Laura Janes was admitted as a solicitor in 2006. Laura is a consultant solicitor at Associates and GT Stewart Solicitors, where she conducts her criminal appeal work, and also at Scott-Moncrieff and Associates. She specialises in sentence appeals, especially those involving people who are seeking to have their prison sentence substituted for a mental health disposal in line with R v Vowles.
She has a professional doctorate in Youth Justice and a visiting fellow at the London South Bank University. Laura has developed an expertise in advising and representing children and young people in penal detention in relation to prison law, public law and criminal appeal matters. Laura is a committee member of the Association of Prison Lawyers and the Mental Health Lawyers’ Association. She is also a Board member of the Legal Aid Practitioners' Group and Chair of Legal Action Group.
In 2019, Laura was awarded Solicitor of the Year by the First 100 years’ Inspirational Women in Law Awards.