Ms Laura Gooding > Chambers of Bill Braithwaite QC > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Bill Braithwaite QC
Exchange Chambers
M3 3NW

Work Department

Personal Injury; Employment


Laura specialises in all aspects of personal injury work, acting for both claimants and defendants in a wide range of fast track and multi-track cases. She has considerable experience of undertaking claims arising out of road traffic accidents, occupier’s liability, highway tripping claims and claims brought under the Animals Act. She also has experience in the field of employers’ liability, in particular involving accidents at work, industrial disease and occupational health, including stress and harassment. Laura has experience in cases before the Coroner’s Court and also has particular expertise in medium to high value CICA Applications.

Laura is also a specialist employment advocate and she is highly experienced in claims involving unfair / wrongful dismissal; discrimination, harassment and victimisation; TUPE; whistleblowing; equal pay; and holiday / wages issues.


Called 2001


  • Northern Circuit
  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • Employment Law Bar Association
  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • Industrial Law Society
  • Association of Lawyers for Animal Welfare


  • BA Philosophy & Theology, Mansfield College, University of Oxford (1999)
  • CPE Law, City University (2000)
  • Bar Vocational Course, Inns of Court School of Law (2001)


Away from work, Laura enjoys outdoor pursuits such as running, walking, skiing and climbing.
Laura ran the Liverpool Marathon raising funds for charity in 2011 and successfully climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania 2009.
Since her undergraduate studies Laura has retained a keen interest in animal ethics and has been appointed as a Fellow of the Oxford University Animal Ethics Society.

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Personal injury

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Laura GoodingExchange ChambersLaura is extremely approachable and able to provide advice which is easily digestible and clear. She has a good awareness of commerciality of claims when advising.

Exchange Chambers offer a ‘wealth of experience‘ and a ‘full range of the best technical specialists‘ for personal injury work. Bill Braithwaite QC is a ‘star‘ and has a claimant-only practice focussing on claims involving catastrophic brain and spine injury. Gerard Martin QC and Louis Browne QC are also highly experienced in handling brain and spine injury claims. Laura Gooding and Christopher Barnes QC have particular expertise in military claims that involve personal injury.  Catherine Knowles who primarily represents defendants in high-value multi-track claims.