Prior to joining Wilsons in October 2019 Laurie completed the GDL and the LPC at BPP University, Manchester graduating with a Commendation and Distinction respectively. Laurie previously completed a degree in Film Studies at Kings College, London graduating in 2011 and then an MA in Human Rights at the School of Advanced Study.
Before studying law Laurie worked for nearly four years in frontline services supporting women and children subjected to inter-personal and state violence. Firstly at the Poppy Project, Eaves where she was a first responder in the National Referral Mechanism completing assessments and referrals into the NRM as well as providing support and advocacy to women victims of trafficking and their children. As part of this role Laurie wrote detailed reports to provide the Home Office with information for Conclusive Grounds decisions and request reconsiderations of negative decisions.
Laurie then worked at Solace Women’s Aid, firstly as a Domestic Abuse caseworker, before running the Amari Project which provides resettlement housing and support to women affected by trafficking and prostitution. Whilst studying law Laurie volunteered for the Pro Bono Department at BPP, interviewing and writing advice to clients on a range of civil matters.
She also volunteered for the Anti-Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit.
Laurie benefitted from scholarships awarded by BPP to complete her legal education being awarded the Career Guarantee scholarship and Cohen Excellence Award for the GDL and LPC.
Laurie is a member of Young Legal Aid Lawyers.
Interests: weight training, politics and dance