Barrister profile for UK Bar 2022
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Administrative & Public Law - Scotland (Bar)
Laura-Anne van der Westhuizen is an impressive advocate who operates a broad public law practice drawing on commercial, planning, environmental and human rights expertise. She acts for petitioners and respondents and is also active in prominent public inquiries.
Strengths: "She is very friendly and able to translate complex situations into readable language for the client." "She's very organised, diligent and has good judgement."
Recent work: Continued to represent the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Scotland in the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.
Agriculture & Rural Affairs - Scotland (Bar)
Laura-Anne van der Westhuizen has a wide-ranging civil practice which encompasses environmental, planning and public law. She is adept at dealing with cases concerning rural payment regulations and the Basic Payment Scheme.
Strengths: "She is very able and diligent. She has fine attention to detail and a forensic approach to matters."
Real Estate Litigation - Scotland (Bar)
Laura-Anne van der Westhuizen has become renowned for her skills across a broad range of real estate and associated law, particularly in matters involving overlap with planning and rural property. She acts for individuals, government bodies and companies.
Strengths: "She's very helpful, great at drafting and a pleasure to work with. Nothing ever seems to be too much trouble." "She has a forensic approach to matters and a very calm, persuasive and compelling style of advocacy."
Recent work: Represented the respondent in an appeal to the Inner House of the Court of Session against a decision by the Lands Tribunal varying a title deed condition granting right of access and parking rights, to enable a residential development to proceed.
Commercial Dispute Resolution - Scotland (Bar)
Laura-Anne van der Westhuizen QC's commercial practice focuses on representing the Scottish Government in cases concerning procurement, compulsory purchase and other matters. She has additional experience acting in complex claims arising from a large corporate insolvency.
Strengths: "She provides calm, considered and confident advice." "Laura-Anne has good strategic understanding and is overall very capable."
Recent work: Acted in a contested application for sanction of schemes of arrangement relating to the restructuring of Premier Oil's debt.
Planning & Environment - Scotland (Bar)
Laura-Anne van der Westhuizen represents clients in the public and private sectors in planning and environmental law matters. She is particularly knowledgeable about energy-related planning issues, including those involving the Electricity Act 1989. Her capabilities include public inquiries and judicial reviews.
Strengths: "She has a fine attention to detail and forensic approach to matters." "She provides calm, considered and confident advice." "She is very organised, efficient and knowledgeable."
Recent work: Advised on a petition by a wind farm developer for judicial review of a policy of the Ministry of Defence in connection with safeguarding the Eskdalemuir Seismic Array.