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Chambers of Jonathan Laidlaw QC

TEMPLE, LONDON, EC4Y 7BH, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7353 5324
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Fax 020 7353 0667
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444 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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www.2harecourt.com

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Counsel at the ‘classy2 Hare Court are ‘a cut above’ in the fields of criminal and professional discipline and regulatory law. Solicitors note it has ‘strengthened considerably its private prosecutions’ offering of late; its expertise in the field of health and safety law; and its ‘respected’ experts in the licensing and sport arena. The ‘first-choice’, ‘forward-thinking’ set boasts ‘an impressive range of clever, accomplished counsel’ who ‘instinctively understand the needs of the client’. In recent chambers news, Alison Levitt QC, the founder of Mishcon de Reya LLP’s white collar crime practice, has joined the set, while Narita Bahra QC, Zubair Ahmad QC, and David Whittaker QC took silk in 2019, further strengthening chambers at the senior end. Meanwhile, the junior ranks have been bolstered by the arrival of Merry Van Woodenberg and Nneka Akudolu, formerly of Foundry Chambers and 187 Fleet Street Chambers respectively. Leaving chambers, Andrew Hurst was appointed to the circuit bench. Chambers has a ‘strong’ clerking team which is ‘modern in its outlook’ and ‘recognises that the traditional flow of work is not going to apply in every case’. The team is led by director of clerking Julian Campbell, who is ‘widely recognised as being amongst the best in the business’ and ‘provides an extremely slick and professional service’. All the clerks are ‘attentive, quick’, and ‘efficient in sending through information and truthful regarding availability’. Senior practice clerk Ben Heaviside is an ‘A+ clerk; approachable, reasonable, and accommodating’. The ‘exceptionally efficient, prompt, and friendly’ Tara Shah has moved to Twenty Essex. Offices in: London

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London Bar

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)
Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

2 Hare Court

Financial crime forms a core area of 2 Hare Court's expertise; recent highlights  for its members include Jonathan Kinnear QC successfully representing the Serious Fraud Office in the prosecution of shipping company FH Bertling, including six directors and employees, over an oil project in Angola; the defendants were convicted of paying bribes to a local state oil official to secure shipping contracts worth $20m.

Leading Silks

Christopher Coltart QC - 2 Hare CourtA high-quality silk who has great client handling skills.

Ranked: tier 1

Jonathan Kinnear QC - 2 Hare CourtHighly experienced in handling large-scale bribery and corruption cases.

Ranked: tier 2

Brendan Kelly QC - 2 Hare CourtJudges trust his judgement, and juries love his cross-examinations.

Ranked: tier 3

Jonathan Laidlaw QC - 2 Hare CourtA very smooth and hardworking silk.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Vivienne Tanchel - 2 Hare CourtShe is a talented advocate.

Ranked: tier 1

Christopher Foulkes - 2 Hare CourtAn unflappable junior.

Ranked: tier 3

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Crime
Crime - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

2 Hare Court

2 Hare Court 'boasts an impressive range of counsel and is able to offer a range of suitable options in relation to any enquiry'. Traditionally regarded as a prosecution set, chambers continues to receive Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) instructions for some of the most serious cases, but it also handles high-quality private defence and prosecution work, too. Recent instructions include Julia Faure Walker prosecuting three individuals for a sex trafficking conspiracy, including the "sale" of a prostitute for €10,000 in a case with issues as to the admissibility of Romanian intercept evidence. Turning to defence highlights, Martin Hicks QC and Scott Ivill represented a man who was acquitted of an alleged manslaughter after his brother died of a heart attack in the family home during a supposed exorcism. Also of note, Brendan Kelly QC defended Xeneral Webster, a 19-year-old drill musician who was acquitted of murder but received a 17-year sentence for manslaughter on a plea of guilty; this case is believed to be the first conviction for an acid attack killing in the UK. Turning to the juniors' unled work, Gudrun Young successfully represented well-known feminist activist Linda Bellos, who was privately prosecuted by a transgender rights activist for a supposed public order offence after indicating that she would defend herself against violent attack – the private prosecution was taken over and discontinued by the CPS.

Leading Silks

Brendan Kelly QC - 2 Hare CourtJudges trust his judgement and juries love his cross-examinations.

Ranked: tier 1

Jonathan Rees QC - 2 Hare CourtA class act – he commands the court like no other advocate.

Ranked: tier 1

Orlando Pownall QC - 2 Hare CourtHis cross-examinations are carefully crafted and at times ruthless.

Ranked: tier 1

Sallie Bennett-Jenkins QC - 2 Hare CourtThere is nothing she doesn't know about sex cases.

Ranked: tier 1

Oliver Glasgow QC - 2 Hare CourtAn effective advocate and a formidable opponent.

