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Laura Webster - Third Six Pupil  
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Practice Overview


Laura commenced a third six with New Square Chambers in October 2020. From September 2018-2019 Laura completed a 12-month pupillage at Wilberforce Chambers, following which she completed a third six at Selborne Chambers.

 

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

 

Prior to commencing pupillage, Laura completed an LLM at UCL focused on financial and commercial law, and served for four years 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 several bankruptcy petitions and winding-up petitions. She has also acted in respect of an application for final charging orders, and an application for a validation order (in the context of winding-up proceedings).

       

      Laura’s experiences as a pupil include observing the following:

      • An application for an ex-parte injunction in relation to the identity of fixed charge receivers
      • A conference in relation to bankruptcy proceedings involving guaranteed liabilities of $1billion (Re Viiay Mallya)
      • A conference in respect of the disputed costs of an administrator
      • Public interest winding up petitions

       

      While a pupil Laura has 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 extensive opinion on evidence and merits in a liquidator’s misfeasance claim under section 212 of the Insolvency Act 1986
      • A note on collateral arrangements and IVAs
      • A note on the enforcement of a mortgage
  • Property
    • Laura has acted in respect of the following:

      • 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
      • A  directions hearing in respect of a service charge dispute

       

      Additionally, Laura has represented clients at several possession hearings, and appeared at oral applications for permission to appeal orders of possession.

       

      Laura’s experiences as a pupil include 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

       

      Laura’s experiences as a pupil also include observing:

      • A hearing in the Supreme Court concerning enfranchisement (Sequent Nominees Ltd v Hautford Ltd)
      • A three-day trial concerning a claim for forfeiture
      • A fast-track trial concerning a claim for rent arrears and damages for breach of covenant, and a counterclaim in respect of landlord’s disrepair and failure to protect the tenancy deposit
      • A conference concerning an unlicensed HMO
  • Trusts and Estates
    • Laura has acted in respect of a case concerning a constructive trust of the home. Her work on the case included negotiating costs outside court, attending a CMC, and drafting amended statements of case.

      Laura’s experiences as a pupil include assisting with an application for Beddoe relief made in the context of an appeal to the Supreme Court (Airways Pension Scheme Trustee Ltd v Fielder).

      Laura’s experiences as a pupil also include observing:

      • A conference concerning the variation of a large family trust under the Variation of Trusts Act 1958
      • A conference concerning the separation of one adult beneficiary from several large family trusts

       

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

      • An opinion on a claim under the Inheritance (Provisions for Family and Dependents) Act 1975
      • An opinion on proposals put forward for the distribution of surplus assets from two pension trusts
      • An opinion on the interpretation of a pension scheme
      • A note on professional negligence in the pensions context
      • A note on the power of trustees to litigate
      • A note concerning breach of trust
      • A note on the disclosure of information to beneficiaries in the Bahamas and Bermuda
  • Company
    • Laura has acted on her own account with regards to an application for the removal of accounts from the register, and has drafted an application for rectification of the charges register.

       

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

      • 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 a case concerning recovery of a debt / damages for breach of an agency agreement. Her work on the case included representing the client at an application to set aside a judgment in default.

       

      Laura’s experiences as a pupil include observing:

      • 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

       

      As a pupil Laura has 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
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