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.

In 2024 Laura will be presenting a webinar for family lawyers:-

Conduct in Financial Remedy Proceedings – A Guide to the Court’s Approach – Webinar – Available to view from Tuesday 8th October


I have just completed a divorce and a financial settlement, and I can't thank Laura Martin-Read enough. She provided great advice, was very supportive and she kept me up-to-date with developments. Her knowledge of Financial Remedy cases is first class. If you need an excellent solicitor for a financial remedy case, look no further than Laura Martin-Read at Machins.
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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

Changes in the Family Procedure Rules steer parties away from the court room and towards non-court dispute resolution.   

From 29th April 2024, there are significant changes to the Family Procedure Rules, promoting the court’s powers to encourage parties to attend non-court dispute resolution at every stage in proceedings, for matters involving children and/or a financial dispute.     The court will require parties to file and serve Form FM5, setting out their views on

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

Child arrangements for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is a special day to be enjoyed with children and family however unfortunately the day can be difficult for some fathers who are unable to spend the day with their child. Whilst it is hoped that most separated parents would be able to agree the arrangements for special dates such as Father’s/Mother’s Day,

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