Ranked: tier 2

Brian O'Neill QC - 2 Hare CourtHe possesses that rare gravitas through which he can command a courtroom with ease.

Ranked: tier 3

Martin Hicks QC - 2 Hare CourtVery impressive in his commitment and skills.

Ranked: tier 3

Naeem Mian QC - 2 Hare CourtHe defends in gang-related cases.

Ranked: tier 3
2019 Silks

David Whittaker QC - 2 Hare CourtMuch admired by judges and his peers, he is an excellent jury advocate.

Ranked: tier 1

Narita Bahra QC - 2 Hare CourtShe has a unique style in front of juries, who like her approach.

Ranked: tier 1

Zubair Ahmad QC - 2 Hare CourtHe goes in to court knowing the papers inside out and backwards.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Gudrun Young - 2 Hare CourtShe brings a fresh and innovative approach, especially in sex cases.

Ranked: tier 2

Julia Faure Walker - 2 Hare CourtShe has the ability to master complex facts from which she identifies the salient issues with convincing accuracy.

Ranked: tier 2

Leon Kazakos - 2 Hare CourtExcellent at handling very challenging clients.

Ranked: tier 2

Scott Ivill - 2 Hare CourtA fine jury advocate who will leave no stone unturned.

Ranked: tier 2

Fiona Robertson - 2 Hare CourtCalm, composed, great with clients and a great criminal trial lawyer.

Ranked: tier 3

Harry Bentley - 2 Hare CourtA fantastic barrister.

Ranked: tier 3

Nneka Akudolu - 2 Hare CourtCompelling on her feet.

Ranked: tier 3

Peter Lownds - 2 Hare CourtHe exudes quiet authority.

Ranked: tier 3

Sarah Przybylska - 2 Hare CourtTenacious and firm in advocacy without alienating those who she is addressing.

Ranked: tier 3

Will Martin - 2 Hare CourtA natural advocate with a real presence in court.

Ranked: tier 3

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Fraud: crime
Fraud: crime - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

2 Hare Court

2 Hare Court is a 'very strong' and 'talented' set with 'an impressive range of counsel'. Recent highlights include new silk David Whittaker QC successfully defending a businessman against two counts of alleged fraud and money laundering after £500,000 was found in his car at the time of his arrest and then at his home address. Meanwhile, Angus Bunyan successfully prosecuted businessmen Terrence Mitchell and Andrew Meikle, who were convicted of running an investment scam by offering investors a fixed interest plan with a guaranteed rate of return; the money was instead used by the defendants for personal means.

Leading Silks

Jonathan Laidlaw QC - 2 Hare CourtA superlative advocate who is tremendous with clients.

Ranked: tier 1

Brian O’Neill QC - 2 Hare CourtHe has the jury eating out of his hand.

Ranked: tier 2

Orlando Pownall QC - 2 Hare CourtHis recent work includes MTIC fraud matters.

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Radcliffe QC - 2 Hare CourtA brilliant jury advocate.

Ranked: tier 3

Martin Hicks QC - 2 Hare CourtAn impressive cross-examiner.

Ranked: tier 3
2019 Silks

David Whittaker QC - 2 Hare CourtHighly experienced in financial crime cases.

Ranked: tier 1

Narita Bahra QC - 2 Hare CourtA very polished operator; tenacious and fearless.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Vivienne Tanchel - 2 Hare CourtFocused and determined.

Ranked: tier 2

Angus Bunyan - 2 Hare CourtHis judgement is sound and his manner unflappable.

Ranked: tier 3

Leon Kazakos - 2 Hare CourtA junior who shows mastery of the facts.

Ranked: tier 3

Gavin Irwin - 2 Hare CourtHe prepares well and knows his topic.

Ranked: tier 4

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Health and safety
Health and safety - Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

2 Hare Court

2 Hare Court houses ‘a strong cadre of health and safety counsel’. Noteworthy instructions include Jonathan Laidlaw QC acting for cladding company Harley Facades in the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry. Laidlaw QC also acted for Pret a Manger following the death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse; the teenager collapsed and died on board a flight in July 2016 after having an allergic reaction to an "artisan" baguette purchased from the sandwich chain. Pret has announced it will include full ingredient labelling on all its products following Ednan-Laperouse’s inquest, while the government is considering a legislative change.

Leading Silks

Jonathan Laidlaw QC - 2 Hare CourtHe is tremendous with clients, combining empathy with direct advice.

Ranked: tier 2
Leading Juniors

Craig Ferguson - 2 Hare CourtRobust and meticulous; a talented advocate.

Ranked: tier 3

Tom Day - 2 Hare CourtVery personable and an excellent communicator.

Ranked: tier 3

Alexandra Tampakopoulos - 2 Hare CourtAn excellent advocate who builds good rapport with clients.

Ranked: tier 4

James Buchanan - 2 Hare CourtVery good on his feet with a great client manner.

