Laura Vickers - Family
Laura is a well-regarded specialist in children law.
Laura represents Local Authorities, parents, children and other parties in care proceedings at all levels in cases often involving serious allegations of physical and sexual abuse and neglect. Laura frequently represents clients who are vulnerable through learning disabilities, mental health issues, a history of substance misuse or who are vulnerable by reason of their own lived experiences. She aims to vigorously defend her clients’ interests, while at the same time balancing the other needs of the client and demands of the case: she believes that lawyers must never forget that the outcome and conduct of such cases inevitably have life-changing consequences for all involved.
Laura is also instructed in private law children disputes, with issues ranging from permission to remove the child from the jurisdiction, to disputes about with whom the child should live, to specific issues such as schooling or religious upbringing. These cases often involve significant features such as domestic violence or parental alienation.
Laura also acts in applications under the Family Law Act, in which parties are seeking protection from domestic violence or to resolve the occupation of the family home.
Laura is happy to advise and assist clients who wish to avoid running up large legal bills on a public access basis. This is often a sensible option when clients wish to use a barrister for a specific piece of advice, the drafting of documents, or representation at a hearing.
Laura was a founder of LLFJB.com, the website of the Leicester and Leicestershire Family Justice Board. She is a joint administrator of the site, which aims to provide news and materials for family law practitioners and – importantly – accessible free information and advice for people involved in their own family law case.
LLB Hons Law & French 1st Class University of Leeds, Université Nancy 2
BVC Nottingham Law School, Very Competent
Hardwicke Scholar, Lincoln’s Inn
RE T(A Child)  EWCA Civ 1210 (06 December 2016)