LCIA Rules in the context of a dispute over whether various insurance agency agreements had been unilaterally terminated within the meaning of a deed of undertaking
    • several particulars of claim in respect of recovery of debts

     

    Laura’s experiences as a pupil included observing:

    • a summary judgment application in the context of a fraud
    • an ICC arbitration panel during a pre-hearing of a multimillion USD dispute arising out an infrastructure project in the Middle East
    • a conference concerning breach of an exclusive distribution agreement

     

  • Additional Information

    Qualifications / Education

    Bar Professional Training Course, City Law School (Very Competent)

    LLM, University College London (Merit) (Dissertation Title: ‘Circumvention of a non-assignment clause: an analysis from the perspective of contractual interpretation’)

    Graduate LLB, BPP University (First Class Honours)

    BA in International Relations and Politics, University of East Anglia (First Class Honours)


    Awards

    £5,000 Postgraduate Scholarship (City Law School)

    Hardwicke Entrance Award (Lincoln’s Inn)

    Prize for Distinguished Performance in Second Year Assessment (University of East Anglia)


    Memberships

    Property Bar Association

    Chancery Bar Association

    STEP (student membership)


    ADR

    Accredited Mediator