Year of Call: 2009
"She is extremely able and disarmingly bright."
- Chambers & Partners, 2017 (Chancery: Commercial)
‘An up-and-coming star.’
- The Legal 500, 2017 (Commercial Litigation)
Laura Newton is a leading junior with a commercial practice which sees her regularly instructed in high-value international commercial disputes and arbitrations, often with a fraud aspect.
The directories have ranked her as one of the top ten commercial juniors under eight years’ call (Legal 500, 2016) and said: "She is extremely able and disarmingly bright"; "A real star in the making"; “Extremely clever and enormously diligent. The quality of her written work is well beyond her years and she is also a very good team player with a very warm personality”; “Very accomplished, particularly for her level of call”; “She assimilates the facts quickly and has good recall. She is always very personable and friendly. You can work well with her in a team”; "She continues to impress with her knowledge and approach to cases"; "She is very personable and very diligent, and has judgement beyond her years"; "She grasps material and produces high-quality work in very quick time"; and “Very well-regarded junior counsel who is capable of appearing unled in high-value cases”.
Laura’s abilities have been recognised as exceptional for someone of her seniority: she was one of just 10 barristers selected for inclusion in The Lawyer Hot 100 2016, and was also featured as one of the Legal Week 10 Stars at the Bar 2016. The Lawyer noted that, “At just seven years’ call Laura Newton has been dubbed a ‘superstar’ by QCs for her record of bringing in significant commercial litigation mandates and being a ‘driving force’ in complex case management.” Legal Week referred to her as “winning plaudits left, right and centre”.
Laura has acted as sole Counsel, as well as being led, in a number of substantial cases in the Court of Appeal, High Court and the LCIA. She has already been ranked in the legal directories for several years as a leading junior in the fields of Chancery Commercial, Commercial Litigation, Commercial Dispute Resolution and Civil Fraud.
Laura frequently deals with substantial commercial cases, most of which have an international aspect. Under the umbrella of commercial litigation, Laura’s practice spans contractual disputes, civil fraud, banking and finance, and professional liability.
International arbitration also forms a large part of Laura’s practice. She has been involved as sole Counsel, as well as being led, in a number of substantial LCIA and ad hoc arbitrations.
Laura also has experience of shareholder disputes, applications against directors, applications under the Companies Act 2006, applications under the Insolvency Act, and advising in relation to company law issues.
- Bank Alkhair & Dar Al Arkan v Al Refai: a Commercial Court claim by a Bahraini Bank to enforce Bahraini judgments against Mr Al Refai totalling $4 million. It is the latest stage in proceedings which were featured as one of the Lawyer’s Top 20 cases of 2014.
- X v Y: substantial fraud proceedings in the Commercial Court regarding claims for misappropriation of assets and breach of fiduciary duty in relation to an international group of companies operating out of Russia and other offshore locations such as the BVI and Cayman Islands.
- X v Y: arbitration proceedings regarding a superyacht valued in excess of €200 million.
- A v B: professional negligence claims against a Big Four accountancy firm in relation to advice on a tax avoidance scheme.
- Hayward v Striker Trustees Limited et al: Instructed by members of the Hayward family in an offshoot of a long-running dispute over the estate of Sir Jack Hayward in the Bahamian courts and other offshore jurisdictions.
- National Westminster Bank plc v Kotonou  All ER (D) 11 (Nov): Acted for the successful Respondent in the Court of Appeal in the context of a guarantee claim concerning abuse of process.
- Anastasia Goncharova v Natalia Zolotova: the High Court proceedings of a high-profile international dispute over the estate of Georgian oligarch Kakha Bendukidze.
- Ukrsibbank v Polyakov: proceedings under section 25 of the Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments Act 1982 involving allegations of misappropriation of assets valued in excess of $100 million.
- Terra Raf Traiding Co Ltd v Aidar Assaubayev and others: Commercial Court proceedings against a prominent Kazakh businessman in respect of a $5 million transaction.
- TARBS Europe SA and City West Centre PTY Limited v the Republic of Macedonia and others: Instructed by Herbert Smith Freehills on behalf of the Macedonian government to defend claims in excess of €80 million under a television licence agreement.
