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Chambers of Jonathan Laidlaw QC

TEMPLE, LONDON, EC4Y 7BH, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7353 5324
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Fax 020 7353 0667
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444 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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www.2harecourt.com

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

A β€˜first-class’ crime set, 2 Hare Court β€˜will not let you down’. The breadth of experience of counsel β€˜means they can assist with simply anything’ and, to some, it is the β€˜first port of call, especially when looking to instruct capable and polished juniors’. In addition, chambers’ β€˜knowledge in indirect tax evasion is second to none’. Its members are said to β€˜precisely identify the difficulties found in a matter and provide a strategic pathway to success’ in general crime, fraud and regulatory issues. The clerks are β€˜some of the most open and approachable in the profession’. Director of clerking Julian Campbell and senior practice clerk Ben Heaviside β€˜get the job done’ by β€˜working fantastically as a team to ensure the smooth running of both chambers and cases’. Heaviside is β€˜one of the best clerks in the industry’ and resolves problem in β€˜an efficient, professional and productive manner’; β€˜there are not many clerks who take such an active approach and take such interest in each matter’. Meanwhile, practice clerk Tara Shah is β€˜extremely organised, always happy to help and quick to answer any queries’. β€˜It is a first-class set from beginning to end and they never let you down.’ Offices in: London

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London Bar

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)
Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

2 Hare Court

2 Hare Court includes a range of members and juniors who primarily defend in financial crime cases. Jonathan Laidlaw QC continues to advise a founder of ENRC in the SFO investigation into the company, while Orlando Pownall QC represented Ke Xu, a former hedge fund employee convicted in 2015 of copying his employer’s fund algorithms, in a subsequent case over a serious crime prevention order concerning his surrender of computers and return of intellectual property.

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

Christopher Coltart QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜A dedicated and gifted member of the Bar – his main strength is his attention to detail.’

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Radcliffe QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜An absolutely beautiful presenter of a case.’

Ranked: tier 3

Brendan Kelly QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜He really gets under the skin of a case, and knows when to sit tight and when to go on the attack.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jonathan Laidlaw QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜He does a fantastic job, even in the face of overwhelming cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jonathan Kinnear QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜His work includes international bribery cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Orlando Pownall QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜The speed of his understanding on the complex issues in a case is outstanding.’

Ranked: tier 3
Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – Leading juniors

Vivienne Tanchel - 2 Hare Court β€˜Extraordinarily hardworking, dedicated and thorough.’

Ranked: tier 1

Angus Bunyan - 2 Hare Court β€˜Devastating in his cross-examination.’

Ranked: tier 3

Christopher Foulkes - 2 Hare Court β€˜His practice includes heavyweight prosecution work.’

Ranked: tier 3

Gavin Irwin - 2 Hare Court β€˜He stands out for his impressively logical and deft technical approach to cases, coupled with his unrivalled ability to be disarmingly persuasive.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Crime (general crime)
Crime (general crime) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

2 Hare Court

2 Hare Court, which has a track record of handling heavyweight prosecution and private defence work, is β€˜a set with an excellent reputation in criminal law with some of the best barristers at the Bar’. Jonathan Rees QC prosecuted Darren Osbourne, who was convicted of murdering one and injuring eleven by driving a van at a group of worshippers near Finsbury Park Mosque. Brendan Kelly QC is also qualified in Northern Ireland, where he successfully defended USA Perpignan fly-half Paddy Jackson (then playing for Ulster and Ireland), who was acquitted of rape in a case that attracted significant media attention.

Crime (general crime) – Leading silks

Jonathan Rees QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜Very intelligent, fair as a prosecutor and gets the jury eating out of his hands.’

Ranked: tier 1

Orlando Pownall QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜His work has included sexual offence and violence cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Sallie Bennett-Jenkins QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜She has a great way with clients and judges.’

Ranked: tier 1

Brendan Kelly QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜An extremely charismatic and powerful advocate with great courtroom presence.’

Ranked: tier 2

Brian O’Neill QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜A hardcore, hard-man prosecutor for real murder cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Martin Hicks QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜The complete package: oodles of charm and very authoritative.’

