Laura Baines

Barrister  |  Head of Immigration

Date of Call: 2007

What others say

Laura Baines at No.18 Barristers Chambers has established expertise in immigration cases, in which she is well known for representing both appellants and the Home Office.
Legal 500

Very experienced in immigration and asylum matters.
Legal 500

She is quick to grasp the essence of a case
Legal 500

Very experienced in immigration and asylum matters.
Legal 500
Recommended for immigration cases
Legal 500

Very knowledgeable and quick on her feet
Legal 500
Laura is brilliant, Professional and I couldn’t have done it without her on my side as well
Richard Griffiths & Co

Client-focused and provides down-to-earth advice.
Legal 500
  • Barrister profile

Before being called to the Bar, Laura had extensive experience in the areas of child protection and public family law matters as a paralegal for Lancashire County Council. Laura has used her spare time to focus on family issues in particular domestic violence, having worked with Preston Women’s Refuge and the National Centre for Domestic Violence. Laura also worked as a solicitor’s agent across the North Western Circuit for LPC before pupillage. She continues to practice immigration and family and the cross over this brings. Recently she has dealt with public law proceedings that had immigration issues. Having practiced in the city before coming back to the circuit, Laura gained large experience in immigration matters and family matters in particular going to the High Court.


Family: Care & Children

Contact and Residence disputes under the Children Act 1989

Laura accepts instructions in all private law children matters and has undertaken a range of hearings involving child arrangement orders, specific issue and prohibited steps orders involving preventing taking the child out of the jurisdiction. Laura represents fathers and mothers as well as the children when the need has arisen for their separate representation. Laura has experience in dealing with private law children matters relating to forces personnel.

Laura also deals with Family Law Act matters in particular ex parte and on notice through to contested non-molestation orders, occupation orders and transfer of tenancy matters. Laura has experience working with domestic violence charities and is able to provide written advice and pleadings from application through to hearing. She has extensive experience dealing with vulnerable clients.

Domestic violence & injunctions

Laura has extensive  expertise of cases involving domestic abuse.

Public Law / Care and Adoption Proceedings

Laura has acted for the local authority, parents and Guardians as well as the children themselves in public law family matters. Laura accepts instructions in all public family law matters and has undertaken a range of hearings, most recently appearing in the High Court. She frequently appears in interim fact finding and final hearings involving care and supervision orders, section 8 orders, injunctions and matters of jurisdiction.

Laura has conducted cases involving; 

  • Non-accidental injuries, including non-accidental head injuries
  • Domestic violence
  • Neglect
  • Multiple children with different needs.
  • Intractable contact / residence disputes
  • Substance misuse
  • Mental health & drugging
  • Domestic Violence
  • Official solicitor
  • Psychological abuse,
  • Placement outside the jurisdiction
  • Sexual abuse

Laura’s experience in house as a paralegal at Lancashire County Council has allowed her to understand the way public children matters work


Laura frequently appears in the first tier and upper tribunals in relation to immigration and asylum matters. She conducts a range of preliminary, final hearings and judicial reviews, having acted for both the Home Office and the Appellant. This gives her an advantage when advising clients as to the appropriate course of action. Laura in particular has had conduct of tier 1, tier 2, tier 4 points based system applications, article 8 applications, EU applications, trafficking cases, asylums from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and Trinidad. Laura is happy to provide written advice and draft pleadings such as grounds of appeal for first tier tribunal appeals, upper tribunal appeals and judicial reviews.

Notable cases: IA/28304/2013, where IJ Robinson found the Home Office failed to prove the general ground of refusal under paragraph 322(1A) of the Immigration Rules. The Judge took the view that the evidence produced by the Home Office to show that the academic certificate submitted by the Appellant in support of his application for leave to remain was inadequate


Landlord and tenant

Whilst as a solicitor’s agent for LPC, Laura conducted hearings relating to mortgage possessions, residential landlords both business and private, rent arrears which she continues to do in practice. Laura is willing to provide written advice and draft pleadings both claim forms and defences.




Sibel Dedezade Pro Bono Award for the BVC – Inns of Court School of Law, London

Publications / Seminars

Laura regularly provides training for clients of Chambers, and recent seminars have included workshops on the balance between the Home Office and the Family Courts and the new Immigration Act 2014. She is always happy to discuss delivering bespoke in-house training. 

Personal Info

Outside of Chambers work, Laura is a keen traveller having ventured to Australia, China, Malaysia, Hong Kong, South Korea as well as inter-railing across Europe. She is a keen snowboarder, runner (having completed the Disney Marathon in 2009 as well as a number of Great North Runs) and salsa dancer. Laura has also worked in a law firm in China in 2009. Laura is a keen netballer and often competes with her fellow No.18 members in charity netball tournaments.