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Chambers of Jonathan Laidlaw KC
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London Bar > Crime Tier 1

The set at 2 Hare Court continues to bring expertise to major criminal defences and private and public prosecutions. Jonathan Laidlaw KC currently represents former Chief Constable Jon Boutcher, the leader of “Operation Kenova”, which is investigating murders, attempted murder and unlawful imprisonments allegedly committed by British spy in the Provisional IRA known as ‘Stakeknife’. In R v. Danyal Hussein, Oliver Glasgow KC successfully prosecuted Danyal Hussain, who was convicted of the murder of two women in a park in Kingsbury as a part of a supposed satanic pact after viewing far right-linked satanist material. Harry Bentley, acting alone, defended a former student who downloaded white supremacist literature and bomb-making instructions, resulting in a suspended prison sentence. Richard Heller joined from Drystone Chambers in January 2022. Alison Levitt KC, as was, is now a circuit judge on the South Eastern Circuit.

Leading Silks

Sallie Bennett-Jenkins KC – 2 Hare Court ‘Sallie is a strong and fearless advocate. Her cross-examination skills are breathtaking.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Oliver Glasgow KC – 2 Hare Court ‘Oliver is a first-class lawyer, who rightly deserves his appointment as First Senior Treasury Counsel. His work is always meticulously prepared, and his presence in court commanding.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Brendan Kelly KC –2 Hare CourtBrendan is a top-notch advocate, who gets the jury on board right from the off.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Zubair Ahmad KC – 2 Hare Court ‘Zubair is always extremely well-prepared, with an outstanding eye for detail. ’
Ranked: Tier 3
David Whittaker KC – 2 Hare Court ‘David is an excellent advocate and a master at identifying the important issues in any particular case.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4
Brian O’Neill KC2 Hare Court ‘Brian is an experienced and highly-skilled advocate.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Jonathan Laidlaw KC – 2 Hare Court ‘He is well-known for his oral advocacy and really good at thinking about, mapping out and advising on strengths and weaknesses.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Martin Hicks KC – 2 Hare Court ‘Martin is a class act. His attributes include excellent ability as an advocate, great tactical and strategic skill and a deep commitment to every case he appears in.’
Ranked: Tier 4

2022 Silks

Gudrun Young KC – 2 Hare Court ‘Gudrun is a class act, she is a sublime advocate. She is hard-working, brilliant with clients and highly sought-after.’

Leading Juniors

Julia Faure Walker – 2 Hare Court ‘Julia deals with legal arguments, witness testimony and other aspects of court advocacy to the highest standard.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Scott Ivill2 Hare Court ‘Scott is a first class advocate whose oral advocacy is excellent. He is extremely articulate and persuasive and has a great presence in court. There is no junior more hard-working. He is a joy to work with.
Ranked: Tier 2
Madeleine Wolfe  -2 Hare Court  ‘Madeleine is a very talented and experienced advocate with extensive knowledge of the most serious and complex cases. A commanding yet calm presence in court, robust in any legal arguments and savvy in cross-examination. She deliveries the most impressive closing speeches.
Ranked: Tier 3
Will Martin2 Hare Court ‘He has all the qualities one looks for in a top criminal barrister, combining a fierce tactical intellect with effortless advocacy.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Harry Bentley – 2 Hare Court ‘Harry has a wide range of experience, strong advocacy skills, excellent legal knowledge and a thorough understanding of the law.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Peter Lownds – 2 Hare Court ‘Peter is a highly-experienced and polished advocate.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Sarah Przybylska – 2 Hare Court ‘Sarah is a very diligent, respectful and hard-working junior.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Fiona Robertson – 2 Hare Court ‘Fiona is the best-prepared, most forward-thinking junior.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Merry van Woodenberg – 2 Hare Court ‘Merry is incredibly hard-working, with meticulous attention to detail and wonderful with clients.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Daniel Chadwick – 2 Hare Court ‘Daniel is a knowledgeable and highly-responsive barrister who instills confidence in both professional and lay clients.’
Ranked: Tier 4



‘2 Hare Court continue to be my go-to chambers for all cases, large or small. The strength in depth they have is unrivalled.’

‘2 Hare Court is one of the leading criminal sets in London, if not the leader. It excels in its training programmes and its depth of representation from leader to junior.’

‘An excellent set of chambers often appearing in the most high profile criminal cases.’

‘2 Hare Court is a Who’s Who of top criminal practitioners. It has the wow factor and is rightly viewed as one of the very best criminal sets.’

‘2 Hare Court have a wide range of experience and availability in relation to criminal law.’


‘Chloe Skinsgley is a very diligent and approachable clerk.’

London Bar > Fraud: crime Tier 1

With its ‘excellent, intelligent, strategic and approachable barristers’, 2 Hare Court remains a predominant defence set in the practice area, with ‘strength in depth for complex fraud’, representing clients across a wide range of matters, from major SFO investigations to boiler room and carbon credit trading frauds. Brendan Kelly KC defends in a case concerning Loncon Capital & Finance, an alleged Ponzi-type scheme involving a loss estimated at £400m. In another case, Daniel Chadwick represented the first defendant on the indictment, who is accused of participating in twenty boiler room frauds involved in the mis-selling of carbon credits to the public. Notable arrivals include Richard Heller (January 2022) from Drystone Chambers and Madeleine Wolfe (April 2022) from 23ES.

