Louise Straw

Managing Partner

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Louise initially qualified at the bar and completed her pupillage with David Turner QC at Exchange Chambers in Liverpool.

From there Louise spent over 7 years as a senior crown prosecutor with Greater Manchester Crown Prosecution Service before leaving to join the highly respected team at Burton Copeland.

Louise is the current Managing Partner of the firm and also heads the Crown Court Department and carries a full and varied case load. In addition, her role involves; representing members of the Royal College of Nursing in respect of both criminal and disciplinary matters; the preparation of high profile Crown Court cases including historic sexual offences, murder and drugs and conducting her own advocacy in the magistrates’ court.

She also holds the Higher Court (Criminal Advocacy) qualification.

Louise is a member of The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn and The Law Society. She is a past President of Manchester Law Society and the current Chair of the Legal Education Committee of Manchester Law Society. She is a current Duty Solicitor in Greater Manchester and holds a Criminal Law Solicitors Association (CLSA) qualification.

Notable Cases:

R v P (Nottingham) Doctor charged with multiple assaults on patients.

R v G (Manchester) Allegations of both physical and sexual abuse within a closed community.

R v H (Manchester) Historical sexual abuse

R v J (Manchester) Historical sexual abuse

R v K (Preston) Child neglect

(Manchester) Historical sexual abuse

Police v D (Cumbria) Instructed to act in large scale police investigation into child abuse at Care Homes

R v O'C (Liverpool) & R v C (Chester) Instructed by defendants both accused of rape and having been referred following recommendations on the daftmoo forum.

The General Pharmaceutical Council v K : Professional disciplinary proceedings.

R (L) v Coroner : For Midland North Shropshire.

R v O : Stalker of David Beckham.

R v N-B : Child abuse.

R v Mark Daley : The BBC undercover reporter who exposed racism in Greater Manchester Police. Link to The Guardian report

R v G : Blackmail of the Rooneys - acquitted

R v S : Allegation of sexual assault - acquitted.

R v W : Murder - acquitted

R v A : Multiple sexual assaults

R v J : Nurse charged with assault of patient - acquitted.

R v P : Nurse charged with assault of patient - acquitted.

R v A : Nurse accused of neglect (represented at both inquest and the NMC) - no findings recorded against client.

R v R : Nurse accused of gross negligence manslaughter - no charges brought.