Laura Livingstone

Partner, Head of Employment

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I am a partner and head of employment at Gordon Dadds. I have 24 years qualification experience in employment law. My expertise lies in the luxury retail, media, IT and architectural sectors.

Over my career, I have dealt with all aspects of employment law within these fields, including a restructuring of Shoe Studio group following the sale out of administration. I spend 100% of my time dealing with employment matters.

I am passionate about sport, both as a spectator and a participator; I play lacrosse for West London Women’s Club and I am a season ticket holder for Harlequins Rugby Club.

BA History (Bristol)
Postgraduate Diploma Law/Common
Postgraduate Examination (CPE) (University of West London)
Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice/Legal Practice Course (LPC) (College of Law London)

What is your most interesting legal experience?

I was once asked to be stand-in general counsel for Toyota for three months whilst general counsel went on a business trip to Japan. This gave me a great insight into all aspects of Toyota’s business.

What is your best legal anecdote?

Meeting Ridley Scott for the first time in his office in Soho. Trying to hold a conversation about a tricky employment law issue and answer all his questions, whilst being surrounded by fascinating trinkets from his films, was a real challenge!

Davenport Lyons, Partner

Taylor Wessing, Associate

Bristol University, BA (Hons) History

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The Legal 500 – listed in Employment: Senior Executives in the 2016, 2017 and 2018, described as leading “the 'highly commercial’ team at Gordon Dadds LLP” and in Employment: Employers in 2017.

Super Lawyers UK (part of Thomson Reuters) – recognised as a London Super Lawyer in 2015.

"The day after I was told that I was going to be made redundant, Laura, on a friend's recommendation, took on my case. The combination of her empathy, her toughness (concealed and only brought out when needed), her understanding of the finer details of employment law and her willingness to burn the midnight oil on my behalf meant that I could stop fretting, while she entered into negotiations with the company. They didn't know what had hit them once she got into her stride and the outcome for me has been more positive that I could ever have imagined. I heartily recommend her. Thank you Laura."

"Laura, acting for me in an employment-related matter, did not simply provide sterling - and successful - legal service, she also provided wise counsel, constructive advice and continual moral support beyond any expectation I could have had. I was able to hand over the day-to-day negotiations to her with complete confidence that she was giving them her best attention, fighting my corner and reporting back to  me regularly and without delay. She was reachable and accessible to me at any time, regardless of the hour and with endless patience (and good humour). To anyone seeking a superlative employment lawyer, I would recommend Laura without hesitation."


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