Lara graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Environmental Policy and Management. She also holds an Advanced Master of Laws in European and International Human Rights Law from Leiden University in The Netherlands. She worked as the Tipstaff to the Honourable Chief Justice Kourak is of the Supreme Court of South Australia in 2018 and was admitted to practice as a solicitor on 18 June 2018.Lara appeared in Australasian Lawyers Rising Star List for 2021 and was a Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Awards Finalist in the area of Environment, Planning and Native Title.
Lara has been an Associate in the Sydney office at JWS since February 2019. She works in the environment and planning team to advise major Australian and international resources companies, developers and infrastructure providers on planning and property development, regulatory approvals and licencing, government policy, as well as environmental compliance, assessment of project risks and environment and planning due diligence. She is building an expertise in ESG related work, including expanding the pro bono practice and assisting in commercial litigation and modern slavery law obligations. She is passionate about strategic litigation trends, particularly the convergence of international human rights law with environmental law.