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Laura Buchan

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Kathryn Scott, Gaby Hardwicke Solicitors - “Laura Buchan has quickly become my “go-to” barrister for both Private Law and Financial Remedy cases.  Wonderful to work with, she is friendly, approachable and impeccably prepared, providing sensible and well thought-out advice to clients who appreciate her ability to blend realism with compassion.  In Court she is a persuasive advocate, well-informed and fast on her feet when needed.  She provides excellent value for money.”

Sarah Dummett, Brighton & Hove Law (public law) - Laura is very reassuring in her role in what is usually a very difficult and stressful situation for clients.  I feel very much at ease when I instruct Laura and the way in which she takes charge of cases I instruct her on.  It is always very helpful and reassuring to have continuity of Counsel throughout the court appearances as she understands the cases completely and this is usually the case with Westgate Chambers.

Seema Roberts, Brighton & Hove Law (finance and private children) -I have always been very pleased with Laura’s representation for my clients. She is always thorough in her preparation, she has a no-nonsense approach and the clients find her very personable. I would not hesitate to instruct her in children proceedings or financial cases.

Laura has a busy practice, accepting instructions in all areas of Family law. 

Financial Remedies

Laura is regularly instructed within financial remedy proceedings. She has experience in successfully running conduct), dissipation of assets and applications for freezing injunctions. 

She is often instructed to advise on matters involving pensions, companies, applications for maintenance pending suit and consideration of passive/active growth. 

Her practice extends to Schedule 1 of Children Act 1989 and Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996.

Children (Private Law) 

Laura frequently represents parents in private law proceedings, including matters with complex issues of relocation, parental alienation, serious domestic abuse allegations, change of residence and the involvement of 16.4 Guardians. 

Following rigorous cross examination of CAFCASS/16.4 Guardians she has successfully obtained orders on behalf of a parent that was more beneficial than the professional recommendations. 

Laura has recently provided training to newly qualified social workers from East Sussex County Council on how to properly prepare well informed and compliant section 7 reports. 

Family Law Act applications

Laura has extensive experience in representing parties involved in injunction proceedings for non-molestation orders and occupation orders. She has recently successfully opposed the making of an occupation order, considered to be a ‘backdoor’ financial remedy application. 

Children (Public Law)

In public law Laura is often instructed to act for parents, wider family members and the child, through their Guardian. She has a wealth of experience in representing vulnerable parents with learning difficulties, substance misuse and mental health difficulties. 

More recently, Laura represented a Mother in public law proceedings in an 8 day final hearing, where professionals sought to place the child under a Special Guardianship Order. She fiercely challenged the evidence on behalf of her client, which resulted in the child transitioning to the Mother’s care in time for Christmas, following over a year in long term foster care. 

Professional background

Laura prides herself on her ability to be affable and professional with her clients. She believes it is important to actively communicate with Instructing Solicitors and work collaboratively to ensure the best representation of a client. 

Laura is an accredited Civil and Commercial mediator through the ADR Group and is currently able to take instructions. She has also authored a number of blogs, one of which was published by the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple.

Outside of her practice Laura is an avid rugby fan, having spent most of her childhood playing the sport herself. 

Qualifications, Associations

  • BPTC: University of the West of England (Outstanding)
  • LLB: University of the West of England (2:1)
  • Certificate of Honour at The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple (2016)
  • ADR Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator
  • Member of Sussex Resolutions
Called 2016

Practice Areas: Civil, Family and Mediation, Financial Remedies

Email: LBuchan@westgate-chambers.co.uk

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