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Chambers of Jonathan Laidlaw QC
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London Bar > Crime Tier 1

2 Hare Court‘s team is highly regarded for its strength in handling a broad range of prosecution and defence work, with noted expertise in handling instructions within the private prosecutions space. Recent instructions include David Whittaker QC and Harry Bentley representing Warren Barnes in the long-running Operation Leopard case, a Greater Manchester police investigation into what was described as “Salford gang warfare”, and included the murder of Paul Massey, who was standing for Mayor of Salford at the time of his death; Barnes was acquitted of conspiracy to murder. Also of note, the ‘brilliant‘ Gudrun Young QC, unled, successfully represented former Wheel of Fortune presenter John Leslie, who was acquitted on charges concerning an alleged sexual assault in 2008. In April 2022 Madeleine Wolfe joined from 23ES.

Leading Silks

Orlando Pownall QC - 2 Hare CourtHis cross-examinations are carefully crafted and at times ruthless.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jonathan Rees QC2 Hare CourtJonathan is one of the best Leading Counsel in criminal litigation. Highly adept in Court, his key strengths are thorough preparation, strategy, and ability to steer the course of proceedings in the most favourable way. He has the respect of courts and prosecutors for his clarity of legal argument where no word is wasted. There is no flannel nor bad points taken. Jonathan has been incredibly effective in my cases achieving outstanding acquittals or otherwise optimising the best outcome.
Ranked: Tier 1
Sallie Bennett-Jenkins QC2 Hare CourtSallie is a powerful and deadly advocate. Her cross-examinations are a masterclass in effective advocacy. She is 100% committed to a case.
Ranked: Tier 1
Oliver Glasgow QC - 2 Hare CourtOliver is First Senior Treasury Counsel. He is a class act. His memory is phenomenal, his command of facts is second to none, he is a first class lawyer and advocate. Forceful, direct and devastating. An opponent to be feared in court but a gent outside. Oliver is at the very top of his game.
Ranked: Tier 1
Brendan Kelly QC - 2 Hare CourtDebonair and never shies away from the fight.
Ranked: Tier 1
Zubair Ahmad QC - 2 Hare CourtHe goes in to court knowing the papers inside out and backwards.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Whittaker QC - 2 Hare CourtDavid is an exceptional barrister. He makes clients, who are charged with really serious offences, feel at ease and as though they are in safe hands. He has an exceptional ability to command a room and gain the attention of a jury, in an understated and endearing way. He is not afraid to make bold decisions at trial. He is forceful with client's whilst also demonstrating great empathy and understanding. I would not hesitate to instruct David time and again.
Ranked: Tier 3
Martin Hicks QC - 2 Hare CourtMartin is a great QC who does the work and is tenacious. He has a simple manner with clients who have his full confidence and he is never afraid to speak his mind.
Ranked: Tier 3

2020 Silks

Leon Kazakos QC - 2 Hare CourtLeon is an exceptional barrister and there is no case which he doesn't fit. He attention to detail is impeccable, his advocacy is top notch and his client care is exceptional. It is a pleasure to work with someone who is so knowledgeful but also a genuinely nice person.

2022 Silks

Gudrun Young QC2 Hare CourtGudrun is a brilliant, with straightforward communication with clients, juries and the judiciary. She is exceptionally hardworking. Gudrun is strategically astute, has a keen eye for detail and is also a persuasive advocate. She fiercely fights in her clients’ corner, but she is also respected by her opponents.
Nneka Akudolu QC - 2 Hare CourtNneka has superb attention to detail and great client care skills.

Leading Juniors

Scott Ivill - 2 Hare CourtScott 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
Julia Faure Walker2 Hare CourtJulia is a force to be reckoned with. She assuredly steers the courts away from error, and is excellent on the law orally and in writing.
Ranked: Tier 2
Peter Lownds - 2 Hare CourtPeter is client-focused in all areas of his work. He is approachable, clear and coherent in communicating his advice to all types of client. Solicitors and clients alike are completely safe in his hands. He is a joy to work with.
Ranked: Tier 3
Will Martin2 Hare CourtWill is one of the best criminal barristers of his generation and a definite star of the future. He has a very sharp intellect meaning he successfully practices across a number of areas, including crime. He is an elegant advocate who can target a good point with laser-like precision. He is one of the few juniors one could confidently entrust to conduct any aspect of a serious case including complex legal arguments before the Court of Appeal.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sarah Przybylska - 2 Hare CourtVery intelligent, calm, measured.
Ranked: Tier 3
Fiona Robertson - 2 Hare CourtShe has a wide range of experience, strong advocacy skills, excellent legal knowledge and a thorough understanding of the law. She has impeccable preparation and communication skills and is a formidable advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
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
Harry Bentley2 Hare CourtWith Harry, a belt and braces approach is taken when preparing any document for court. Everything is covered and nothing is left out. Weighty documents prepared are always commended by judges. Harry is an advocate, who always impresses, well prepared, measured and can captivate juries with a friendly manner. An advocate with presence who commands the courts respect.
Ranked: Tier 3



2 Hare Court is a stand out set in this area, with a huge array of barristers who are at the top of the field in crime and regulatory matters. They are my go to set for any case.’

