Lauren Soertsz > Doughty Street Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Doughty Street Chambers
Doughty Street Chambers

Work Department

Criminal Law and Appeals


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.


Called: 1987; Middle Temple.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Lauren SoertszDoughty Street ChambersLauren is extremely thorough when preparing cases and is very good with all different types of clients. She is able to adapt well depending on the case at hand . She has a very calming effect on clients even when they are charged with the most serious of offences and when they are not particularly easy to deal with. As well as working hard behind the scenes, Lauren is excellent on her feet in court.