Leading Silks

David Whittaker KC – 2 Hare Court ‘David has a wonderful court manner and holds the jury’s attention in the palm of his hands.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Jonathan Laidlaw KC – 2 Hare Court ‘Jonny is top-drawer. He works incredibly hard but makes it look effortless. Always on top of his brief and takes responsibility for all of the big calls on his cases.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Brian O’Neill KC – 2 Hare CourtBrian is an excellent leader. He is thorough, well-organised and decisive. He has immense presence in court.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Martin Hicks KC – 2 Hare Court 'With a gentle touch, gains the confidence of the client and the court.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Leon Kazakos KC2 Hare CourtLeon is an exceptional barrister. He attention to detail is impeccable, his advocacy is top-notch and his client care is excellent.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Vivienne Tanchel – 2 Hare Court ‘Vivienne brings superb attention to detail, excellent advocate, great with clients.’ 
Ranked: Tier 2
Angus Bunyan – 2 Hare CourtAngus is well-informed and extremely diligent. He is not phased by the challenges faced and anticipates problems before they arise.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Daniel Chadwick – 2 Hare Court ‘Daniel is a very good trial lawyer with an ability to communicate well with lay clients and ensure a case is fully prepared for trial.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Lewis MacDonald – 2 Hare Court ‘Lewis is an outstanding junior barrister. His strength is his ability to apply his intelligence and legal knowledge in a practical and strategic way.'
Ranked: Tier 4



‘2 Hare Court are a very impressive set of chambers with quality throughout the set.’

‘2 Hare Court are an excellent set who have real strength in depth for complex fraud.’

‘The set has excellent, intelligent, strategic and approachable barristers.’


‘Chloe Skingley is a hidden gem. She is an asset to chambers.’

‘Julian Campbell is very effective and user-friendly.’


London Bar > Professional disciplinary and regulatory law Tier 1

Regarded as ‘the best set for professional discipline barristers‘, 2 Hare Court is characterized for having ‘excellent silks, unparalleled senior juniors and some really strong junior barristers. Marios Lambis KC – a 2022 Silk appointment – defended a GP in a GMC case concerning 42 allegations in relation to dishonesty, bullying, and the deleting of patient records. ‘Master advocateStephen Brassington is acting on behalf of the former Chief Executive of Heart of England Foundation Trust in relation to an alleged conscious failure to prevent criminal behaviour by breast surgeon Ian Paterson, who is serving a two-decade prison sentence for carrying out unnecessary operations. In addition, Andrew Colman acted in front of the MPTS, successfully representing a GP alleged to have consumed surplus controlled drugs prescribed for his patients.

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 3
Christopher Coltart KC2 Hare CourtHe is highly methodical and will get to grips with the detail of the case without ever losing sight of the bigger picture. He is friendly and down to earth with clients whilst maintaining a highly effective presence in court.
Ranked: Tier 4

2022 Silks

Marios Lambis KC2 Hare CourtMarios is absolutely first class. He is massively experienced in this area and is widely regarded as one of the best. His advocacy is is always well crafted and impressively delivered. He richly deserved this recent appointment.'
Gudrun Young KC – 2 Hare CourtGudrun’s strengths lie in her advocacy. She is a charming, persuasive and persistent advocate whose judgement in difficult circumstances is always sound.

Leading Juniors

Andrew Colman2 Hare CourtAmazing ability to get the to the heart of the issues in complex cases. His advocacy skills are excellent with great control of very aggressive witnesses, and his submissions are first class. Very measured and controlled.
Ranked: Tier 1
Stephen Brassington2 Hare CourtHe is a master advocate. His submissions are always first class and so compelling. He can win what seem like the most hopeless cases through his brilliant advocacy. He is great with difficult clients. At the end of a case he has won over panels, opposition and clients alike.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Christopher Gillespie2 Hare CourtChris is a highly effective barrister. He is elegant, confident and straight-talking.
Ranked: Tier 2
Christopher Geering2 Hare CourtA very strong advocate and cross examiner. Avoids any theatrics, but has an incisive, intensely reasonable, considered and well-informed style, which wins confidence. Really excellent.
Ranked: Tier 2
Sarah Przybylska2 Hare Court 'Sarah is measured and diligent in her approach, demonstrating excellent judgment and advocacy.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Scott Ivill2 Hare Court 'Scott is a very experienced and skilled advocate. He is always on top of the detail of a case, picking up complex clinical matters quickly and easily. He is methodical when dealing with document heavy matters.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Tom Day2 Hare CourtTom is a talented advocate who is equally at ease questioning vulnerable witnesses, as he is at cross-examining an expert. He is an excellent advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Vivienne Tanchel2 Hare CourtVivienne is utterly fantastic – she has an unrivalled ability to get to grips with complex matters. Vivienne’s advocacy is remarkable to watch; she is fierce when needed whilst also being able to build rapport with witnesses and the tribunal.
Ranked: Tier 3
Michael Rawlinson – 2 Hare CourtExtremely good at handling the client, both in identifying areas of concern to be addressed and also putting them at ease during more stressful moments. Excellent in putting forward persuasive submissions to tribunal and good at thinking on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 4
Lewis MacDonald2 Hare CourtExtremely thorough and hard-working. In short, excellent at all aspects of handling case material.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Laura Stephenson2 Hare CourtA very able advocate, who is well-prepared, thoughtful and extremely adept at dealing with sensitive cases.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Ben Rich2 Hare Court 'Ben is a confident advocate, with extensive experience. He is a knowledgeable, pragmatic and calm advocate and reassuringly guides clients through difficult proceedings whilst putting them at ease.'
Ranked: Tier 4



