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


“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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