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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

Quasi-criminal set 2 Hare Court is β€˜absolutely top-drawer in every sense’ with β€˜no weak link in its armour’. In addition to general crime, chambers is strong in fraud and has also become β€˜one of the go-to sets for regulatory issues’. Counsel are β€˜truly skilled’ and β€˜display a flexible and commercially minded approach that is very appealing to clients’. β€˜The clerks are also very accommodating and bend over backwards to provide an excellent service’. Director of clerking Julian Campbell β€˜has created a culture very much driven by and focused on client needs’, and β€˜deserves a lot of credit for heightening chambers’ profile’. Campbell works closely with senior practice manager Ben Heaviside and, together, they are β€˜two of the best clerks in the business’. Practice clerk Tara Johnson also provides β€˜a first-class service’. Collectively, β€˜they really care about their barristers, instructing solicitors and clients, and that shines through’. 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 3

2 Hare Court

2 Hare Court’s members handle a range of matters, primarily for the defence, regarding interest rate-rigging, corruption and various other offences. Christopher Coltart QC is instructed to defend the former CEO of Sports Direct, who is accused of failing to notify the government of the impending redundancy of 80 workers in Glasgow.

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – Leading silks

Christopher Coltart QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜His legal arguments have achieved significant results for corporates facing criminal investigations.’

Ranked: tier 2

Orlando Pownall QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜To see him in full flow is a masterclass in effective advocacy.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jonathan Laidlaw QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜A superstar and the expert on private prosecutions.’

Ranked: tier 3
Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – Leading juniors

Vivienne Tanchel - 2 Hare Court β€˜She is extremely forensic and robust in her approach.’

Ranked: tier 1

Christopher Foulkes - 2 Hare Court β€˜Instructed to both defend and prosecute in SFO cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Crime (general crime)
Crime (general crime) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

2 Hare Court

At 2 Hare Court, β€˜every barrister is very good or better’. Its members handle a range of private defence work, while some are instructed in top CPS prosecutions, including complex terrorism cases. Jonathan Rees QC prosecuted Stephen Port, a serial killer who preyed on users of Grindr, a dating app aimed at gay and bisexual men. Orlando Pownall QC and Martin Hicks QC separately defended Constance and Patrick Adams, husband and wife and members of the notorious β€˜Adams Family’; both were acquitted of attempted murder.

Crime (general crime) – Leading silks

Jonathan Rees QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜A first-class prosecution advocate, who is a pleasure to deal with.’

Ranked: tier 1

Orlando Pownall QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜One of the outstanding criminal advocates, he commands the courtroom when he is on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 1

Peter Wright QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜The CPS trust him with challenging murder and sex offence cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Sallie Bennett-Jenkins QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜An excellent advocate, who is great at dealing with distressed clients.’

Ranked: tier 2

Brian O’Neill QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜His calm and confident manner means he is in great demand.’

Ranked: tier 3

Brendan Kelly QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜Charismatic, an experienced advocate and a great lawyer.’

Ranked: tier 3

Martin Hicks QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜A no-nonsense fearless performer.’

Ranked: tier 3
Crime (general crime) – 2016 silks

Oliver Glasgow QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜His attention to detail and work rate, balanced with a confident yet light touch, make him an impressive advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1
Crime (general crime) – 2017 silks

Naeem Mian QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜A skilled advocate and trial strategist.’

Ranked: tier 1
Crime (general crime) – Leading juniors

Angus Bunyan - 2 Hare Court β€˜An excellent advocate and a first-rate lawyer, whose attention to detail in mammoth cases is remarkable.’

Ranked: tier 2

Scott Ivill - 2 Hare Court β€˜Tireless in pursuit of the best possible results for his clients.’

Ranked: tier 2

Zubair Ahmad - 2 Hare Court β€˜Unbelievably able, immensely knowledgeable and with very sound judgement too.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Whittaker - 2 Hare Court β€˜His solid personality gives clients a real confidence in his advice.’

Ranked: tier 3

Gudrun Young - 2 Hare Court β€˜A strong advocate with a range of experience and careful client care skills with difficult and vulnerable defendants.’

Ranked: tier 3

Harry Bentley - 2 Hare Court β€˜He impresses quickly with his obvious ability and is a delight to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3

Julia Faure Walker - 2 Hare Court β€˜A very clever and conscientious barrister, she is extremely hardworking and has a very good knowledge of the law.’

Ranked: tier 3

Leon Kazakos - 2 Hare Court β€˜He masters the facts and can make the unreasonable sound reasonable.’

Ranked: tier 3

Narita Bahra - 2 Hare Court β€˜She defends in challenging multi-handed grooming and other organised crime cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Peter Lownds - 2 Hare Court β€˜Excellent in and out of court, with a very practical approach and great client care skills.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sarah Przybylska - 2 Hare Court β€˜She gets the measure of clients quickly, and gives a true insight into how the prosecution will think.’

Ranked: tier 3

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

2 Hare Court

2 Hare Court covers the range of fraud work, including both private and public defence and prosecution work. Members are on both sides of Allseas Group’s private prosecution of an individual regarding an alleged bogus investment: Jonathan Laidlaw QC is prosecuting, with Martin Hicks QC leading Vivienne Tanchel for the defence.

Fraud: crime – Leading silks

Jonathan Laidlaw QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜One of the brightest stars – working with him is totally brilliant.’