2 Hare Court have excellent silks, unparalleled senior juniors and some really strong junior barristers coming up through the ranks. They are sure to be leaders in the field in future and will carry on the excellent reputation of this set.

2 Hare Court are exceptionally strong in the professional disciplinary world. Their number is the first that is called when excellent Counsel is required.

An excellent set full of first class barristers – spoilt for choice with them.

The best set for professional discipline barristers – they are really top notch and can always offer someone excellent to assist.

The entire set has a wonderful regulatory expertise, and I have been fortunate enough to instruct a number of barristers from the set, all of whom have been top class.


Louis Lockwood in particular is excellent.

Work highlights

    London Bar > Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) Tier 2

    2 Hare Court offers high-level expertise in the full range of financial and business crime issues, with members acting in proceedings relating to bribery, corruption, anti-competitive behaviour, sanctions violations, and in private prosecutions. Clients include directors, corporates, and regulatory agencies, with the team able to act in SFO, FCA, and police proceedings, representing clients at all levels of trial and throughout investigations. The set has a dedicated business crime team headed by the vastly experienced Christopher Coltart KC, who notably represented a defendant in FCA v Croft, Coleman and Fisher, in which three former directors of a AIM-listed company were charged with false accounting, misleading the company’s auditors and misleading the market. The allegations arose out of the company’s published financial statements for 2016, which the FCA claims were deliberately misleading. Christopher Foulkes  is a highly experienced junior, regularly instructed by the SFO and HMRC, as well as defending clients, including a suspect in a major SFO investigation into very large fraud and insider trading allegations relating to a major corporate collapse.

    Leading Silks

    Christopher Coltart KC2 Hare CourtChris is one of the few lawyers at the Bar able to straddle the corporate, regulatory, civil and criminal aspects of a case. He is extremely bright, pragmatic, commercial, technical and thorough. He is a delight to work with. Clients quickly put their trust and faith into his judgement. He works hard. He has an excellent understanding of the drivers and priorities for businesses to deal with corporate and regulatory crime issues. He has a deep understanding of legal professional privilege issues as they relate to corporate crime issues.
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Jonathan Kinnear KC2 Hare CourtJon is a star of the Bar. Brilliant on his feet, engaging with clients, navigates difficult legal and practical issues with ease and very accessible. Solicitors are grateful for the superb all round service he delivers.
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Brendan Kelly KC2 Hare Court 'A top notch advocate, who clearly gets the jury on board right from the off.'
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Jonathan Laidlaw KC2 Hare CourtJonny is a brilliant advocate and a great joy to work with. He is also supported by a truly market leading team. He’s fantastic across all areas of financial crime and on big judgment calls he is excellent.
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Ranked: Tier 3

    Leading Juniors

    Vivienne Tanchel2 Hare CourtGreat attention to detail, excellent client care skills and a compelling advocate. Very hard working and always has at her fingertips all the details of the case, which is hugely impressive.
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Christopher Foulkes2 Hare CourtChris is a wonderfully strategic lawyer. He is calm and measured, and is meticulous with his preparation. His main strength is his ability to consider all angles in detail to help develop a strategy that achieves amazing results for the client, time after time.
    Ranked: Tier 3



    They have real strength in depth. I have worked with or been against a number of practitioners and always been impressed by both the work ethic of all and their obvious abilities as lawyers and advocates.’

    Fantastic set.’

    A professional and impressive set.

    The set is a strong and growing presence in the regulatory market place, and dominant in some niches, particularly Inquests. The team are very responsive and have real strength in depth.


    Clerks are top notch as are all staff who work at chambers.

    The clerking team is excellent, commercial and approachable with a can do attitude.

    London Bar > Health and safety Tier 3

    Providing ‘all round coverage in the health and safety, crime and inquests sectors’, the barristers at 2 Hare Court represent clients in a variety of sectors, including transport, food, healthcare, construction, and energy, acting in high-profile inquiries, manslaughter prosecutions, and cases brought by regulators and enforcement bodies. Chambers head Jonathan Laidlaw KC is acting on behalf of ShowSec and Live Nation in the inquiry and subsequent criminal investigation arising out of the Manchester Arena bombing. In addition, Tom Day went up against James Buchanan in a gross negligence manslaughter case in the wake of the death of a construction worker during the construction and refurbishment of a block of flats.

    Leading Juniors

    Tom Day2 Hare CourtTom's advocacy is eloquent and persuasive, and secures great results for his clients.'
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Alexandra Tampakopoulos2 Hare CourtShe is very knowledgeable in this field and extremely helpful to instructing solicitors.'
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Ranked: Tier 4



    Chambers provides good all round coverage in the health and safety, crime and inquest sectors.

