Lauren Soertsz

l.soertsz@doughtystreet.co.uk

Year of Call

1987
Lauren Soertsz
Profile

Described in the Legal 500 (2015) as a “Class Act” and ranked in Chambers and Partners, Lauren is an extremely persuasive advocate, known for her meticulous attention to detail and her willingness to go the extra mile whenever it is required.  With over 25 years in practice, she is highly experienced in all aspects of criminal law.

 

Lauren is regularly instructed in serious and complex crime, and as a leading junior.

 

She is an excellent communicator with a particular aptitude for creating successful working relationships with those whom she represents; her straightforward yet sensitive approach engenders trust in clients and respect from judges and juries alike. Her engaging court style makes her a truly attractive jury advocate.

 

Lauren has extensive experience of representing vulnerable defendants and of cross-examining vulnerable witnesses.

 

Her caseload in the last 12 months has included:

 

  • R v C and others: Conspiracy to steal from renowned museums. A National Crime Agency prosecution of an organised criminal gang, involving complex cell-site evidence. Artefacts worth millions were stolen. 
  • R v H: Historical Rape. An unusually difficult case as all the principal witnesses, including the Defendant, were deaf.
  • R v C:  Rape. An extremely vulnerable  17- year- old accused of raping his younger step-brother.
  • R v K: Fraud. A case involving “Fitness to Plead” issues, where complex character traits of the defendant required particularly deft handling.

 

Current Instructions

Money laundering in the context of a complex “Land Banking” fraud.

 

A high-profile case involving series of sexual assaults on women in South London.

 

A 16 year-old charged together with two others with rape.

Homicide and Related Grave Offences

  • R v Cybula Murder, Leading Junior – The Defendant and one other beat and kicked another to death.
  • R v Hind Murder, Leading Junior -  15 year-old boy and one other beat and kicked a man to death. Cut-throat defence.
  • R v Nessa Murder, Leading Junior – The Defendant killed her former lover with the assistance of her brother.
  • R v Knight Manslaughter, Leading Junior.  Publican charged with the manslaughter of 2 of her own children and a third person who had tried to save the children after the pub had caught fire.

Other Serious Criminal Offences

  • R v H-M-P Conspiracy to Possess Firearms, Leading Junior. Defendant assisted her husband to run a firearm business from prison.
  • R v Green Kidnap and False Imprisonment. Defendant and Publican father accused of kidnapping and falsely imprisoning a male following a robbery at the public house.
  • R v Begum False Imprisonment. Defendant charged with falsely imprisoning over a period of 2 years a young girl who had been put in her care.
  • R v Woodley Sexual Assault. Father charged with sexually assaulting his own daughter who had severe disabilities.
  • R v Macklin Conspiracy to Supply Class ‘A’ Drugs. Defendant accused of being head of an operation to supply high purity cocaine.
  • R v S Doctor charged with child cruelty.
  • R v C Rape. Defendant accused of raping a woman whom he had met via an internet dating site.
  • R v B Rape of a child. Defendant accused of raping his step daughter over a period of 4 years. Historical allegations.
  • R v C Rape/sexual assault. Leading Junior. Multi-complainant and multi allegations of sexual assault. Defendant accused of “grooming” children for sex.
  • R v Kotecha Conspiracies to Supply Class ‘A’ and ‘B’ drugs. Defendant and his brother accused of being the principals in a sophisticated and lucrative drugs operation. Drugs found represented the largest seizure made in Northamptonshire.
  • R v Kisangara Theft from employer.  Defendant was the manager of a post office who over a protracted period stole money from the branch. He  manipulated  the “Horizon” computerised accounting system to conceal his crime.
  • R v Jessa Theft from employer. Defendant was the assistant manager of a post officer who over a protracted period stole money from the branch. He manipulated the “Horizon” computerised accounting system to conceal his crime.
  • R v Worboys Rape/sexual assaults. Led Junior. Black cab driver accused of multiple sexual attacks on passengers.
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