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LARA SMYTH

Year of Call: 2017

Main Areas of Practice

Administrative Law or Judicial Review
Criminal Law
Human Rights
Immigration

Biography

Lara obtained her law degree from Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge and worked in a prominent London public law firm before being called to the Bar in 2017.


Her pupillage was focused primarily within the sphere of Judicial Review and she has since developed a practice with a particular focus in public law.

Lara has experience acting on behalf of both applicants and respondents in Judicial Review challenges across a broad range of issues. She regularly appears before the Parole Commissioners for Northern Ireland and the Mental Health Review Tribunal on behalf of detained prisoners and patients, and on behalf of appellants before the First Tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum) and Upper Tribunal in relation to a range of immigration issues.

Lara acts on behalf of Defendants at both Magistrates’ and Crown Court level, and has a particular interest and experience of acting on behalf of victims of human trafficking both in the immigration and criminal courts. In 2019, Lara was instructed in one of the first cases in Northern Ireland where a recognised Victim of Trafficking was prosecuted in the Crown Court.

Lara also has experience advising on a wide range of civil litigation, and has been instructed on behalf of the Coroners for Northern Ireland in a number of inquests.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Law, University of Cambridge, II.I

Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Studies, Queen’s University Belfast (IPLS), Distinction