The Legal 500

Chambers of Jonathan Laidlaw QC

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Within Crime, 2 Hare Court (Orlando Pownall QC) is a second tier set,

2 Hare Court enjoys ‘an impressive reputation’, delivering ‘a reliable and efficient service’. Head of chambers Orlando Pownall QCpossesses a unique court presence, and is meticulous in his preparation and cross-examination’, and Jonathan Laidlaw QC is ‘admired for his quick and incisive manner’. Andrew Edis QC is noted for his ‘dogged desire to achieve the best possible result for his client’, and Peter Wright QC is ‘a real all-rounder; from homicide to terrorism, whether prosecuting or defending, he is great’. The junior end exhibits ‘a great deal of promise’; standouts include Craig Ferguson, recent arrival Peter Lownds, Oliver Glasgow and Christopher Coltart .

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

Standout silks at 2 Hare Court include Jonathan Rees QC, Andrew Radcliffe QC and James Pickup QC, who exhibits ‘careful attention to detail and written work that is second to none’. Among the juniors, Craig Ferguson adopts ‘a calm, focused approach to challenging cases’; Christopher Coltart is ‘one of the ablest barristers in practice’; and Christopher Foulkes is ‘particularly impressive at strategising’. In 2013, Robin Barclay left for Outer Temple Chambers.

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Within Health and safety Health and safety - Leading Silks

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Within Licensing,

Other recommended individuals include One Essex Court’s Susanna Fitzgerald QC, who is ‘immensely supportive and empathetic’; Christopher Moger QC at 4 Pump Court, for his specialist expertise in gaming and lotteries law; Saima Hanif at Monckton Chambers, who recently acted in the Court of Appeal case Albert Hall v Westminster CC; 2 Hare Court’s Martin Heslop QC, who succeeded in obtaining Stage 1 licences for casinos in Stratford and Milton Keynes on behalf of Aspinals; Tanfield ChambersStephen Monkcom, who specialises in the regulatory aspects of gaming and lotteries; XXIV Old BuildingsFrancis Tregear QC and Alexander Pelling, who are noted for their spread-betting expertise; and Stephen Whale at Landmark Chambers.

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

2 Hare Court’s reputation as ‘a very well-run set’ is owed in part to its ‘outstanding clerking and administrative team’. Jonathan Laidlaw QC is a well-respected silk with a niche in the sports world, and Stephen Brassington’s ‘direct and pithy style of advocacy is impressively effective; clients warm to his engaging manner quickly’. Also recommended are the ‘diligent and knowledgeableMarios Lambis and ‘thorough and realisticAndrew Colman, who has ‘an excellent manner with clients’. Sarah Przybylska is an up-an-coming junior who stands out for her ‘in-depth knowledge of healthcare regulations’.

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Within Tax: corporate and VAT Tax: VAT - Leading Juniors

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    An online support service for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) which need to recruit skilled overseas workers has been extended until 28 February 2014. The pilot was launched by UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) in partnership with the Greater London Authority (GLA) and provides a step by step guide to sponsoring an overseas worker. This service is available via the GLA website.
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