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Chambers of Jonathan Laidlaw KC
2 Hare Court


Brendan Kelly KC is described by the leading industry directory as having “a phenomenal court presence”. Brendan’s practice focuses on the provision of advice and advocacy in cases of fraud, serious crime, and regulatory law. As well as representing individuals, he is also sought out by regulated professionals for cases arising in the workplace. He also regularly advises and represents corporate clients, as well as their individual directors and officers (both in the UK and abroad), in all aspects of business crime.

More recently Brendan has been in considerable demand within the Civil jurisdiction representing a Russian National in The London Court of International Arbitration and latterly several Middle Eastern Clients in ongoing fraud matters which are the subject of litigation in The High Court in London.


Year of Call 1988; Grays Inn; South Eastern Circuit; Recorder 2003; King’s Counsel 2008.


  • 2008: Recorder
  • 2011: Called to the Northern Irish Bar
  • South Eastern Circuit
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Financial Services Lawyers’ Association

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Brendan Kelly KC –2 Hare CourtBrendan is a top-notch advocate, who gets the jury on board right from the off.’

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

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Brendan Kelly KC2 Hare CourtA top notch advocate, who clearly gets the jury on board right from the off.’

London Bar > Fraud: crime

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.