Soraya Lawrence - barrister




Call Date: 1999

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Miss Lawrence has wide experience in defending serious and complex criminal offences, including murder, manslaughter, large drug conspiracies, fraud, money laundering and confiscation proceedings.

She is a specialist in serious sexual offences: rape, historic sex cases and possession and distribution of indecent images.

She has considerable experience in cross-examining children and vulnerable witnesses. She often represents vulnerable defendants, particularly those with mental health problems.

Her practice includes inquests and civil actions against the police and prison law.

Fluent in Italian, Spanish and French.

She is a pupil supervisor.


R v O’Brien and 5 others (large scale conspiracy re theft and distribution of high value motor vehicles) Woolwich Crown Court

R v Scott-Wasey murder with issue of “diminished responsibility” Central Criminal Court

R v Phillips attempt rape (not guilty by reason of insanity) Isleworth Crown Court

R v Choy Ye Wan Croydon Crown Court – successful submissions re Palermo Protocol and non prosecution of victims of trafficking

R v El-Farrag (multi-complainant business fraud) Inner London Crown Court

R v Saeed and 9 others (large-scale driving licence fraud) Wood Green Crown Court

R v Woode and 4 others (conspiracy to supply Class A) Southampton Crown

R v Mughal people trafficking Croydon Crown Court

R v Davies and 11 others (football violent disorder) Harrow Crown Court

R v Johnson and 5 others (violent disorder arising from 2011 riots) Inner London Crown Court


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