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Laura Smallwood

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Called to the Bar

1987 Middle Temple

Practice Areas



Cambridge University, Queens’ College, MA (Classics)
City University, Diploma in Law
Inns of Court School of Law, The Bar Examination
Middle Temple Benefactors Scholarship


Laura practised in London and then at Guildford Chambers, predominantly in landlord and tenant and property-related matters such as easements and boundary disputes, before taking a break from the Bar. During this time she was a pro-bono advisor to an agricultural charity, and an assistant commissioner for the Boundary Commission for England. Since 2014 she has sat on the Independent Agricultural Appeals Panel, hearing appeals against decisions of the Rural Payments Agency and Natural England in relation to the Basic Payment Scheme and agri-environment schemes under the EU Common Agricultural Policy.



Further information


  • Member of the Independent Agricultural Appeals Panel.
  • Assistant Commissioner for the Boundary Commission for England in the 2018 Review of parliamentary constituencies.


Away from work she has a keen interest in rural matters and breeds pedigree Ryeland sheep.