    2 Hare Court is one of the go to chambers for health and safety regulatory work – very experienced and well respected for its work in this area.


    Julian Campbell is great.

    The clerks’ room is well led by Julian Campbell, who is always approachable.’

    Excellent. Julian Campbell is particularly exceptional, making an effort to respond promptly to requests and going above and beyond to provide support.

    London Bar > Inquests and inquiries Tier 3

    Frequently instructed on complex and high-profile inquests and public inquiries, 2 Hare Court‘s provides ‘a diverse range of expertise from counsel who are truly exceptional‘. Its members’ experience covers fatal workplace accidents on construction sites, cases concerning explosions and poisoning, and deaths involving medical treatment, military training, police custody, and residential and nursing care homes. In the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry, formerly First Senior Treasury Counsel at the Old Bailey, Jonathan Laidlaw KC (leading Alexandra Tampakopoulos and Paul Renteurs) is currently acting for a core participant, Harley Facades, which was responsible for the installation of the cladding.

    Rising stars

    Hannah Thomas2 Hare CourtHannah is both confident and well prepared.  She understands the key issues, identifies further points, her advocacy skills are very good, and her ability to deal with difficult matters and family members during inquests is impressive.
    Ranked: Tier 1

    Leading Silks

    Kate Blackwell KC2 Hare CourtKate is fantastic with clients and is brilliant at cutting through complex challenging concepts and providing easy-to-understand practical advice. She is also a great team player.
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Jonathan Laidlaw KC2 Hare CourtJonathan has a mastership over the complexities of the case and can see the long goal and works towards that from Day One. Very persuasive as you would expect a leading Silk to be, so very good with the client. Respected and influential in his practice area. ’
    Ranked: Tier 2

    Leading Juniors

    Nikita McNeill2 Hare CourtNikita’s strengths are her soaring intellect, her capacity to turn papers around at such a fast pace, and her attention to client care – a winning combination!’
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Alexandra Tampakopoulos2 Hare CourtShe is a wonderfully intelligent advocate who fights her clients’ corner tirelessly. Excellent with clients and a first-choice counsel.
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Christopher Geering – 2 Hare CourtChristopher is a very impressive advocate.  His attention to detail is impeccable and his knowledge outstanding.  He is also very good with clients – empathetic but firm when needed.
    Ranked: Tier 5
    Iain Daniels – 2 Hare CourtHe is always well prepared and extremely personable. He is fearless in standing up to coroners, and has a nice manner about him in terms of his advocacy style.
    Ranked: Tier 5
    Paul Renteurs – 2 Hare CourtPaul is excellent at dealing with fragile clients, and navigating them through their evidence and the inquest process.
    Ranked: Tier 5



    Provides good all-round coverage in the health and safety, crime and inquest sectors.

    2 HC is a pre-eminent set. There is a diverse range of expertise from counsel who are truly exceptional.

    Clearly very good for inquests and inquiries.

    Strength in depth and extremely reliable.

    2 Hare Court is an impressive set with numerous excellent barristers.


    Great clerking.  Louis Lockwood is particularly efficient and helpful.

    London Bar > Consumer

    Leading Juniors

    Richard Heller2 Hare Court ‘He is eminently familiar with all aspects of consumer and trading law.’
    Ranked: Tier 1

    London Bar > Police law (claimant)

    London Bar > Police law (forces and constables)

    Described by The Legal 500 2023 as “one of the leading criminal sets in London, if not the leader. It excels in its training programmes and its depth of representation from leader to junior” and “An excellent set of chambers often appearing in the most high profile criminal cases” housing the “Who’s Who of top criminal practitioners. It has the wow factor and is rightly viewed as one of the very best criminal sets”.  2 Hare Court are “my go-to chambers for all cases, large or small. The strength in depth they have is unrivalled” and “excellent, intelligent, strategic and approachable barristers”. 

    The set: Chambers comprises 72 tenants including 23 King’s Counsel and 12 members who sit as recorders. Many former members of chambers have become High Court and District Judges. Chambers provides counsel of first choice to leading defence firms as well as principal prosecuting authorities in London, nationwide and abroad. It has a proven track record of delivering the highest standards of service to clients, together with excellence in advocacy and trial management in cases of the utmost gravity and complexity.

    2 Hare Court has been recognised consistently as one of the UK’s leading chambers specialising in crime, business crime, private prosecution, financial services, tax, professional discipline, health and safety, regulatory law, inquests and inquiries, sports law and other related fields. Our members and set alike have been shortlisted for numerous awards in both the Legal 500 and Chambers UK and are previous winners of Chambers UK Crime Set of the Year 2020.

    The set’s barristers provide early and strategic analysis and advice, as well as advocacy of the highest quality where cases cannot be resolved at an early stage and need to progress to trial. Other quotes in Chambers UK 2022 say “first class in every way from the top silks down to the pupils.” and “One of the very best criminal sets, it is brimful of talent”.  Other sources say “the magic circle of regulatory chambers….an exceptionally strong set”.

