Demonstrating Law Friends’ commitment to keeping our members fully apprised of the latest developments in all the most relevant fields of law, Laura O’Brien returns to present an update on protest law – an area that has consistently made headlines. In particular, Laura looks at:
Criminal damage and the Colston case
Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022
Things to look out for in the coming months
DPP v Cuciurean  EWHC 736
AG’s Reference No. 1 of 2022  EWCA Crim 1259
DPP v Bailey & others
Laura is a dedicated defence solicitor and Crown Court advocate who fights on behalf of her clients to avoid prosecution wherever possible, whether by challenging the evidential basis of an investigation or prosecution or by challenging a decision that prosecution is in the public interest, with a specialism in protest law.
It is easy for people to get lost among the power struggle between the police, the prosecution and the defence. Laura focuses on preparation and communication, being honest and clear with her clients about their options.
Laura has a particular interest in representing children and young adults and defendants with complex psychological and psychiatric needs. She believes that every contact with the criminal justice system leaves a mark. Fighting to minimise the impact on young clients is particularly important; their experience of the criminal justice system can determine their future. Laura’s clients have taught her to understand their experience and perspective.