Laura is an English-qualified solicitor and Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts Civil Proceedings).
Laura’s practice focuses on contentious and non-contentious aspects of public international law and international arbitration. She has experience representing companies and States in disputes across many industries, including: banking; gaming; hospitality; manufacturing; oil and gas; petrochemicals; pharmaceuticals; and private equity. She has advised on a wide range of public international law issues, such as the immunity of international organisations; international counter-terrorism law; international dispute settlement; international human rights law; international humanitarian law; the law of the sea; the protection of foreign investment (including in the context of restructuring of investments and on intra-EU investment issues); international refugee law; State responsibility; State immunity; statehood and sovereignty issues; treaty interpretation; and UN procedure.
She has acted for both claimant investors and respondent States in complex and high-value international investment arbitrations under all of the major arbitral rules (ICSID, SCC, UNCITRAL), as well as in ad hoc inter-State and commercial (LCIA) proceedings. Laura also advises on international law issues before domestic courts (including, in particular, State immunity issues, recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards, and set-aside proceedings) and has delivered numerous training courses to officials of State clients and other institutions on topics of public international law. In the six months leading up to the UK’s original scheduled departure date from the EU, Laura spent six months on secondment to the UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office, where she was advising the British Government on public international law issues arising out of Brexit. She has continued to focus on, and has widely written and spoken on such issues, since her return to the firm.
Laura is a founding board member of the Young Public International Law Group, a network of public international law practitioners from law firms, the bar, international organisations, governments and academic institutions around the world. Prior to joining Fietta, Laura worked at a leading US law firm, a leading public international law firm (alongside other colleagues at Fietta) and a UK “magic circle” firm. Prior to qualifying as an English solicitor, Laura worked as a legal and disarmament affairs advisor at the European Union Delegation to the United Nations in New York. Laura holds a BA and MA in Jurisprudence with Law Studies in Italy (first class honours) from the University of Oxford and an LLM in International Legal Studies from New York University.
Laura’s full curriculum vitae is available here.