Ranked: tier 3

Oliver Glasgow QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜A senior treasury counsel instructed in serious cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Peter Wright QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜He prosecutes murder cases.’

Ranked: tier 3
Crime (general crime) – 2017 silks

Naeem Mian QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜A highly accomplished and persuasive advocate able to communicate effectively with clients.’

Ranked: tier 1
Crime (general crime) – Leading juniors

Leon Kazakos - 2 Hare Court β€˜An excellent tactician, he is the hardest-working and most user-friendly barrister solicitors know.’

Ranked: tier 2

Scott Ivill - 2 Hare Court β€˜His assets are his great calmness under fire and the rapport he can build up with clients.’

Ranked: tier 2

Zubair Ahmad - 2 Hare Court β€˜Trusted by the CPS with serious cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Angus Bunyan - 2 Hare Court β€˜An incredibly hard worker, he stays on top of every page of evidence.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Whittaker - 2 Hare Court β€˜Simply the most capable advocate around.’

Ranked: tier 3

Fiona Robertson - 2 Hare Court β€˜Her ability to get the best out of each client is one of her greatest assets.’

Ranked: tier 3

Gudrun Young - 2 Hare Court β€˜Extremely talented – she is good with clients, hardworking and puts effort into everything.’

Ranked: tier 3

Harry Bentley - 2 Hare Court β€˜He provides very methodical and considered opinions and is never flustered by the most complex cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Julia Faure Walker - 2 Hare Court β€˜Instructed by the CPS as a junior in high-profile cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Narita Bahra - 2 Hare Court β€˜A very capable and formidable advocate who is incredibly hardworking and tenacious.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sarah Przybylska - 2 Hare Court β€˜The complete package: devastatingly efficient and effective.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Fraud: crime
Fraud: crime – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

2 Hare Court

2 Hare Court is an β€˜extremely good set of barristers – they make solicitors want to instruct them time and time again’. Members were instructed on both side of Allseas Group’s private prosecution of Paul Sultana, who was convicted of and sentenced to eight years imprisonment for an investment fraud that caused Allseas to lose €100m; Jonathan Laidlaw QC for the prosecution, and Martin Hicks QC and Vivienne Tanchel for the defence. Meanwhile, Andrew Radcliffe QC represented a 65-year-old chartered accountant who was acquitted in the Operation Amazon trial after the jury failed to agree and the prosecution offered no further evidence.

Fraud: crime – Leading silks

Jonathan Laidlaw QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜A model of clarity and precision in his submissions and questioning of witnesses.’

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Radcliffe QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜Instructed in long-running fraud cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Brendan Kelly QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜He commands the complete confidence of his audience, and clients love him.’

Ranked: tier 2

Brian O’Neill QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜Consistently good – he never lets solicitors down.’

Ranked: tier 2

Martin Hicks QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜A well-established and recognised criminal silk.’

Ranked: tier 2

Orlando Pownall QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜A formidable and well-respected advocate, and an amazing tactician.’

Ranked: tier 2

Christopher Coltart QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜Unflappable, responsive, humane and technically brilliant.’

Ranked: tier 3
Fraud: crime – Leading juniors

Vivienne Tanchel - 2 Hare Court β€˜She handles work including heavyweight private prosecutions.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Whittaker - 2 Hare Court β€˜A constant joy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3

Angus Bunyan - 2 Hare Court β€˜Instructed as a leading junior in challenging fraud cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

Gavin Irwin - 2 Hare Court β€˜Sharp, shrewd and eloquent.’

Ranked: tier 4

Julia Faure Walker - 2 Hare Court β€˜Instructed by the CPS in challenging cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

Leon Kazakos - 2 Hare Court β€˜He defends in various fraud cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

Narita Bahra - 2 Hare Court β€˜She defends in money laundering, grant funding and phishing cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

Peter Lownds - 2 Hare Court β€˜Even with impossible cases and nightmare lay clients, he is effective with limited tools.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Health and safety
Health and safety – Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

2 Hare Court

2 Hare Court β€˜continues to build its regulatory practice and grows its reputation’ with members handling corporate manslaughter investigations, serious injury issues and non-fatal accidents. A recent example includes Jonathan Laidlaw QC acting for Hugo Boss in a fatality case.

