Soraya Lawrence

  • Year of Call 1999

Soraya is regularly instructed in serious and complex cases that attract media attention, both as leading and junior defence counsel. “Gives a 100% and doesn’t miss a single detail”.

Career Overview

Soraya’s practice includes murder, manslaughter, largescale drug conspiracies, fraud, money laundering and confiscation proceedings. She has considerable experience in serious sexual offences and the cross examination of children and vulnerable witnesses.

She is renowned for her client care and attention to detail. She is particularly skilled in handling expert witnesses.

Areas of Expertise

Soraya accepts regular instructions in the following areas:

  • General Crime;
  • Financial Crime;
  • Sexual Offences;

Her practice also includes inquests and prison law.

Notable Cases

R v Arshid - Murder

Murder involving body in a freezer Central Criminal Court 2018 - More information here

R v Queen and others

Prison mutiny Birmingham Crown Court 2018 - More information here

R v Dikanda and others - Murder

Murder of black male model Central Criminal Court 2018 - More information here

R v Lucy Casey and another - Murder

Murder Central Criminal Court 2018 - More information here

R v Joseph and others - Kidnap

Multi-handed conspiracy to kidnap and cause GBH Harrow Crown Court 2018

R v Brownlee and others

Leading in multi-handed conspiracy to cause GBH - St Alban’s Crown Court 201

Other Information

Soraya is fluent in Italian, Spanish and French.

She is a pupil supervisor.

She was a legal advisor to the BBC during the making of Rillington Place.


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