It is a high quality set that is a power-house in a number of leading areas. It is a brilliantly well-rounded set.’

I use 2 Hare Court for most of my cases. They have a wide range of experienced counsel who can cover most of my matters. I have no worries when a brief has to be returned as there is always someone competent, capable and helpful to take them over.

2 Hare Court is a set I readily recommend. Very professional, with many Leading and Junior Counsel of high calibre and expertise.’

2 Hare Court are one of my Chambers I go to straight away. I have instructed many of Chambers’ junior barristers and pupils on general crime cases, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. I consider them first rate, and lovely to work with.’


I have confidence in the team of clerks who do not push for work to be given to those that are not capable, are quick to respond and assist in all scenarios. It is rare that they are not able to help us. Chloe Skingsley is particularly competent.’

London Bar > Fraud: crime Tier 1

The 'go-to set' at 2 Hare Court covers the full range of fraud matters, including boiler room scams, VAT and MTIC frauds, and Ponzi schemes, as well as all related areas of law, such as money laundering. The set has developed 'an excellent reputation' for cultivating 'talented barristers' that practice almost exclusively in complex financial crime. Brendan Kelly QC is instructed to represent a former aide to media personality and ex-husband of Petra Ecclestone James Stunt. Private prosecutions for fraud are a particular area of expertise - Jonathan Laidlaw QC is representing clothing label Supreme as prosecutor in a counterfeiting case.

Leading Silks

Jonathan Laidlaw QC2 Hare CourtA silk who remains serene under pressure, with a strong command of his brief. He is fantastic with clients, particularly in terms of being firm and confident in his advice whilst at the same time empathetic to the client’s position and circumstances.'
Ranked: Tier 1
David Whittaker QC2 Hare CourtDavid is a determined, resilient and tenacious advocate, who shows great insight into how a jury will respond. He is charming yet firm with clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Brian O’Neill QC2 Hare CourtAn exceptional counsel. He knows what works best with the bench, and has excellent case management and preparation.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Radcliffe QC2 Hare CourtHe is a highly effective advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3

2020 Silks

Leon Kazakos QC2 Hare CourtLeon is an exceptional barrister. He attention to detail is impeccable, his advocacy is top-notch and his client care is excellent.

Leading Juniors

Vivienne Tanchel2 Hare CourtVivienne is very good with client and displays extraordinary attention to detail. Her written work is top class. Her background in financial services means she readily understands the most complex of financial transactions, which clients find very reassuring.
Ranked: Tier 2
Angus Bunyan2 Hare CourtAngus is very clever, tactically astute and hard-working. A first-class advocate who prepares extremely well.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Gavin Irwin2 Hare CourtGavin is very thorough and well prepared, remains calm in any situation, and demonstrates a strong team work ethic.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Lewis MacDonald2 Hare CourtLewis is a fantastic junior.'
Ranked: Tier 4



2 Hare Court are a go-to set. With their expansion over the last few years they are able to offer a vast number of barristers who are leaders in this field.’

Well-established reputation with quality barristers.’

Very good, especially at silk level.’

A set with an excellent reputation and a host of talented barristers.

This set understands the needs of solicitors and clients. They are prepared to to go the extra mile to ensure chosen counsel is available although appropriate substitutes offered where clashes cannot be avoided.’


The senior clerk is the best in the business.’

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

2 Hare Court’s ‘top-quality crime set’ is highly regarded for its criminal fraud expertise, but handles a wide range of other offences, including anti-competitive behaviour, sanctions violations and contentious regulatory issues. Chambers is also regularly sought after for private prosecution work, which is among the areas of expertise of Jonathan Laidlaw QC and Christopher Coltart QC. In a standout ongoing highlight, Coltart is also leading Christopher Foulkes on representing a former director of Redcentric, in a case brought before the Westminster Magistrates' Court with respect to allegations of false accounting, among other charges.

