Yes I hard pruned my enormous cherry laurel back to very low down about 1- 2yrs ago. Now it's already a nice, sensible, sized shrub again that I shant let get as big again!
Daughter is in the proccess of buying her first house with quite a mature garden. Luckily she will seek my advice, for what it's worth, about any shrubs/plants she inherits. I have the phone number of a good reliable tree surgeon that I've used regularly over the yrs & he actually lives closer to where her house is situated than to mine! J.