- X v Y: instructed in a dispute in the Technology & Construction Court regarding damages claims arising from provisional of a defective website
- Re P: Instructed as sole Counsel on behalf of multiple defendants in substantial fraud claims in the Chancery Division by 79 investors in a property investment scheme.
- X v Y: Two multi-billion dollar professional negligence claims in the Middle East against a leading accountancy firm.
- JSC Bank of Moscow v Kekhman: Bankruptcy proceedings in the context of a multi-jurisdictional Commercial Court dispute over claims in excess of $150 million
- An LCIA arbitration involving a dispute between a Korean steel pipe distributor and its Romanian supplier, as sole Counsel.
- An LCIA arbitration of a substantial unfair prejudice claim in respect of a mining business.
- An LCIA arbitration of a dispute over a licence to operate a fashion television channel.
- A Beth Din arbitration regarding a partnership dispute.
- A Swiss arbitration arising out of a settlement agreement compromising a substantial fraud claim in excess of $100 million, instructed by a national government.
- An LCIA arbitration of claims of €18 million in lost dividend arbitrage profits by an ex equity trader.
- An LCIA arbitration concerning the terms of engagement of a corporate finance specialist in connection with a $30 million loan facility, as sole Counsel.
- An ad hoc arbitration arising out of the dissolution of a solicitors’ firm.
- A High Court dispute regarding commencement of proceedings in breach of an arbitration agreement.
Education & Qualifications
Hatfield College, Durham University:
LLB (Dunelm), First class honours
Baxter Prize for top performance in college
Cervantes Prize for top performance in year
St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford:
BCL (Oxon), Distinction
Allen & Overy Prize for the Best Performance in Global Comparative Financial Law
Allen & Overy Prize for the Best Performance in Corporate Insolvency Law
College honours for top performance in the BCL
Astbury Scholarship, Middle Temple
University College London: Visiting Tutor in Tort Law
King’s College London: Examiner in Trusts Law
Chancery Bar Association
Commercial Fraud Lawyers’ Association
Young Fraud Lawyers’ Association
Chambers & Partners, 2018 (Chancery: Commercial)
"Very nice and very willing to help out, she really does make herself available." A superb junior, who despite her outstanding legal abilities is very modest."
Chambers & Partners, 2018 (Commercial Dispute Resolution)
"Extremely easy to deal with and very friendly, she helps put clients at ease." "She produces things very quickly and she really masters the evidence."
Chambers & Partners, 2018 (Fraud: Civil)
"Bright, hard-working and praised by her leaders. She has a great future." "Extremely easy to deal with. Very friendly."
Chambers & Partners, 2017 (Fraud: Civil)
"She is very personable and very diligent, and has judgement beyond her years." "She grasps material and produces high-quality work in very quick time."
Chambers & Partners, 2017 (Chancery: Commercial)
"She is extremely able and disarmingly bright."
The Legal 500, 2017 (Commercial Litigation)
‘An up-and-coming star.’
The Legal 500, 2017 (Fraud: Civil)
‘Very clever, hardworking and very good at keeping a strong market profile.’
The Legal 500, 2016 (Commercial Litigation – Top Ten Under Eight Years’ Call)
‘She continues to impress with her knowledge and approach to cases.’
The Legal 500, 2016 (Fraud: Civil)
‘A real star in the making.’
The Legal 500, 2015 (Fraud:Civil)
“She is diligent, personable, and intelligent, with judgement beyond her years.”
Chambers & Partners, 2016 (Fraud)
Very well-regarded junior counsel who is capable of appearing unled in high-value cases. “Extremely clever and enormously diligent. The quality of her written work is well beyond her years and she is also a very good team player with a very warm personality.”
Chambers & Partners, 2016 (Chancery: Commercial)
Handles a wide and varied commercial litigation caseload, and is often involved in cases considering points of company and insolvency law. “She assimilates the facts quickly and has good recall. She is always very personable and friendly. You can work well with her in a team.”