Laura Shepherd > Chambers of Ruth Henke KC > Cardiff, Wales > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Ruth Henke KC
30 Park Place Chambers
CF10 3BS

Work Department


Laura became a tenant at 30 Park Place in 2017 following successful completion of her pupillage where she expanded her knowledge and gained experience across all of Chambers’ practice areas.

Since becoming a tenant, Laura has developed a busy Criminal, Civil and Public Law practice.

As part of her criminal practice, Laura regularly appears in the Crown Court, Magistrates’ Court and Youth Court. She prosecutes regularly for the CPS and her ability has also been recognised in her approval as a Level 2 Crown Prosecution Service Advocate Panel advocate after just over a year since being taken on as a tenant. Laura is also happy to accept instructions in respect of Local Authority prosecutions for licensing, planning, and enforcement matters.

Laura has experience in a wide range of cases including sexual offences, violent and public order offences, drugs, dishonesty and fraud offences and Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 proceedings.

As part of her Civil Practice Laura regularly represents both Claimants and Defendants in Small Claims and Fast Track Trials, CCMCs, and applications.

Her Public Law practice is rapidly developing particularly in the areas of Licensing, Education, Court of Protection, and Immigration.

After having studied English at Oxford University Laura went on to study for the GDL and Bar Course in Birmingham.  Whilst studying for the GDL Laura volunteered for the Citizens’ Advice Bureau, advising clients across a wide range of topics including debt, housing and benefits. This experience gave Laura the opportunity to hone her skills in advising members of the public, and particularly in dealing with vulnerable people.


  • Institute of Licensing
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • UK Environmental Law Association


  • Degree – English Language and Literature, 2:1, Oxford University (2013)
  • Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), University of Law, Birmingham – Commendation (2015)
  • Bar Practice Training Course (BPTC), University of Law, Birmingham – Very Competent (2016)

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Wales and Chester Circuit > Education

(Rising stars)Ranked: Tier 1

Laura Shepherd – 30 Park Place Chambers ‘An approachable junior who sets out advice clearly.’

Regional Bar > Wales and Chester Circuit > Court of Protection and community care

(Rising stars)Ranked: Tier 1

Laura Shepherd30 Park Place ChambersLaura’s advice is measured, well prepared and thorough. Her knowledge is extensive and impressive.’

30 Park Place Chambers ‘is the best Court of Protection and community care set in Wales‘. Headed by the ‘persuasive advocateRebecca Harrington, the team is well known for representing protected parties, local authorities, family members and health boards in financial and welfare disputes. The set reports an increase in instructions relating to medical treatment. Rhian Jones  is ‘energetic and enthusiastic and a tough advocate‘, and her practice often involves deprivation of liberty cases. The ‘knowledgeable and efficientNia Gowman regularly acts in matters concerning the Mental Capacity Act, and her workload includes decisions about care, residence, medical treatment, marriage and sexual relations. Laura Shepherd   ‘routinely demonstrates excellent analytical skills and sound judgement‘.