Lauren Suding

Called 2015

Lauren undertakes work in a range of chambers’ specialism and has a particular interest in employment, housing and family law. She is developing a growing practice in financial remedy matters in the family courts and the social security tribunals, as well as issues relating to trusts. Further details of her work in each of these areas can be found below.

Before coming to the Bar, Lauren served as a chief of staff, a financial and risk analyst and an executive director at firms including JPMorgan, Standard & Poors and Oppenheimer. In her twelve year career in financial services, Lauren advised corporate and individual clients. Prior to pupillage, Lauren also did work for the Free Representation Unit, The Access to Justice Foundation, Allen & Overy, and T V Edwards.

Lauren is Treasurer of the Middle Temple Young Barristers’ Association.

If you would like any further information about Lauren’s practice, please contact Field Court Chambers clerks or call +44 (0)20 7405 6114.

EMPLOYMENT

Lauren regularly appears in the employment tribunal, accepting instructions on behalf of both employees and employers. Lauren has been instructed in cases involving unfair and wrongful dismissal; constructive dismissal; discrimination on the grounds of race and disability; failures to make reasonable adjustments; failures to pay minimum wage; construction of contracts including obligations to pay bonuses; and unlawful deduction of wages. During pupillage she also gained experience in restraints of trade, age discrimination, compromise agreements, disciplinary procedures and whistle-blowing.

Lauren has been commended in her employment work for her temperament and an extraordinary ability to remain calm and focused in times of pressure.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Lauren’s work in financial services included managing employment matters for multi-national commercial firms where she gained experience in directors’ duties, TUPE, employers’ liability, disciplinary and grievance procedures, and pensions. She has also been an active Employment Tribunal volunteer at the Free Representation Unit since 2013.

FAMILY

Lauren is sensitive to the emotional backdrop of family cases. She aims to reassure clients whilst providing clear advice and advocating firmly on their behalf. She has appeared in private law children cases involving child arrangements orders, prohibited steps orders and specific issue orders and accepts instructions at all stages from emergency ex parte applications to fully contested multi-day hearings.

Lauren also appears in care proceedings representing local authorities, parents, children and connected parties. She has been instructed in cases involving applications to discharge care orders, children out of their parents’ control, physical abuse, emotional harm, mental health issues, drug usage, criminal charges, and forced marriage.

Lauren has appeared at various stages of proceedings including applications for emergency protection orders, contested interim care order hearings, and fact finding hearings (including as junior counsel in a multi-day hearing).

Lauren has been commended in her family work on her successful efforts helping to resolve matters which seem intractable.

HOUSING

Lauren accepts instructions on behalf of both landlords and tenants. She has experience in cases involving possession, mental health, homelessness, disrepair, disputes relating to rent arrears, and domestic violence.

CIVIL

Lauren advises and acts in a wide variety of civil law disputes, including landlord & tenant, company, commercial, negligence, contracts, and consumer credit.

EDUCATION
  • BSc (1st Hons equivalent): Stanford University, California
  • PPP degree curriculum: Magdalen College, University of Oxford
  • GDL, LLB and BPTC: BPP Law School
  • Lord Lowry (major) Scholarship: Middle Temple (2014)
  • Harmsworth Entrance Exhibition: Middle Temple (2014)
  • Commended National Merit and Advanced Placement Scholar
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • Family Lawyers Bar Association
  • Bar Pro Bono Unit