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Louise Straw

Louise Straw

Director, Managing Partner & Supervising Solicitor

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 National Fostering Network in respect of both criminal offences and referrals to the Disclosure and Barring Service, including appeals to the Administrative Tribunal ; 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 H (Nottingham)– Foster Carer acquitted of allegations of neglect upon three foster children

  • R v G (Merthyr Tydfil)– Foster Carer acquitted or sexual assault upon foster child in their care

  • R V P – Appeal to the Court of Appeal in relation to the sentencing of adult offenders for offences committed as a children

  • M v Disclosure and Barring Service – leave to appeal granted by the Upper Tribunal against inclusion on the List after a period of 25 years without further offending

  • R v T & W: (Preston) Members of the Salvation Army accused of historical sexual abuse.

  • R v D (Bradford) Vicar acquitted of historic sexual offences.

  • R v T (Warwick) Care worker acquitted of historic sexual abuse.

  • R v R (Birmingham) Retired De La Salle Brother acquitted of offences of alleged historic sexual offences.

  • R v J: (Manchester) Student at the Royal National College of Music acquitted in relation to an allegation of rape.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • R v O : Stalker of David Beckham.

  • 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

Louise Straw: Testimonials

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