Louise Straw > Burton Copeland LLP > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

Burton Copeland LLP
M40 5AG

Work Department

General crime and professional discipline.


Louise is the current Managing Partner of the firm and also heads the Crown Court Department. She specialises in all areas of crime and regulatory law. Preparation of serious crown court cases, especially historical sexual offences. Regularly instructed by trade unions and professional bodies to represent members in criminal investigations, disciplinary proceedings and inquests.


Pupillage with David Turner QC, Liverpool; sat solicitors transfer exams 1996; partner Burton Copeland 1997. Holds Certificate of Higher Rights (Criminal Advocacy).


The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn
Past President – Manchester Law Society
Council member of Manchester Law Society.
Chair of the Legal Education Committee  – Manchester Law Society


Ilkeston Grammar School; Liverpool University (1986 LLB Hons); Council of Legal Education (1987 Bar School).

Lawyer Rankings

North West > Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general

(Leading individuals)

Louise StrawBurton Copeland LLP

Burton Copeland LLP handles work across the full spectrum of criminal law, from serious and organised crime to road traffic offences. Its road traffic department deals with cases ranging from routine offences to death by dangerous driving. The team acts for the Police Federation and handles investigations and proceedings against members of the medical profession. Louise Straw is noted for her expertise in sexual abuse and historic sexual assault cases. She jointly heads the practice with Gwyn Lewis and Daniel Weed, who focuses on representing police officers. Michael Mackey is also noted.