Laura Banks
Associate
Has changed my life and brought light to a dark time – outstanding.

Laura studied law at Queen's University, Belfast and qualified as a solicitor in 2011 from the Institute of Professional Legal Studies. She completed her apprenticeship in a small general practice before practising law within the advice sector for 5 years. She joined Francis Hanna & Co in 2017

Laura specialises in Litigation, Employment Law and Judicial Review. She has a particular passion for Social Justice and Social Security Law and represents clients before the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

Laura represents both employee and employer clients on both contentious and non-contentious issues. She represents clients before the Industrial and Fair Employment Tribunal. She acts for Plaintiffs in all personal injury, employer’s liability and medical negligence matters in the County Court and High Court.

Laura acted in relation to a landmark legal case involving access to bereavement benefits for children of cohabiting parents, where it was successfully argued that to refuse benefits to unmarried parents was unjustifiably discriminatory and incompatible with Human Rights. It was the first Supreme Court case ever heard in Northern Ireland and is expected to bring about UK wide reform in the area of bereavement benefits, benefiting thousands of families. The case attracted widespread media interest and was hailed a significant victory for thousands of bereaved children.

Laura was listed as The Times Lawyer of The Week in September 2018 for her work in this case. She was Belfast Chamber’s Employee of the Year 2019 and delivered a TED X Stormont talk in August 2019.