Laurie-Anne Power will be joining our ‘Get ahead in Law’ panel debate on Saturday 23rd March at Birkbeck, University of London.
Laurie-Anne is an experienced criminal defence Barrister and has acted in cases of varying size and complexity, representing defendant’s on many serious cases including kidnap, Rape (In particular historic allegations) sexual assault, firearms offences and Murder. Appearing before the Court of Appeal on many occasions and the International Criminal Tribunals.
Former lecturer and Unit Leader at the London Metropolitan University. She lectured in the Laws of Criminal Evidence and Procedure and Criminal Law. Former Lecturer on the Bar Vocational Course (Manchester University) teaching Advocacy and Ethics.
Laurie-Anne is also an advocacy trainer for her Inn (Middle Temple). She has been trained to teach new members of the Bar and students the skills needed to become confident effective advocates. In her spare time she represents the Bar councils educational department by visiting schools across the capital to inform young students about a career at the Bar. Many of these schools have a diverse mix of pupils from many different backgrounds.
Diversification of the Bar is something that Laurie-Anne is dedicated to addressing, her role in education and training is therefore of particular importance to her. She appears as a role model for an organisation called Urban Synergy who’s aims are to provide young people in South London with positive role models as a point of contact. They organise work placements mentoring and assistance with school work.
Laurie-Anne has spent considerable time at the United Nations supported Special Court in Sierra Leone. In this International Criminal Tribunal she appeared as a consultant for a defendant charged with Mass Genocide and allied crimes against humanity. She specialised in two main areas namely the issue of forced marriages/sexual slavery and Child slavery in Sierra Leone and other parts of West Africa.
At home, a significant amount of her practice involves representing very young defendants charged with serious offences. She is known for her tough yet approachable nature and has a longstanding clients that have continued to instruct her over her 13years at the Bar.
Laurie-Anne also part own a Television Production Company. The company have one drama series in the end stages of production and are planning to produce a series of documentaries over the next few years.
Laurie-Anne is married and has 2 children.