Laura Kathryn Thompson

Senior Knowledge Lawyer

Laura focuses on patent litigation.

 Laura has spent many years at major IP firms litigating patent disputes, usually involving co-ordination in multi-national proceedings, particularly in the USA, Europe and Far East, and in a range of industries including high-tech/ICT, life sciences, and mechanical engineering.

Laura is involved in providing client-facing and internal training and writes for various publications and client updates, as well as being a sounding board and advising other lawyers in the team. After spending around 12 years conducting patent litigation, she moved to a global publishing company, writing and editing patent and life sciences law and news materials online and in print, and worked on various other product developments within the business while being involved in customer visits and maintaining commissioned author relationships. She joined the firm in 2016.



Solicitor, England and Wales, 2001


Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice, Bristol University, 2002-2003

Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC), College of Law, 1998-1999

MA Law, Cambridge University, 1995-1998

A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.