Laura Nightingale, Nightingale Johnston
LLB, BSSC(CRIM), GDLP, ADVDIPPS(POL.INV), DIP POL
Laura has 18 years working in the criminal justice system as a former NSW police officer and lawyer in Queensland. Having achieved the rank of Detective Senior Sergeant in the NSW Police Force Laura was a successful police prosecutor and detective. Laura has experience in investigating serious criminal offences such as murder, rape, robberies and assaults which has provided her with extensive knowledge in relation to police investigations and methodology. This provides her clients with a unique edge in relation to scrutinising evidence against them.
As a prosecutor, Laura has prosecuted high-profile and complex matters. Mainly working within Western Sydney during her prosecuting career, Laura has extensive advocacy experience appearing in the Magistrates, Children’s, District and Supreme Courts. Laura has appeared in trials, bail applications, sentences, mentions and associated applications. Her last position with the NSW Police Force was as the state-wide Legal Consultant for domestic and family violence.
Laura has a passion for working with victims of domestic violence and has made it her mission to advocate for those who have experienced domestic violence. Not only has she represented victims of domestic violence but being a former police officer, she has been on the frontline of having witnessed the detrimental effects that it can have on families. She was also a part of the National Domestic Violence Order Scheme and has contributed to the drafting of legislation and policies in relation to domestic violence in NSW. She is determined to see significant change in Queensland in relation to the prevention and responses to domestic violence.
Since arriving in Queensland Laura has worked for two law firms on the Sunshine Coast and has appeared in various Magistrates courts across South-East Queensland including the District and Supreme Courts. Laura is currently completing a Masters in Applied Law (Family Law).