Soraya Lawrence - barrister




Call Date: 1999

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Soraya is instructed in serious and complex cases both as leading and junior defence counsel. These include murder, manslaughter, large scale drug conspiracies, fraud, money laundering and confiscation proceedings. She has considerable experience in serious sexual offences and the cross examination of children and vulnerable witnesses.

Her practice includes inquests and prison law.

She is fluent in Italian, Spanish and French.

She is a pupil supervisor.

She was a legal advisor to the BBC during the making of Rillington Place


R v Arshid – murder involving body in a freezer Central Criminal Court 2018 - See Independent News report

R v Queen and others – prison mutiny Birmingham Crown Court 2018 - See BBC news report

R v Dikanda and others – murder of black male model Central Criminal Court  2018 - See BBC news report

R v Lucy Casey and another -  murder Central Criminal  Court 2018 - See BBC news report

R v Joseph and others – multi-handed conspiracy to kidnap and cause GBH Harrow Crown Court 2018

R v Brownlee and others – leading in multi-handed conspiracy to cause GBH - St Alban’s Crown Court 2018


“As you probably know by now I got found not guilty in court on all 3 counts. It’s a short letter to thank you … for all your hardwork, all the effort and time you put into my trial I am so relieved and so grateful to have my life back. You guys/ladys have been fantastic and I also want you to pass on a massive thank you to Mrs Soraya Lawrence. She done 100% for me in court, she didn’t miss out one single detail I even told her before the verdict no matter what happens you have done really really well and I am extremely happy with your work regardless of the outcome. But she really gave 110% for me and so did you … during the build up to the trial. Please pass on a massive thank you to Mrs Lawrence and just let her know how much I appreciate all her efforts and likewise with you. I am so glad I changed my barrister after the Harrow Crown Court case. I honestly don’t feel I would have got the same result … Thank you all so so much.”


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