Lauren MacDougal

Lauren completed a Degree in Business Management at Aston University before completing her GDL and LPC at BPP in Manchester. She has been with Galbraith Branley since 2010 starting as a paralegal and qualifying as a Solicitor in 2012.

Lauren has been head of the youth court team for over 5 years and is a highly regarded advocate in the field. She is also a Duty Solicitor and Higher Court Advocate and represents clients in the police station, magistrates’ court and Crown Court, including at the Old Bailey.

She has specialised in representing young people throughout her career and is extremely passionate in advocating for her clients.

She has a proven track record of successfully defending trials including joint enterprise, sexual offences and robbery cases. Her fearless approach to defending and attention to detail ensures each client receives a quality bespoke service.

Lauren has successfully opposed numerous orders including Criminal Behaviour Orders and Football Banning Orders.

Her experience includes defending a wide range of serious and complex cases such as attempted murder, firearms, conspiracy, aggravated burglary and numerous sexual offences.

She has successfully appealed decisions from both the Magistrates and Crown Courts.

Lauren has been invited to be a guest contributor to Youth Justice Legal Centre to help analyse and comment upon the latest developments in youth justice law.

Notable cases that Lauren has been involved in defending include:

  • R v E – multi-handed million pound drug conspiracy involving class A drugs with a cross jurisdiction element – only client to be acquitted.
  • R v B –firearm case – firearm found at home address, evidence of gang involvement produced by the prosecution – client acquitted.
  • R v H – representing a client in a high profile conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary case, only client to remain on bail throughout the proceedings.
  • R v P – S18 GBH – defendant with mental health issues – hybrid order overturned on appeal and hospital order substituted.
  • R v P – successful legal argument to exclude identification evidence which prompted the prosecution to offer no evidence.
  • R v B & D – multi handed youth robbery – represented multiple clients in the same trial – all acquitted.
  • R v B – youth found in possession of a knife, acquitted at trial after a successful defence of good reason was put forward.

“Lauren McDougall represented me in my case and was both extremely professional and helpful from beginning to end. I would like to thank Lauren for all of her efforts. She is impressive!”

“I am thankful that … recommended me to your firm. I cannot thank you enough for all your help.”

“I would like to say thank you to Lauren McDougall, Rumit Shah and Ross Johnson for all the help I have received during my Court case. It has had a good outcome.”

“I would like to say from day one all staff have been excellent. Treated my son with utmost respect which has resulted in him having more respect for himself and reviving the past made him understand the impact on his life. Lauren was excellent in Court, never giving anyone false hope whilst knowing it was likely to be dismissed. Very professional. I would recommend your firm and Lauren.”

“I express my sincere gratitude for all you have done to achieve this outcome on my behalf. Your professionalism, which was appropriately balanced with sensitivity and care during the entire process, was greatly appreciated.”

“I have been to so many different solicitors regarding visas, divorce procedures etc but the service that I have received from Galbraith Branley is outstanding.”

“Your level of service is so good it needs no improvement. Thank you for all your help.”

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