    “The clerks are top notch as are all staff who work at chambers” and “The clerking team is excellent, commercial and approachable with a can do attitude”. Director of Clerking Julian Campbell “is particularly exceptional, making an effort to respond promptly to requests and going above and beyond to provide support” and leads the clerking team supported by Jack Shah, the Senior Practice Clerk. Other quotes for the clerking team include: “Louis Lockwood in particular is excellent” and “Chloe Skinsgley is a very diligent and approachable clerk…a hidden gem and asset to chambers”

    More information on its barristers and work can be found at www.2harecourt.com.

    Types of work undertaken
    Crime: the strength and depth of experience among 2 Hare Court’s specialist advocates sees them advising, defending and prosecuting in all forms of criminal work, particularly in serious and complex cases of terrorism (including special advocate work), murder, honour killings, international drug and human trafficking, serious organised crime and sexual offences (especially historic). Recent cases include: National action terrorism matters, the murder of PC Andrew Harper, Dr Agnes Taylor torture case (wife of former leader of Liberia Charles Taylor), Charles Riddington Double K Gym murder, Alex King hoax Novichok poisoning in Salisbury (whilst on the run for a large scale drugs supply case), career conman Mark Acklom, prosecuting tube bomb plotter Damon Smith, murdered French nanny Sophie Lionnet, Finsbury Park attacker Darren Osbourne, the Rolf Harris appeal, prosecuting Britain’s ‘worst ever paedophile’ Richard Huckle, Grindr serial killer Stephen Port, Honey Rose (the first optometrist to be convicted of gross negligence manslaughter), Brooks (phone hacking), Lee Rigby Murder and Operation Yew Tree.

    Business crime and financial services: members of chambers are routinely instructed in the largest and most complex financial crime cases. Its experience includes all forms of fraud, MTIC/VAT tribunal hearings, market abuse (insider dealing, LIBOR and manipulation of other benchmark rates), asset recovery/forfeiture and restraint/confiscation proceedings. Recent cases include: ICO v Cambridge Analytica, Operation Amazon, the SFO’s investigation into Rolls Royce,  FOREX, ‘Blue Index’, BA price fixing case, Operation Tabernula,  the HBOS corruption trial, Turks and Caicos corruption cases, SFO v Tchenguiz, lnnospec, and MP/Lords’ expenses.

    Private prosecution: 2 Hare Court is a pioneering set in the area of private prosecution and their private prosecution team have considerable experience of advising and representing clients on both sides of private prosecutions. Numerous members are senior former and current prosecutors, including those who have acted as First Senior, Senior and Junior Treasury Counsel. Recent cases: Swiss oil company Allseas Group  (largest privately prosecuted fraud to have ever been brought), R v K (private prosecution brought following long running civil fraud proceedings, R v G, H & A (defence of a privately prosecuted fraud).

    Professional discipline: members have extensive expertise in this field, appearing, in particular, before all healthcare regulators, primarily defending members of all the major MDOs as well as other professionals. The set also appears in proceedings involving the police, accountants and actuaries, tax advisers, solicitors, sports professionals, telecommunications and others.

    Regulatory crime: Members of 2 Hare Court advise and represent corporate and individual clients facing proceedings brought by regulators including the Health & Safety Executive, Environment Agency, Trading Standards and local authorities. The team advises at every stage of an investigation pre-charge on issues such as the approach to take in interview, evidence gathering and legal privilege. Recent cases: Grenfell, Chevron, Topcon, Monovan, Hillsborough, Essar Oil, Princes Sporting Club, Lion Steel, Cavendish Masonry and Hugo Boss.

    Inquests: 2 Hare Court has a team of specialists with extensive experience of advocacy. Members of the Inquest & Public Inquiry team have acted in the most complex and high profile cases of recent times, including; the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, the In Amenas hostage crisis, the London 7/7 bombings, the Bloody Sunday Inquiry, the London Bridge and Westminster terrorist attacks, acting for the family of Lance Corporal Craig Roberts one of three soldiers who died of heat illness on an SAS selection test in the Brecon Beacons and representing the family of Alexander Perepilichny, who died in unexplained circumstances. Public inquiries have included the Grenfell fire, Manchester arena bombing, inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko, the former Russian FSB agent allegedly poisoned by Polonium 210 in London, as well as various members instructed on the long running Hillsborough inquest.

    Tax: With a long established background in tax litigation, the team at 2 Hare Court have established a formidable reputation in cases involving disputes in direct and indirect tax appeals. The disputes span the full spectrum of tax litigation before the First-tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber), Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber) and Court of Appeal, where members are instructed both by Taxpayers and by the Commissioners for HM Revenue and Customs.

    Sports law: Members of 2 Hare Court are instructed in cases involving gambling regulation, corruption, inquests and public inquiries, anti-doping, licensing, On-field and off-field violence, disorder by athletes. Members of the sports team regularly appear before the Football Association, the British Horse Racing Authority, International Association of Athletics Federations, National Anti-Doping Panel, to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Recent cases:  FA v Tony Henry, BHA v Jim & Suzie Best, BHA v Jim Best, FA v Joey Barton, IAAF v Valentin Balakhnichev & Ors and Hillsborough.

