Bachelor of Law (LLB)
Solicitor (with commendation)
- Legal Secretary, Tilly Bailey & Irvine - 2013 to 2014
- Legal Assistant, Tilly Bailey & Irvine- 2014 to 2015
- Trainee Solicitor, Tilly Bailey & Irvine - 2015 to July 2017
- Solicitor Criminal Dept. - Tilly Bailey & Irvine - July 2017 to present
Experience and Expertise:
After leaving university I had a couple of years out and travelled the world. It was always my intention to qualify as a solicitor. I joined Tilly Bailey & Irvine and with them I qualified as a solicitor. I have worked for a number of years as assistant to John Ellwood in the private criminal defence team. I am an advocate and have substantial experience in defending private clients both in the Magistrates Court and the Crown Court. I will shortly obtain my Higher Rights in order for me to appear in the Crown Court.
Views Of Others:
John Ellwood – “I have worked as a solicitor for over 30 years and during that time I have seen many solicitors come and go. Laura is the best young solicitor I have ever seen.”
Peter Makepeace QC - Dere Street Barristers – “In light of the decision of the single judge of the Court of Appeal vis a vis the sentence appeal, my role in proceedings in R v Dack is now concluded, at least foreseeably. I have waited until the case was concluded before taking the opportunity of writing to you in reference to Laura Zielinski and her participation in the case.
As you know better than anyone her help and assistance to me from the earliest stages of case preparation was invaluable. From the site visit, in which her local knowledge combined with encyclopaedic familiarity with the evidence were indispensable in allowing me to understand the nuances of the Crown’s case and the potential pitfalls in our own, through to the post-conviction conference in which she diligently applied herself with calm professionalism at a difficult time.
In case conferences with the client her efficient martialling of the issues and the material pertaining to them put us both to shame. This contributed, I have no doubt, to the gaining of the client’s confidence and his assurance that he was supported by a strong team effort. Her manner with lay clients is really impressive and she has a sensitive but firm professional approach with just the right mix of gravitas and lightness of touch.
At trial, day after a very long day, Laura sustained us both with unfailing support, practicable and moral. She demonstrated a real efficiency of effort, crucial in managing large complex trials, such that she could absorb challenging new material sufficient to allow the taking of detailed instructions almost as fast as the Crown could throw that seemingly endless supply of material at us. She was never phased, never wrong footed and unfailingly a pleasure to worth with no matter how difficult the tasks she was given to do at extremely short notice and under substantial pressure. Her work effort was second to none.
In team meetings and case planning, both prior to trial and in the heat of litigation Laura repeatedly displayed sound judgement and that rare commodity, good natural instincts. She has a real feel for the impact of decisions made and a clear sighted appreciation of the myriad potential consequences tactical decision making can have. She displayed keen foresight throughout, such that her views and opinions and decisions, that I was ultimately responsible for, was of great importance and assistance to me.
In short Laura was an absolute pleasure to work with and a very substantial asset to our team. I am very grateful for her.”
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Why law as a career?
I first studied Law in 2008 at college and I fell in love with the subject. I thrive in learning how the English Legal System operates and the way in which law can adapt to an ever-changing society. I can honestly say that I have never had the same day twice whilst working in the Criminal Department and I thoroughly enjoy the variety of the work.
Hobbies and interests
I enjoy cooking, travelling and socialising with my friends and family.