Lawrence first worked for BIRN in 2009, when he edited its English-language newspaper, Prishtina Insight and launched a new investigative journalism portal, Gazeta Jeta ne Kosove.
Lawrence is also the author of three investigative journalism manuals for BIRN Kosovo and Albania.
Since 2013, he has focused on building and training cross-border teams of journalists, which have investigated issues such as how suspected payments in the Balkans contributed to the collapse of one of Austria’s biggest construction firms and the illicit flow of billions of euros of weaponry from Central and Eastern Europe into Syria.
These investigations were published as part of international collaborations with the likes of The Guardian and the BBC in London, Süddeutsche Zeitung in Munich and Datum of Vienna. The stories have led to criminal proceedings, caused political tremors and been reproduced in leading publications across the world.
He started his career in 2003 with regional newspapers in London, and later in Brighton. He helped his first paper win national awards with his editing of the coverage of the July 2005 London bombings and picked up nominations and prizes for his investigations at The Argus, Brighton.
In 2010 and 2011, he won best anti-corruption investigation of the year at awards organised by the UN Development Programme in Kosovo.
In 2017, The Making a Killing series, which delved into the illicit flow of weapons from the Balkans to the Middle East, was a runner-up in the prestigious Global Shining Light award and joint first-place in Serbia’s Excellence in Investigative Journalism award in 2017.
Lawrence graduated from the London School of Economics. He speaks English, French and a little Albanian and Arabic.