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Chambers of Jonathan Laidlaw QC

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Within Crime, 2 Hare Court (Jonathan Laidlaw QC) is a second tier set,

2 Hare Court is a ‘hugely talented set', with ‘a very strong team of intelligent and professional barristers'. Members recently acted in the Lee Rigby murder; appeared for three separate parties in the phone-hacking trial, including the main defendant; and acted in the Victoria station stabbing case.

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Within Fraud: crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture), 2 Hare Court (Jonathan Laidlaw QC) is a second tier set,

2 Hare Court is an ‘excellent, well-run set', where members handle a range of complex, high-value cases, including Ponzi and MTIC frauds. Jonathan Laidlaw QC acted for the defendant in the well-publicised fake bomb detection devices case.

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Within Health and safety Health and safety - Leading silks

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Within Licensing Licensing - Leading silks

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Within Professional discipline and regulatory law (including police law), 2 Hare Court (Jonathan Laidlaw QC) is a third tier set,

2 Hare Court is ‘perfectly placed to assist with cases involving a combination of proceedings', and has ‘excellent criminal experience'. Stephen Brassington and Marios Lambis, in particular, ‘have huge knowledge of regulatory and disciplinary law and are more than capable of addressing solicitors’ needs in GMC and GDC proceedings as well as other healthcare regulators'.

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Within Set overviews: England and Wales,

2 Hare Court is ‘one of the leading sets for general crime and criminal fraud', and although it retains its strong reputation in these areas, chambers has diversified in recent years, and is now gaining momentum in the regulatory, health and safety, licensing and gaming arenas. In 2013, Jonathan Laidlaw QC succeeded Orlando Pownall QC as head of chambers, both are part of ‘a very strong team of highly intelligent barristers'. Director of Clerking Julian Campbell runs a ‘friendly and helpful' clerks’ room, which ‘always deals with matters efficiently', and ‘can be relied upon to deliver results under pressure'. Director of business development Maurice MacSweeney and senior practice clerk Ben Heaviside are also well respected. Offices in: London

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