Laura Culley

Year Of Call: 
2006

Career background

Joined Citadel in 2008 following successful completion of pupillage. Prior to pupillage, worked as a paralegal in a firm of solicitors specialising in fraud and 'white collar' crime :  caseload included a variety of Very High Cost cases and Proceeds of Crime Act applications.

 

Practice details

Instructed to prosecute and defend in a wide variety of criminal matters.  

Prosecuting experience has a particular emphasis on fraud cases, and drug offences.   'Level 3' prosecutor, also a member of the CPS panel of advocates who receive instructions in cases involving rape and other serious sexual offences.  Also instructed by specialist divisions, including CPS Fraud Group, HMRC, DWP and the UK Border Agency.  

Recent cases include

  • junior Counsel for the Crown in two substantial multi-defendant drug conspiracy cases, in 2016 and 2017
  • the prosecution of two men charged with being concerned in duty evasion to the value of £1.1 million
  • prosecuted a woman charged with benefit fraud worth over £100,000

In addition, she has extensive experience working for West Midlands Police on a range of civil and criminal applications, including Proceeds of Crime Act matters, high value forfeiture cases to a value of up to £1.3 million, disclosure from the Family Courts, and representing the police in civil actions.

Defence experience encompasses the full spectrum of criminal cases,  including offences of violence, dishonesty and fraud, and sexual offences :  recently secured a series of acquittals in cases where defendants were charged with rape and other serious sexual offences.   

Extensive experience of dealing with privately funded road traffic cases including arguments on special reasons and exceptional hardship.

 

Direct access  

Accredited under the Direct Access procedure and in suitable cases is happy to accept instructions from members of the public.   Please see the Direct Access section of the website for further details.

 

Continuing professional development

Has lectured part-time on the BPTC at the University of Law in Birmingham, and has been involved in training police officers on matters of evidence and procedure at the University of Northampton.