After many years of trial and appellate advocacy experience at the Canadian Bar (Alberta Bar 1983), Laura Hoyano has developed a high-profile academic career at the University of Oxford. She has an international reputation for her academic research in all criminal, civil and human rights aspects of child abuse and child sexual exploitation and trafficking cases, and the handling of vulnerable witnesses. She has lectured on these topics over many years before for the Criminal Bar Association, Judicial Studies Board, Family Justice Council, Old Bailey Mess and Middle Temple, as well as internationally. She is frequently sought as an expert commentator by British and international media. She has carried out research commissioned by the Home Office, Ministry of Justice and the Scottish Government, as well as by foreign inquiries into sexual offences and child abuse. She now practices as a barrister in those fields.
Her practice at the Canadian Bar was wide-ranging: she handled complex commercial and insurance cases including fraud, tort, contract and compulsory appropriation. She had a substantial trial and appellate practice with many reported judgments.
Her expertise in criminal and civil issues vaulting across juridical boundaries, and across practice and academic research, makes her adept in developing lateral and creative strategies.
Because of her acknowledged expertise Laura is frequently interviewed in the media on child complaint issues. As a result, she is often contacted directly by persons seeking legal advice or representation. Unfortunately, Laura is not permitted to accept instructions or offer legal advice other than through a solicitor: she is not a Direct Access practitioner. Any enquires should be referred to Chambers clerks.
Principal scholarships and awards include:
Inner Temple Book Prize 2008 for Hoyano & Keenan, Child Abuse Law and Policy across Boundaries (2007)
Viscount Bennett National Fellowship (Canadian Bar Association), funding postgraduate studies in Oxford
Jenkyns Prize, Balliol College
Horace Harvey Gold Medal in Law for the highest degree results across the three years of the JD, (Alberta)
Criminal Bar Association
Middle Temple: member of the Equality, Diversity and Social Mobility Committee, Education Committee
South Eastern Circuit Access to Justice Working Party (Chair of the Human Rights sub-group)
South Eastern Circuit
Oxford University Bar Society (Senior Member)
Society of Legal Scholars
Wadham College Law Society
Younger Society (Balliol College Oxford)
Previously: Canadian Bar Association
BCL (Balliol College, Oxford, First Class
JD (First Class) (Alberta)
MA (Mediaeval History) (Alberta)
BA Hons History (First Class, four year degree) (Alberta)