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Chambers of Jonathan Laidlaw KC
2 Hare Court


Jonathan Laidlaw KC’s practice is predominantly in business and financial crime and in defending directors and companies. Much of his work, both for individuals and corporates here and abroad, is pre-charge and advisory in nature. He also appears in regulatory proceedings, public inquiries, major inquests, sporting tribunals and is asked to produce reports in silk-led inquiries and to provide advice to litigants in commercial litigation considering launching private prosecutions.


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


  • 2013: Head of Chambers
  • 2008-2010: First Senior Treasury Counsel
  • 2008: King’s Counsel
  • 2000-2008: Senior Treasury Counsel
  • 1995-2000: Junior Treasury Counsel
  • 1995: Recorder
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Private Prosecution Association
  • Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Health & Safety Lawyers Association
  • South Eastern Circuit
  • ARDL

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Inquests and inquiries

(Leading Silks)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. ’

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.

London Bar > Professional disciplinary and regulatory law

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Jonathan Laidlaw KC2 Hare Court

London Bar > Fraud: crime

(Leading Silks)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.’

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

(Leading Silks)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.

London Bar > Health and safety

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Jonathan Laidlaw KC2 Hare Court

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.

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks)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.’

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.