About Laura

Laura graduated from Keele University in Law with Mathematics in 2008 and obtained a distinction in the Legal Practice Course at the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice thereafter. She completed her training contract at a local firm in Bedfordshire and qualified as a solicitor in 2013.

Laura has specialised in family law since qualification and has previously led a team of divorce and finance specialists in the Milton Keynes branch of a large national family law specialist firm. She joined Machins as a Senior Associate Solicitor in September 2023.

Laura predominantly deals with divorce and financial settlements and has dealt with cases ranging from low to high net worth matters for a variety of clients.  She also regularly advises clients in relation to children matters arising from parents separating.  She takes a pragmatic and sensible approach, and prides herself on giving no-nonsense advice while remaining empathetic to every client’s individual needs.   Laura is regularly contacted by friends or family members of previous clients who have recommended her which is a testament to the outcomes she achieves and her cost-conscious approach.

Laura is a committed member of Resolution, an organisation which promotes the need for a practical and non-confrontational approach in all Family matters.  She is also accredited as a Specialist Family Lawyer by Resolution in both Complex Financial Remedy cases (low to medium net worth) and Private Law Children cases.

Latest news by Laura Martin-Read

Successful application for termination of Parental Responsibility

Termination of Parental Responsibility is rarely made by the Court and only ever in exceptional circumstances. Following a recent private family law case acting for a mother who successfully obtained a termination of Parental Responsibility order to end the father’s Parental Responsibility, we asked Laura Martin-Read, Senior Associate Solicitor to explain what Parental Responsibility is

Spring Budget – Key highlights for businesses

Jeremy Hunt delivered his Spring Budget on 6 March, and it will probably be his last major fiscal announcement ahead of this year’s anticipated general election. With a focus on reducing tax for the working population and helping parents, there were several announcements in the Budget that affect businesses and employees which I consider and

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