    Director of Clerking Julian Campbell
    Members of Chambers LAIDLAW KC, Jonathan (1982)
    Members of Chambers HESLOP KC, Martin (1972)
    Members of Chambers WRIGHT KC, Peter (1981)
    Members of Chambers RADCLIFFE KC, Andrew (1975)
    Members of Chambers PICKUP KC, James (1976)
    Members of Chambers POWNALL KC, Orlando (1975)
    Members of Chambers HICKS KC, Martin (1977)
    Members of Chambers BENNETT-JENKINS KC, Sallie (1984)
    Members of Chambers KELLY KC, Brendan (1988)
    Members of Chambers REES KC, Jonathan (1987)
    Members of Chambers O'NEILL KC, Brian (1987)
    Members of Chambers BLACKWELL KC, Kate (1992)
    Members of Chambers KINNEAR KC, Jonathan (1994)
    Members of Chambers HAYTON KC, Michael (1993)
    Members of Chambers COLTART KC, Christopher (1998)
    Members of Chambers GLASGOW KC, Oliver (1995)
    Members of Chambers WHITTAKER KC, David (1986)
    Members of Chambers AHMAD KC, Zubair (1995)
    Members of Chambers GRAFFIUS KC, Mark (1990)
    Members of Chambers KAZAKOS KC, Leon (1999)
    Members of Chambers LAMBIS KC, Marios (1989)
    Members of Chambers YOUNG KC, Gudrun (2001)
    Members of Chambers AKUDOLU KC, Nneka (2002
    Members of Chambers COLMAN, Andrew (1980)
    Members of Chambers BELGER, Tyrone (1984)
    Members of Chambers GILLESPIE, Christopher (1991)
    Members of Chambers GRAY KC (Scotland), Peter (1992)
    Members of Chambers FERGUSON, Craig (1992)
    Members of Chambers DANIELS, Iain (1992)
    Members of Chambers BUCHANAN, James (1993)
    Members of Chambers FOULKES, Christopher (1994)
    Members of Chambers BRASSINGTON, Stephen (1994)
    Members of Chambers IRWIN, Gavin (1996)
    Members of Chambers IVILL, Scott (1997)
    Members of Chambers WOLFE, Madeleine (1998)
    Members of Chambers HELLER, Richard (1998)
    Members of Chambers LOWNDS, Peter (1998)
    Members of Chambers HAWKINS, Quinn (1999)
    Members of Chambers BUNYAN, Angus (1999)
    Members of Chambers RINDER, Robert (2001)
    Members of Chambers RAWLINSON, Michael (2002)
    Members of Chambers HUMMERSTONE, Rebekah (2002)
    Members of Chambers FAURE WALKER, Julia (2004)
    Members of Chambers TANCHEL, Vivienne (2005)
    Members of Chambers PRZYBYLSKA, Sarah (2006)
    Members of Chambers CHADWICK, Daniel (2006)
    Members of Chambers DUMMETT, Emily (2006)
    Members of Chambers BENTLEY, Harry (2007)
    Members of Chambers TAMPAKOPOULOS, Alexandra (2007)
    Members of Chambers ROBERTSON, Fiona (2008)DAY, Tom (2008)
    Members of Chambers DAY, Tom (2008)
    Members of Chambers GEERING, Christopher (2009)
    Members of Chambers RICH, Ben (2010)
    Members of Chambers MARTIN, Will (2010)
    Members of Chambers MCNEILL, Nikita (2010)
    Members of Chambers STEPHENSON, Laura (2012)
    Members of Chambers ERKAN-BAX, Rebecca (2012)
    Members of Chambers Van WOODENBERG, Merry (2012)
    Members of Chambers DOWER, Sophia (2013)
    Members of Chambers RENTEURS, Paul (2013)
    Members of Chambers DACRE, Robert (2013)
    Members of Chambers MACDONALD, Lewis (2014)
    Members of Chambers FORBES, Grace (2015)
    Members of Chambers THOMAS, Hannah (2016)
    Members of Chambers GOMERSALL, Neelam (2017)
    Members of Chambers MILLS, Max (2018)
    Members of Chambers TRAYNOR, Redmond (2019)
    Members of Chambers GILLILAND, Jack (2019)
    Members of Chambers PICKERING, Ralph (2021)
    Members of Chambers FOX, Eleanor (2021)
    Members of Chambers MULLIN, Daniel (2021)
    Members of Chambers RIPPER, Ella (2021)
    Zubair Ahmad photo Zubair AhmadZubair Ahmad KC is widely recognised as a leading silk in serious…
    Nneka Akudolu photo Nneka AkudoluAppointed King’s Counsel in 2022, Nneka is a highly respected jury advocate…
    Tyrone Belger photo Tyrone BelgerTyrone Belger is a specialist crime and fraud practitioner, with a well-known…
    Sallie Bennett-Jenkins photo Sallie Bennett-Jenkins‘A first class act’; Sallie Bennett-Jenkins KC has throughout her career established…
    Harry Bentley photo Harry BentleyHarry’s areas of practice are Regulatory law, Professional Discipline and Crime. His…
    Kate Blackwell photo Kate BlackwellKate is one of the UK’s leading silks specialising in criminal law…
    Stephen Brassington photo Stephen BrassingtonStephen Brassington is rightly regarded as one of the leading practitioners in…
    James Buchanan photo James BuchananJames Buchanan is recognised as a leading criminal and inquest practitioner, specialising…
    Angus Bunyan photo Angus BunyanAngus Bunyan is an established leading junior whose practice is focused on…
    Daniel Chadwick photo Daniel ChadwickDaniel Chadwick is a specialist criminal defence barrister with a practice exclusively…
    Andrew Colman photo Andrew ColmanAndrew Colman is a leading junior of great intellect and experience, held…
    Christopher Coltart photo Christopher ColtartChristopher’s background was originally in commercial property litigation. During that time, he…
    Robert Dacre photo Robert DacreRobert specialises in crime, professional discipline, inquests and regulatory law. He is…
    Iain Daniels photo Iain DanielsIain is a senior junior practicing in health and safety matters, including…
    Tom Day photo Tom DayTom is recognised as a leading junior who specialises in regulatory crime…
    Sophia Dower photo Sophia DowerSophia enjoys a diverse practice that encompasses many areas of 2 Hare…
    Emily Dummett photo Emily DummettEmily has significant experience and expertise in providing advice and advocacy in…
    Rebecca Erkan-Bax photo Rebecca Erkan-BaxRebecca has a successful and substantial criminal practice. She is a formidable…
    Julia Faure Walker photo Julia Faure WalkerJulia is ranked by Chambers UK and The Legal 500 as a…
    Craig Ferguson photo Craig FergusonCraig Ferguson is a highly experienced defence practitioner who has, for many…
    Grace Forbes photo Grace ForbesGrace specialises in criminal law, inquires, inquests and professional discipline. She is…
    Christopher Foulkes photo Christopher FoulkesChristopher Foulkes specialises in business crime and related areas. He advises and…
