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Laura Donnelly

Associate Solicitor

Laura Middleton Associate Solicitor

“I advise employers and employees on a wide range of employment issues. I enjoy complicated discrimination cases, particularly disability discrimination and pregnancy and maternity issues.”


I am an experienced Employment Law solicitor based at our Brighton and Haywards Heath offices. I assist both employers and employees with all employment issues. I was described by the Legal 500 as “exceptional” and a Rising Star in the South-East.


I have particular expertise in:


My employer clients include local and national businesses and charities. I represent a full range of employees from junior level up to senior executives, directors and shareholders. I work hard to achieve the best possible outcomes for my clients. I work on cases funded by legal expenses insurance as well as those that are privately funded.

I am also involved in providing pro-bono work for charities and voluntary organisations through our community engagement programme.


I graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a 2:1 in 2008. After a year of working as a paralegal I completed the Legal Practice Course at the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice, graduating with a Distinction. I qualified as a Solicitor in September 2012.

I am a member of the Employment Lawyer’s Association.

Other experience

Before joining Martin Searle Solicitors as a specialist employment lawyer, I worked for a commercial firm where I also practiced in property law.

I have volunteered at the Citizens Advice Bureau, providing initial advice to members of the community in relation to employment, housing and debt problems.

I have a life too

In my spare time enjoy going for long walks and bike rides. I am also a big foodie and enjoy cooking. My favourite sport is skiing when I have the opportunity to go.

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