Skip to content

Laura Hobey-Hamsher


Laura is a partner in our Public Law and Human Rights team. For well over a decade, she has been known for her contentious and non-contentious work acting for, and advising in, cases concerning individuals made vulnerable because of a lack of mental capacity, physical ill health, or mental ill health. 

Recognised in both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 since 2012, Laura has a wealth of experience in cases brought under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 concerning the health and welfare, property and financial affairs, and medical treatment of individuals. 

Her work also encompasses numerous other specialist areas, including cases brought under – or concerning – the Children Act 1989, the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court, the Care Act 2014, the Mental Health Act 1983, and professional and regulatory frameworks. 

In her broad practice, Laura regularly advises private individuals, the Official Solicitor, and charitable and commercial organisations, in national and cross-border disputes, amongst others. She is regularly invited to speak at seminars and conferences, and has provided advice and training to legal, medical, and social work professionals, as well as NGOs, charities, and campaigning organisations.

Laura has acted in many high profile and significant Court of Protection cases, many of which have featured in both the national and international media. Known equally however for her sensitive and discreet approach, over the years, many well-known individuals and household names have benefited from Laura’s renowned ability to ensure that their cases are kept out of the public domain.

Education and career
  • Laura qualified in 2008
  • She moved to Bindmans LLP in 2014, and was made partner in 2021
  • Re SK [2012] EWHC 1990
Chambers and Partners UK 2024
  • Laura is ranked Band 1 in Court of Protection: Health & Welfare.
  • Feedback says, ‘Laura is the best in the country. She is extremely experienced and very good at anticipating what courts need. Her advice is always very thorough.’
  • ‘Laura is recognised as a leading solicitor in the field. Her judgement on things is outstanding.’
  • Laura is also ranked Band 2 in Mental Health: Patients.
  • Clients say, ‘Laura is exceptionally good at handling cases.’
Legal 500 2024
  • Laura is ranked as a ‘Leading Individual’ in Court of Protection.
  • Feedback acknowledges, ‘Laura Hobey-Hamsher is outstanding. She is also appointed as agent in Serious Medical treatment cases where she will meet with and liaise with the client at very short notice and convey their wishes and feelings to the court. She is smart, funny and a joy to work with’.
Chambers and Partners UK 2023
  • Laura is ranked Band 1 in Court of Protection: Health & Welfare
  • Laura is recognised as a ‘Leading Individual’ in Court of Protection. Feedback states “she is one of the leading solicitors in this field. She is very dedicated to achieving the best outcome for her clients and always gets results”
  • “Laura Hobey-Hamsher is an absolute joy to work with and a terrific lawyer. She is incredibly experienced and takes a no-nonsense compassionate approach to her work”
  • “Laura Hobey-Hamshere is a star in the Court of Protection world. She is regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor and has a deep understanding of this area of law and the difficulties faced by those who lack mental capacity. Will Whitaker stands out as a very capable CoP solicitor”
  • “Laura Hobey-Hamsher is outstanding. A true class act who combines excellent client care skills with the knack of knowing what a judge will decide”
  • Feedback describes her as “the best COP solicitor in the UK”
  • “Laura Hobey-Hamsher. Vastly experienced, compassionate, professional and a dream solicitor to work with”
Professional memberships
  • Laura is an accredited member of the Law Society’s Mental Capacity (Welfare) Accreditation Scheme