    Eleanor Fox photo Eleanor FoxEleanor Fox accepted tenancy in March 2023, following the successful completion of…
    Christopher Geering photo Christopher GeeringChristopher is a highly respected junior with experience dealing with a wide…
    Christopher Gillespie photo Christopher GillespieAfter twenty years of experience defending and prosecuting serious crime, Chris now…
    Jack Gilliland photo Jack GillilandJack Gilliland joined 2 Hare Court in March 2021 and has now…
    Oliver Glasgow photo Oliver GlasgowOliver Glasgow KC was appointed Senior Treasury Counsel in 2015, King’s Counsel…
    Oliver Glasgow photo Oliver GlasgowOliver Glasgow KC was appointed Senior Treasury Counsel in 2015, King’s Counsel…
    Neelam Gomersall photo Neelam GomersallNeelam joined chambers in March 2021 following successful completion of her pupillage.…
    Mark Graffius photo Mark GraffiusMark Graffius KC is a ‘an outstanding advocate’ in the fields of…
    Peter Gray photo Peter GrayPeter Gray KC (2002 Scotland) is a leading practitioner in regulatory crime…
    Quinn Hawkins photo Quinn HawkinsQuinn Hawkins is a leading criminal junior who specialises in substantial cases…
    Michael Hayton photo Michael HaytonMichael Hayton KC’s practice in silk is primarily defending clients as part…
    Richard Heller photo Richard HellerRichard is a specialist practitioner with substantial experience across the full range…
    Martin Heslop photo Martin HeslopMartin is widely recognised as one of the Leading Silks at the…
    Martin Hicks photo Martin HicksMartin Hicks KC is consistently recommended by the leading industry directories as…
    Rebekah Hummerstone photo Rebekah HummerstoneRebekah Hummerstone is instructed as a leading or sole junior to prosecute…
    Gavin Irwin photo Gavin IrwinGavin specialises in advising and representing businesses and professionals with a particular…
    Scott Ivill photo Scott IvillMr Ivill has vast experience of defending in the gravest of cases.…
    Leon Kazakos photo Leon KazakosPrior to taking silk Leon was shortlisted for Crime Junior of the…
    Brendan Kelly photo Brendan KellyBrendan Kelly KC is described by the leading industry directory as having…
    Jonathan Kinnear photo Jonathan KinnearJonathan Kinnear KC specialises in matters of real financial complexity, representing individuals…
    Jonathan Laidlaw photo Jonathan LaidlawJonathan Laidlaw KC’s practice is predominantly in business and financial crime and…
    Marios Lambis photo Marios LambisOriginally from a criminal practice, which encompassed major frauds and terrorist cases,…
    Peter Lownds photo Peter LowndsPeter Lownds has a high-profile and wide-ranging leading junior criminal defence practice…
    Lewis MacDonald photo Lewis MacDonaldLewis practices in serious crime and business crime, asset forfeiture, tax, professional…
    Will Martin photo Will MartinWill Martin is a highly regarded junior, ranked in the Legal 500…
    Nikita McNeill photo Nikita McNeillNikita has a strong record of high-profile inquests and public inquiries. She…
    Max Mills photo Max MillsMax Mills represents individuals, companies and government departments in a multi-disciplinary practice…
    Daniel Mullin photo Daniel MullinDaniel joined 2 Hare Court in September 2021 and has now accepted…
    Brian O'Neill photo Brian O'NeillNow in his thirteenth year in Silk, Brian provides advice and advocacy…
    Ralph Pickering photo Ralph PickeringRalph joined 2 Hare Court in March 2021 and has now accepted tenancy at…
    James Pickup photo James PickupJames Pickup KC has long been established as a specialist in commercial…
    Orlando Pownall photo Orlando PownallOrlando is ‘regarded by his peers as being one of the best…
    Sarah Przybylska photo Sarah PrzybylskaSarah Przybylska’s work encompasses advice and advocacy across professional discipline, fraud, crime,…
    Andrew Radcliffe photo Andrew RadcliffeAndrew Radcliffe KC is predominantly a white collar crime fraud specialist, who…
    Michael Rawlinson photo Michael RawlinsonFrom a background defending and prosecuting serious crime, Michael has developed a…
    Jonathan Rees photo Jonathan ReesAt the end of July 2020, Jonny was appointed as Director of…
    Paul Renteurs photo Paul RenteursPaul Renteurs joined chambers in 2014. Whilst specialising in criminal defence and…
    Ben Rich photo Ben RichBen has a substantial practice appearing before Panels of a variety of…
    Robert Rinder MBE photo Robert Rinder MBERobert Rinder’s practice focuses primarily on international fraud, money laundering, and other…
    Ella Ripper photo Ella RipperElla joined 2 Hare Court in September 2021 and has now accepted…
    Fiona Robertson photo Fiona RobertsonFiona Robertson is a highly sought after junior with a diverse criminal…
    Laura Stephenson photo Laura StephensonLaura has a busy and diverse practice, specialising in crime, professional discipline,…
    Alexandra Tampakopoulos photo Alexandra TampakopoulosAlexandra is a leading criminal regulatory and inquest & public inquiry barrister.…
    Vivienne Tanchel photo Vivienne TanchelVivienne is ranked in band 1 by Chambers and Partners for Financial…
    Hannah Thomas photo Hannah ThomasSince joining Chambers in March 2019 Hannah has established a busy practice…
    Redmond Traynor photo Redmond TraynorRedmond joined 2 Hare Court in March 2021 following the successful completion…
    David Whittaker photo David WhittakerDavid Whittaker KC has considerable experience in most forms of serious crime.…
    Madeleine Wolfe photo Madeleine WolfeMadeleine Wolfe is a specialist in defending and prosecuting complex and highly…
    Peter Wright photo Peter WrightPeter Wright KC is cited by Chambers UK, the Legal 500 and…
    Gudrun Young photo Gudrun YoungGudrun Young KC is a highly specialised criminal advocate. She has extensive…
    Merry van Woodenberg photo Merry van WoodenbergMerry specialises in serious and complex crime, and regulation. She has particular…
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    We are fully committed to equal treatment in all aspects of our work and practices.

