Laws was part of Brian Clough's successful Nottingham Forest team for six seasons, playing mainly as right full-back. He is sometimes credited as Forest's second-best right-back of all time behind regular England international Viv Anderson. During this time he won the League Cup twice and was runner up in the League Cup and FA Cup. Clough's first words to his new signing were "I've never seen you play, son, I'm going on the recommendation of Ronnie Fenton. So if you're crap, Ronnie signed you. If you're good, I signed you.
Forest were relegated from the First Division at the end of the 1992–93 season and Clough retired, a year and a half later and with reduced first team opportunities, Laws left on a free transfer to become player-manager at Grimsby Town.
Brian Laws is currently the manager of Sheffield Wednesday football club he has a wealth of experience in football both as a player and manager. Ex-Wednesday chairman Dave Allen in an interview made upon Brians appointment admitted that he likes Laws because of his Brian Clough management style. He said "I like him, he comes from the Clough camp, I’m a great admirer of the Clough camp". Brian Laws came to Wednesday with over ten years of management experience all mostly coming in the lower leagues. He started his management career at Grimsby Town FC in 1994 but was sacked by the board after a dismal start to the 96/97 season. He was in charge for just under two years. Laws management of Town was successful, but things suddenly deteriorated after he clashed with Grimsby player Ivano Bonnetti. Laws reportedly threw a plate of chicken wings at the player following a 3- 2 defeat at Luton town in February 96. After Laws left Grimsby he had a short spell as a player at Darlington FC before taking charge of Scunthorpe United . At Scunthorpe Laws achieved promotion twice in 99 and 05 respectively. He was bizarrely sacked before being reinstated in March 04 after a poor run in the league. Laws answered his critics by getting the team promoted to League One the following season. Laws was a firm fans' favourite at Scunthorpe and after achieving nearly ten years in charge the team they were sorry to see one of their longest serving managers leave.
|Grimsby Town||November 29 1994||November 1 1996||99||30||41||28||30.30|
|Scunthorpe United||February 24 1997||March 25 2004||389||147||141||101||37.78|
|Scunthorpe United||April 15 2004||November 6 2006||131||55||39||37||41.98|
|Sheffield Wednesday||November 6 2006||Present||87||35||30||22||40.23|