He started his career in 2003 with regional newspapers in London and later in Brighton. He helped his first paper to national awards with his editing of the coverage of July 2005 London bombings and picked up nominations and prizes for his investigations at The Argus, Brighton.
In 2009, he moved to Kosovo to work for Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, where he edited its English-language newspaper Prishtina Insight and launched a new investigative journalism portal, Gazeta Jeta ne Kosove.
In 2010 and 2011, he won best anti-corruption investigation of the year at awards organised by the UN Development Programme in Kosovo.
Lawrence is the author of the Follow the Paper Trail, a guide to document-based investigative journalism in Kosovo and is currently penning another manual, this time aimed at Albanian reporters.
Since 2013, he has focussed on building and training cross-border teams of journalists for BIRN. Their stories have provoked criminal proceedings, caused political tremors and been reproduced in leading publications across the world.