Overview

Laura joined Burges Salmon in 2018 and specialises in public procurement law and commercial projects, with a focus on the defence and nuclear sectors.

She has advised public and private sector clients on all aspects of procurement and construction for high value and complex major projects in the UK and internationally, including drafting and negotiating a broad range of tender and contract documentation. She has also advised clients engaged in High Court litigation and alternative forms of dispute resolution, with a focus on public procurement disputes.

Laura is recognised as an 'Associate to Watch' by Chambers and Partners UK and as a leading Government Contracts lawyer by Who’s Who Legal.

She is a member of the Editorial Board of the Public Procurement Law Review and the Procurement Lawyers' Association. Laura has lectured as part of the King’s College London MA and postgraduate diploma in public procurement regulation in the UK.

Experience
  • Advising the Ministry of Defence on various major projects including: the Future Defence Infrastructure Services Programme (a competition for £2.9 billion worth of new facilities management contracts); the Defence Infrastructure Organisation’s procurement of a private sector partner to manage a substantial part of its operational activities; and the £1.1 billion amendment to the Project Allenby/Connaught contract (the largest accommodation PFI undertaken by MoD).
  • Advising Bristol City Council on its innovative City Leap initiative, which brings together private sector and community partners to delivery on a programme of energy and infrastructure investment opportunities, worth an estimated £1 billion.
  • Advising Gatwick Airport Limited on High Court proceedings brought by NATS relating to the award of a prestigious contract for the provision of air navigation services.
  • Advising Siemens on High Court proceedings brought by Alstom relating to the procurement of high-speed trains for the Channel Tunnel by Eurostar International, one of the largest procurement cases to have been brought in the UK.
  • Other clients include: FirstGroup, Costain, Transport for London, Highways England and Eurostar.

What others say...

'one of those people who is organised down to the minute detail. She is fantastic – very on top of things and completely unflappable'.
Chambers 2017