Laura Coyle

Partner, Head of Housing Team

Laura is a Partner within the firm and head of the Housing team. She has extensive experience of acting for tenants in defending possession and injunction proceedings, as well as bringing disrepair actions and in conducting complex homelessness cases involving judicial review applications and County Court appeals.

She has particular experience of helping vulnerable disabled people defending possession or injunction proceedings by using the provisions of the Equality Act 2010. This included the case of Hastoe Housing Association Ltd v NB2 in the Oxford County Court, in which the landlord’s application for an injunction against a vulnerable disabled tenant was dismissed and the tenant was awarded his costs.

Laura graduated from Cambridge University in 1997 with a degree in History. She made the decision to become a housing solicitor after developing a passion for helping those in housing need as a local authority councillor in North London and as a volunteer for the Citizens’ Advice Bureau. She completed her training contract with Dowse and Co., a legal aid firm in Dalston, East London, and qualified in 2008. She then went on to work at Fisher Meredith Solicitors before joining Turpin Miller in 2012. She became head of the Housing team in 2018 and a Partner in the firm in 2022.

Laura is a passionate advocate for improving the rights of tenants and tackling homelessness. She has addressed the Oxford City Council Chamber regarding the closure of a local homelessness hostel and was a director of a small Almshouse Trust in Newbury for a number of years.

Laura is a member of the executive committee of the Housing Law Practitioners Association and a local authority Councillor in West Berkshire.