Health and safety – Leading silks

Jonathan Laidlaw QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜He is an excellent negotiator.’

Ranked: tier 2
Health and safety – Leading juniors

Craig Ferguson - 2 Hare Court β€˜He is detailed, personable, commercial and pragmatic in his approach.’

Ranked: tier 3

Alexandra Tampakopoulos - 2 Hare Court β€˜Instructed in numerous high-profile cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

James Buchanan - 2 Hare Court β€˜A charming advocate who benefits from his criminal law background.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Inquests and inquiries
Inquests and inquiries – Leading silks

Jonathan Laidlaw QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜He is an outstanding advocate and has a good feel for cross-examination.’

Ranked: tier 3
Inquests and inquiries – Leading juniors

Alexandra Tampakopoulos - 2 Hare Court β€˜She is a highly impressive first-choice junior for inquiry and inquest work.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Licensing
Licensing – Leading silks

Martin Heslop QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜Amazing knowledge of case and complete grasp of all relevant points.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Professional discipline and regulatory law
Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

2 Hare Court

2 Hare Court β€˜has a very wide selection of counsel to offer, who are all very experienced before professional tribunals and the criminal courts’. Much work concerns the defence of medics, but also some work concerning teachers and osteopaths. Andrew Colman represented a GP who received a suspension of only three months for supplying illegal drugs to family members via fake prescriptions to homeless patients. Meanwhile, Christopher Gillespie represented the NCTL in securing adverse findings against a teacher, the only defendant not to have the case against them dropped following publication of a manifesto for an Islamist take-over of state schools in Birmingham, now widely regarded to be a hoax.

Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading silks

Christopher Coltart QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜His attention to detail and strategic acumen are unrivalled.’

Ranked: tier 4
Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading juniors

Andrew Colman - 2 Hare Court β€˜His advocacy is smooth, persuasive and firm when required.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stephen Brassington - 2 Hare Court β€˜Brilliant on his feet and devastating in cross-examination.’

Ranked: tier 1

Marios Lambis - 2 Hare Court β€˜Charming and persuasive in front of the disciplinary tribunals.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Hurst - 2 Hare Court β€˜Endlessly patient, he is an excellent choice of counsel for anxious clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Scott Ivill - 2 Hare Court β€˜His smooth and confident style easily gains the confidence of his clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sarah Przybylska - 2 Hare Court β€˜A consummate professional: charming, courteous and engaging to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3

Christopher Gillespie - 2 Hare Court β€˜His advocacy demonstrates patience, courtesy and realism in managing unpredictable witnesses.’

Ranked: tier 4

Christopher Geering - 2 Hare Court β€˜He appears on both sides of the fence in medical and white-collar regulators.’

Ranked: tier 4

Tom Day - 2 Hare Court β€˜He prosecutes for the GDC, GOC and NCTL.’

Ranked: tier 4

Vivienne Tanchel - 2 Hare Court β€˜She both prosecutes and defends before medical regulators.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Set overviews: England and Wales

A β€˜first-class’ crime set, 2 Hare Court β€˜will not let you down’. The breadth of experience of counsel β€˜means they can assist with simply anything’ and, to some, it is the β€˜first port of call, especially when looking to instruct capable and polished juniors’. In addition, chambers’ β€˜knowledge in indirect tax evasion is second to none’. Its members are said to β€˜precisely identify the difficulties found in a matter and provide a strategic pathway to success’ in general crime, fraud and regulatory issues. The clerks are β€˜some of the most open and approachable in the profession’. Director of clerking Julian Campbell and senior practice clerk Ben Heaviside β€˜get the job done’ by β€˜working fantastically as a team to ensure the smooth running of both chambers and cases’. Heaviside is β€˜one of the best clerks in the industry’ and resolves problem in β€˜an efficient, professional and productive manner’; β€˜there are not many clerks who take such an active approach and take such interest in each matter’. Meanwhile, practice clerk Tara Shah is β€˜extremely organised, always happy to help and quick to answer any queries’. β€˜It is a first-class set from beginning to end and they never let you down.’ Offices in: London

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Sport
Sport – Leading silks

Christopher Coltart QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜A superb intellect who gets results.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jonathan Laidlaw QC - 2 Hare Court β€˜A great advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

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