Ranked: tier 4

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Inquests and inquiries
Leading Silks

Jonathan Laidlaw QC - 2 Hare CourtA superlative advocate who is tremendous with clients, providing empathy at the same time as delivering spot-on advice.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Alexandra Tampakopoulos - 2 Hare CourtShe is superb with clients, has the capacity to master huge amount of detail and is totally client-focused.

Ranked: tier 2

Craig Ferguson - 2 Hare CourtA formidable advocate who commands the attention of the court and knows how to present a case in the best possible way.

Ranked: tier 3

Nikita McNeill - 2 Hare CourtShe has an excellent knowledge of the law.

Ranked: tier 3

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Licensing
Leading Silks

Martin Heslop QC - 2 Hare Court'An outstanding advocate, commercially astute and gets straight to the point.' 

Ranked: tier 2

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Professional disciplinary and regulatory law
Professional disciplinary and regulatory law - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

2 Hare Court

2 Hare Court is 'a very strong set' with 'flair', and houses an 'excellent group of barristers with extensive experience in professional disciplinary work'. Healthcare is a core sector of expertise for the set, with members handling work for doctors, dentists, opticians, and osteopaths, and has also been active in the veterinary space. Andrew Colman defended a practitioner of Vaser liposelection (a form of liposuction) against 28 allegations – divided into over 100 sub-heads – of misconduct. However, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service tribunal found only six of the sub-heads amounted to misconduct, and only two to have a basis of impaired fitness to practise; the tribunal decided to take no action by way of sanction. Also of note, Tom Day acted for the General Optical Council in a misconduct case brought against an optometrist accused of harassment; the defendant was erased from the register. In March 2019 Andrew Hurst was appointed to the circuit bench.

Leading Silks

Christopher Coltart QC - 2 Hare CourtHe can hold his own in any case.

Ranked: tier 4
Leading Juniors

Andrew Colman - 2 Hare CourtHe combines a natural flair for advocacy with a fantastic ability to spot the overlooked killer detail.

Ranked: tier 1

Stephen Brassington - 2 Hare CourtA superb cross-examiner, who can reduce the most robust experts to kittens.

Ranked: tier 1

Christopher Geering - 2 Hare CourtVery astute, and very persuasive on his feet.

Ranked: tier 3

Christopher Gillespie - 2 Hare CourtA very able advocate with gravitas, who will go the extra mile.

Ranked: tier 3

Marios Lambis - 2 Hare CourtReassuringly confident, with an excellent legal mind.

Ranked: tier 3

Scott Ivill - 2 Hare CourtEfficient, thorough and prompt.

Ranked: tier 3

Sarah Przybylska - 2 Hare CourtDetail-oriented and has a wonderful manner with clients.

Ranked: tier 3

Tom Day - 2 Hare CourtHe charms clients and witnesses alike, and is very impressive on his feet.

Ranked: tier 3

Vivienne Tanchel - 2 Hare CourtShe has a great bedside manner with clients and is a pleasure to work with.

Ranked: tier 4

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Set overviews: England and Wales

Counsel at the ‘classy2 Hare Court are ‘a cut above’ in the fields of criminal and professional discipline and regulatory law. Solicitors note it has ‘strengthened considerably its private prosecutions’ offering of late; its expertise in the field of health and safety law; and its ‘respected’ experts in the licensing and sport arena. The ‘first-choice’, ‘forward-thinking’ set boasts ‘an impressive range of clever, accomplished counsel’ who ‘instinctively understand the needs of the client’. In recent chambers news, Alison Levitt QC, the founder of Mishcon de Reya LLP’s white collar crime practice, has joined the set, while Narita Bahra QC, Zubair Ahmad QC, and David Whittaker QC took silk in 2019, further strengthening chambers at the senior end. Meanwhile, the junior ranks have been bolstered by the arrival of Merry Van Woodenberg and Nneka Akudolu, formerly of Foundry Chambers and 187 Fleet Street Chambers respectively. Leaving chambers, Andrew Hurst was appointed to the circuit bench. Chambers has a ‘strong’ clerking team which is ‘modern in its outlook’ and ‘recognises that the traditional flow of work is not going to apply in every case’. The team is led by director of clerking Julian Campbell, who is ‘widely recognised as being amongst the best in the business’ and ‘provides an extremely slick and professional service’. All the clerks are ‘attentive, quick’, and ‘efficient in sending through information and truthful regarding availability’. Senior practice clerk Ben Heaviside is an ‘A+ clerk; approachable, reasonable, and accommodating’. The ‘exceptionally efficient, prompt, and friendly’ Tara Shah has moved to Twenty Essex. Offices in: London

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Sport
Leading Silks

Christopher Coltart QC - 2 Hare CourtHe prosecutes disciplinary matters for the FA.

Ranked: tier 3

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