Laurene Veale

Year of Call: 2019

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PRACTICE AREAS

Clinical Negligence | Discrimination & Equality | Employment | Human Rights | Professional Discipline | Public & Administrative Law

OVERVIEW

Laurene accepts instructions across all areas of chambers work, including employment, discrimination, public law and human rights, regulatory and professional discipline, personal injury and clinical negligence.

Laurene has a particular interest in equality law and has acted in a range of discrimination claims in employment and in services. This has included representing claimants with invisible disabilities, claimants with disabilities made worse by working conditions, as well as workers claiming sexual harassment at work.

She has advised in cases of pregnancy and maternity discrimination and assisted in a large multi-claimant equal pay claim. She has written about the need for legal reform to address gender inequality at work, especially for new and expectant mothers.

Laurene also has a keen interest in equality in services and has advised in claims of discrimination in housing and in access to services within the context of Covid-19 measures and restrictions.

Laurene has experience conducting investigations in the employment context, and has also assisted senior counsel on several large investigations within organisations such as NGOs and trade unions.

She has acted as sole counsel in a 6-day whistleblowing trial involving complex evidential issues around disclosure and witness credibility.

Laurene welcomes instructions from trade unions and has acted for both long-established unions and younger unions mobilising precarious sectors.

Laurene commenced pupillage in October 2019 and started tenancy in October 2020. As a pupil she assisted in appeals in the Employment Appeal Tribunal and Court of Appeal, and undertook work for the Grenfell Inquiry.

Prior to pupillage, Laurene worked in human rights and humanitarian work in the UK and overseas. She speaks French and Arabic fluently.

QUALIFICATIONS

MA Politics and Arabic (with Distinction) University of Edinburgh

Graduate Diploma in Law, City, University of London

Bar Professional Training Course with LLM (Outstanding) City, University of London

MEMBERSHIPS

Employment Lawyers Association

Discrimination Law Association

Bar Human Rights Committee

Constitutional and Administrative Law Association (ALBA)

Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers

Legal Sectors Workers Union – UVW

AWARDS

Inner Temple – 2018 BPTC Exhibition Award and 2017 GDL Exhibition Award

City Law School – 2017 GDL scholarship

Evan Ashfield Memorial Prize 2018 for best BPTC - FRU result

33 Bedford Row 2018 Prize for best performance in LLM Clinical Legal Practice (City Law School)

University of Edinburgh, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies Department – 2014 Irene Crawford Prize for best final year undergraduate student

University of Edinburgh, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies Department – 2014 Carole Hillenbrand Prize for best undergraduate dissertation.