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Chambers of Jonathan Laidlaw QC

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Jonathan Laidlaw QC

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2 Hare Court (Chambers of Jonathan Laidlaw QC)


Jonathan Laidlaw QC’s practice is predominantly in business and financial crime, in defending directors and companies facing charges brought by the HSE and in professional, regulatory and disciplinary matters. Much of his work, both for individuals and companies here and abroad, is pre-charge and advisory in nature. Jonathan Laidlaw QC has also appeared in major inquests, in sporting tribunals and he is asked to produce reports in silk-led internal inquiries and to provide advice to successful claimants in commercial litigation considering launching private prosecutions. He presently acts for the Bank of England, for a number of individuals who are the subject of SFO, FCA and DoJ investigations including Rolls Royce and ENRC; for DX; for the Allseas Group SA; for The FA; for JTF Wholesale (who face corporate manslaughter charges), for the BAM, Ferrovian and Kier JV (following a fatality on the Cross Rail project); and for Operation Kenova in Northern Ireland.


Called 1982; Inner Temple; South Eastern Circuit; 1995-2000 Junior Treasury Counsel; 1998 recorder; 2000-10 Senior Treasury Counsel; 2008 QC; 2008-10 First Senior Treasury Counsel.


CBA, FLA, HSLA, ARDL, South Eastern Circuit

London Bar

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

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

Jonathan Laidlaw QC - 2 Hare CourtA superstar and the expert on private prosecutions.’

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Fraud: crime

Within: Fraud: crime – Leading silks

Jonathan Laidlaw QC - 2 Hare CourtOne of the brightest stars – working with him is totally brilliant.’

Within: Fraud: crime

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.

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Health and safety

Within: Health and safety – Leading silks

Jonathan Laidlaw QC - 2 Hare CourtHe quickly distils the important issues and communicates them in an uncomplicated manner.’

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Inquests and inquiries

Within: Inquests and inquiries – Leading silks

Jonathan Laidlaw QC - 2 Hare CourtHe is a master of cross-examination and holds an air of authority.’

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Within: Sport – Leading silks

Jonathan Laidlaw QC - 2 Hare CourtHis strength is his advocacy, in particular, his cross-examination.’

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