    This is reflected in our overarching Equality and Diversity strategy. We have a committed and proactive Equality, Diversity and Social Responsibility group, overseeing all aspects of Diversity, Equality, Wellbeing and Environmental awareness.

    We dedicate significant time and attention towards fair recruitment, to encourage and achieve the recruitment at all levels of talented individuals from minority groups that are currently under-represented. All members who play a role in recruitment are given specific Equality & Diversity training. We are involved, either as partners or through members of Chambers volunteering, in a number of outreach and social mobility programmes:

    • Kalisher Trust
    • The Pegasus Access and Support Scheme (PASS) run by Inner Temple
    • Young Citizens
    • Bridging the Bar
    • Urban Lawyers
    • BME Legal
    • Bar Placement Week
    • Women in Criminal Law Group
    • I am the Bar
    • Barristers in Schools

    In addition to a comprehensive Equality & Diversity Policy, we have dedicated policies and charters addressing:

    • Parental leave, career breaks and flexible working hours
    • Career progression and mentoring
    • Mental health
    • Wellbeing
    • Anti-harassment and anti-bullying
    • Complaints

    These apply to all barristers and staff and are designed to ensure that no form of discrimination, whether direct or indirect, is permitted or practised within Chambers, and that the effect of any discriminatory practice by any individual or organisation with whom we have contact, is negated.

    We have two Equality and Diversity officers with direct responsibility for ensuring that our policies are respected and implemented.

    We know that discrimination and inequality appear in many forms and may be difficult to recognise. Education, training and consultation are therefore central to our strategy. We employ external specialists to assist us, and we review guidance from the Bar Council and other organisations within the justice system. All of our policies are regularly reviewed and revised.

    In accordance with Bar Standards Board Handbook Rule C110.3, we publish a summary of the Diversity Data of our members and staff. That summary may be accessed here.


    2 Hare Court is dedicated to the core values of corporate social responsibility (CSR). We take part in a range of charity initiatives that benefit others. Many of our barristers undertake sporting challenges to raise money for various charitable organisations, supported by chambers.

    We are aware of the environmental impact of our office waste and re-use and recycle wherever possible. We also regularly donate furniture and materials to the British Heart Foundation.

    Many of our barristers provide pro bono advice to those who cannot afford legal representation.

    We are keen to work together with our clients on their CSR programmes, if you would like to know more please contact us.