Ranked: tier 1

Orlando Pownall QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜Instructed in challenging cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Brendan Kelly QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜He really gets under the skin of a case and commands the complete confidence of his audience.’

Ranked: tier 3

Brian O’Neill QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜His well-organised prosecution skills are highly attractive to corporates wishing to commence private prosecutions.’

Ranked: tier 3

Christopher Coltart QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜His forensic approach to defence preparation puts him ahead of his peers.’

Ranked: tier 3

Martin Hicks QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜A fantastic workmate, who oozes charm and commands respect – he is the complete package.’

Ranked: tier 3
Fraud: crime – Leading juniors

Vivienne Tanchel - 2 Hare Court β€˜Very hardworking and very good with clients – her knowledge of the financial services industry really does give her the edge.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Whittaker - 2 Hare Court β€˜A calm and smooth operator in whom clients have complete confidence.’

Ranked: tier 3

Julia Faure Walker - 2 Hare Court β€˜She is equally able across a range of disciplines.’

Ranked: tier 3

Peter Lownds - 2 Hare Court β€˜He is very thorough and has a good strategic eye in fraud cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

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

2 Hare Court

The β€˜strong cadre of members’ at 2 Hare Court appear in high-profile health and safety cases year after year. Expertise spans corporate manslaughter, gross negligence manslaughter, deaths at work and non-fatal accidents.

Health and safety – Leading silks

Jonathan Laidlaw QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜He quickly distils the important issues and communicates them in an uncomplicated manner.’

Ranked: tier 2
Health and safety – 2016 silks

Oliver Glasgow QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜Articulate, bright, sensible and easy to deal with.’

Ranked: tier 1
Health and safety – Leading juniors

Craig Ferguson - 2 Hare Court β€˜A top-rate junior and a persuasive negotiator, who gets his point across in a concise manner.’

Ranked: tier 3

Christopher Gillespie - 2 Hare Court β€˜A name to note in the criminal/regulatory sphere.’

Ranked: tier 4

James Buchanan - 2 Hare Court β€˜A good team player, who is a pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Inquests and inquiries
Inquests and inquiries – Leading silks

Jonathan Laidlaw QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜He is a master of cross-examination and holds an air of authority.’

Ranked: tier 3
Inquests and inquiries – Leading juniors

Alexandra Tampakopoulos - 2 Hare Court β€˜An extremely capable advocate, and a go-to junior.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Licensing
Licensing – Leading silks

Martin Heslop QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜A highly rated advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Professional discipline and regulatory law
Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

2 Hare Court

2 Hare Court is β€˜a well-respected set with a wide range of excellent barristers involved in defending registrants’ alongside a strong presentation practice. As far as work for regulators is concerned, Andrew Colman continues to present the cases against several teachers regarding the Operation Trojan Horse saga concerning governance in Birmingham schools.

Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading silks

Christopher Coltart QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜His ability to unpick the powers of regulators to demand documents from corporates is a highly prized skill.’

Ranked: tier 4
Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading juniors

Stephen Brassington - 2 Hare Court β€˜He defends in heavyweight General Dental Council and General Medical Council cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Colman - 2 Hare Court β€˜He has a keen analytical mind: no stone is left unturned analysing the General Medical Council’s case.’

Ranked: tier 2

Marios Lambis - 2 Hare Court β€˜An excellent advocate in front of professional tribunals as well as juries.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Hurst - 2 Hare Court β€˜A very diligent and caring representative of defendants who nevertheless packs a punch.’

Ranked: tier 3

Scott Ivill - 2 Hare Court β€˜He uses his advocacy to devastating effect.’

Ranked: tier 3

Christopher Geering - 2 Hare Court β€˜A very good and persuasive advocate, who is excellent with clients and a pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 4

Christopher Gillespie - 2 Hare Court β€˜An impressive advocate and a scrupulously fair prosecutor.’

Ranked: tier 4

Sarah Przybylska - 2 Hare Court β€˜Straightforward, responsive, pragmatic and clear with advice.’

Ranked: tier 4

Tom Day - 2 Hare Court β€˜Thorough and very personable, with clear judgement.’

Ranked: tier 4

Vivienne Tanchel - 2 Hare Court β€˜She is extremely forensic and robust in her approach.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Set overviews: England and Wales

Quasi-criminal set 2 Hare Court is β€˜absolutely top-drawer in every sense’ with β€˜no weak link in its armour’. In addition to general crime, chambers is strong in fraud and has also become β€˜one of the go-to sets for regulatory issues’. Counsel are β€˜truly skilled’ and β€˜display a flexible and commercially minded approach that is very appealing to clients’. β€˜The clerks are also very accommodating and bend over backwards to provide an excellent service’. Director of clerking Julian Campbell β€˜has created a culture very much driven by and focused on client needs’, and β€˜deserves a lot of credit for heightening chambers’ profile’. Campbell works closely with senior practice manager Ben Heaviside and, together, they are β€˜two of the best clerks in the business’. Practice clerk Tara Johnson also provides β€˜a first-class service’. Collectively, β€˜they really care about their barristers, instructing solicitors and clients, and that shines through’. Offices in: London

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Sport
Sport – Leading silks

Christopher Coltart QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜He has a superb manner with clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jonathan Laidlaw QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜His strength is his advocacy, in particular, his cross-examination.’

Ranked: tier 3

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