Laura Hocknell

year of call :

2005

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*Recommended in Chambers and Partners 2016*

Exclusively criminal defence practice, equally as comfortable defending in sensitive sexual allegations as in complex fraud cases.

Frequently instructed to defend complex fraud allegations, often involving the most complicated and voluminous evidence. In the last three years has been instructed as led junior counsel for the second defendant in an £8million 'boiler room' fraud, an allegation of conspiracy to defraud a Primary Care Trust by a dentist and his employees, a two-month money laundering trial and a five month complex VAT 'missing trader' fraud. Also instructed as junior counsel alone on frauds relating to eBay and banks and building societies and a 'confidence' fraud in which elderly and vulnerable people's bank details were obtained and used over lengthy periods of time. in 2016 instructed as junior counsel for the first defendant in a case alleging conspiracy to make corrupt payments within the Royal Household.

Experience in defending in all types of sexual allegation. Recent instructions include representing a man accused of raping his two daughters over many years, a 17 year old who was alleged to have raped a vulnerable teenager, and a defendant who was accused of being part of a ‘grooming’ gang, who was said to have targeted a 13 year old girl with learning difficulties.