Notable Crime cases
R v N (Operation Blanca) – Bristol Crown Court 
Presently instructed in a multi-handed conspiracy to import and export industrial quantities of “spice”. Led by Jim Tilbury.
R v M – Winchester Crown Court 
M had been accused of sexually assaulting a trainee Detective Constable in a police interview room. This case involved sensitive cross-examination of the complainant and detailed analysis of the police investigation into the incident. After four days of evidence, the jury acquitted M within half an hour.
R v B (Operation Junonia) – Lewes Crown Court 
Led by Dan Frier, acting for the second defendant in case involving the largest illegal gun factory ever uncovered in the UK. The case involved the seizure of dozens of live weapons from crime scenes across the UK, and the seizure of up to 150 partially-manufactured replica Browning pistols.
R v M – Lewes Crown Court 
M had been accused of a joint enterprise knife-point attack following non-payment of a debt by the complainant. The jury unanimously acquitted M after cross-examination strongly indicated that it was in fact the complainant who was armed with a knife.
R v O – St Albans Crown Court 
Of the four Defendants running complex cut-throat defences on an indictment of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs, only O was acquitted. He retained his good character.
R v D (Operation Harbinger) – Exeter Crown Court 
Led by Dan Frier in a 22-handed conspiracy to supply over £1 million worth of Class A drugs. Upon reviewing the defence abuse of process skeleton argument, the Crown elected not to proceed to trial against D.
R v K – Southwark Crown Court 
19-year-old K had been charged with assaulting a police officer in Leicester Square during celebrations after the quarter-finals of the European Championships in 2020. K maintained that his actions were necessary to protect his friend, whom he believed to have been unfairly arrested and disproportionately detained. The jury acquitted K.
R v F – Birmingham Crown Court 
Having been convicted in the lower court of assaulting his ex-partner, H instructed new solicitors and Laurence to advise and represent him on appeal. Two years on from the date of the alleged offence, F was acquitted and his conviction quashed.
R v M – Central Criminal Court 
A acquitted of theft from a motor vehicle and criminal damage, running the defence of mistaken identification.
R v B – Inner London Crown Court 
Laurence represented a 19-year-old of previous good character caught with 18 wraps of heroin, 17 wraps of cocaine, cannabis, £2000 cash and a machete on his person. The Judge treated B as ‘lesser role’ after extensive mitigation and imposed a suspended sentence.
R v P – Guildford Crown Court 
Secured a suspended sentence for P who, despite multiple previous drink driving convictions, had been convicted of driving dangerously three times over the relevant speed limit, failing to provide a specimen for analysis, and failure to stop after the eventual accident.
Laurence also maintains a particular interest in protest law and has represented protestors from Extinction Rebellion and Just Stop Oil. He is able to give pre-and post-charge advice on protest offences such as obstruction of the highway and aggravated trespass, on the availability of human rights defences, and on the impact and interpretation of DPP v Ziegler EWHC 71 (Admin).