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Chambers of Jonathan Laidlaw QC

TEMPLE, LONDON, EC4Y 7BH, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7353 5324
Fax:
Fax 020 7353 0667
DX:
444 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
Web:
www.2harecourt.com
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Andrew Edis QC

Tel:
Work 020 7353 5324
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2 Hare Court (Chambers of Jonathan Laidlaw QC)

Position

Recommended by ‘Chambers and Partners’ and ‘The Legal 500’ as an advocate in crime, he is regarded as ‘the outstanding Silk on the Northern circuit at the moment’ who is ‘never anything other than cool, calm and collected even in the teeth of serious provocation’. He undertakes ‘very heavy crime in his impressively broad practice’ (‘The Legal 500’ 2008). As a junior he came to public prominence by defending the footballer Bruce Grobelaar on corruption charges. Since taking Silk he has prosecuted and defended in many high-profile and notable cases, including R v Taft (‘Beauty in the Bath’), R v Allan (‘Death on the Nile’) and R v Park (‘Lady in the Lake’). In 2006 he began to prosecute terrorist cases for CPS HQ London and substantial frauds for the Serious Fraud Office. He was appointed Senior Treasury Counsel in 2008. His areas of specialism include police law, public law and judicial review, where he is first-choice counsel for the authorities and other public bodies. He is also regularly instructed by Accident Exchange PLC, one of the leading operators in the market of consumer credit and credit hire.

Career

Called 1980, Middle Temple; assistant Recorder 1994; QC 1997; Deputy High Court Judge 2001; Bencher Middle Temple 2004; senior treasury counsel 2008.

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