Leading Silks

Christopher Coltart QC - 2 Hare CourtChris is extremely easy to work with. He works hand in glove with his solicitors, is very approachable and a joy to work with. His attention to detail is unrivalled and his preparation for trial is exemplary. He cuts through the complexity of cases and can identify potentially winning points in even the most difficult cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jonathan Kinnear QC - 2 Hare CourtExtremely bright and conscientious; off-the-chart client-care skills exuding the right mix of confidence, reassurance and top-rate advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Jonathan Laidlaw QC - 2 Hare CourtPreeminent in this field.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Vivienne Tanchel - 2 Hare CourtVivienne is an extremely hardworking and conscientious advocate who provides confident and robust advice on extremely complex matters. Fantastic in urgent business-critical situations. Unflappable, knows the law inside out and is able to apply extensive experience to quickly identify the key points in a complex problem.
Ranked: Tier 1
Christopher Foulkes - 2 Hare CourtA first-class advocate who marries the unique mix of technical brilliance with a sensible down to earth strategic approach.
Ranked: Tier 3



‘A premium set with barristers you would be happy to instruct at any level.’

‘2 Hare Court is one of the premier London criminal sets, approaching every case with a high degree of professionalism.’

‘A top-quality crime set with great strength in depth.’


‘Great clerking – very efficient and helpful.’

‘They have an excellent clerking team – always willing to go the extra mile to provide assistance. Julian Campbell does an excellent job.’ 

London Bar > Professional disciplinary and regulatory law Tier 2

Viewed as being within ‘the magic circle of regulatory chambers‘, 2 Hare Court stands out as ‘an exceptionally strong set‘ housing ‘great advocates’. Andrew Colman represented the General Pharmaceutical Council in proceedings brought against a pharmacist who was alleged to have made anti-Semitic and other offensive remarks, including blaming “Zionists” for the Grenfell Tower fire. The ‘very articulateLewis MacDonald is defending a former partner at Gibson Dunn, who was alleged to have dishonestly misled the High Court whilst acting for the Republic of Djibouti in a worldwide freezing injunction application.

Rising stars

Lewis MacDonald - 2 Hare CourtVery articulate with excellent drafting skills, Lewis is very approachable even with clients and delivers high quality professional work. Overall, he is a talented and hardworking barrister.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Christopher Coltart QC - 2 Hare CourtAn exceptional regulatory defence lawyer who is commercial and proactive; outstanding case preparation.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4

2022 Silks

Marios Lambis QC - 2 Hare CourtMarios is a natural advocate. He has a natural charm that translates well in the court room. He deals with difficult clients very adeptly and gives confidence to those he represents.

Leading Juniors

Stephen Brassington2 Hare CourtStephen is a natural advocate who manages to charm panels, juries and experts alike.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Colman2 Hare CourtAn excellently skilled advocate, able to quickly get to grips with a case and a safe pair of hands. He has extensive knowledge and expertise in this area of work which is evident in advice given.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Christopher Gillespie2 Hare CourtExtremely able, well-prepared, affable and very able. Chris is a very polished performer. He is thorough, careful and right.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Vivienne Tanchel - 2 Hare CourtVivienne is incredibly insightful and defends cases passionately. She knows her cases inside out and is a confident and capable advocate. She is always quick to assist with queries and her advice is always spot on.
Ranked: Tier 3
Tom Day - 2 Hare CourtTom is a standout in this field. From initial conference to final submissions he is always top of his game.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4
Laura Stephenson - 2 Hare CourtA formidable advocate, always well prepared and has a keen eye for detail. Solicitors know she will have a firm grasp of the facts and approach each hearing with the client's objective squarely in mind.
Ranked: Tier 4



‘A highly respected chambers in the area of professional regulation work, with great strength-in-depth.’

‘This set is full of truly top class barristers. They are confident and know the areas of law they practise inside out. They are excellent at dealing with difficult clients and make getting brilliant results look easy.’

‘2 Hare Court have an outstanding professional discipline and regulatory practice. They are always top of my list to contact for counsel due to the number of excellent barristers of all levels in chambers.’


‘Louis Lockwood consistently goes above and beyond to assist. Louis is extremely helpful and prompt in responding to requests.’

‘Louis Lockwood is a legend, he is prompt, helpful and kind.’

‘The clerks are well organized, communicative, and easy to work with. Always very happy to help and quick to respond to queries.’

London Bar > Health and safety Tier 4

Undertaking health and safety work with aplomb’, members of 2 Hare Court act for clients across the construction, food, transport, healthcare, and energy sectors involved in high-profile inquiries, corporate manslaughter cases, and proceedings brought by regulators and enforcement bodies. Chambers head Jonathan Laidlaw QC recently successfully defended Pret A Manger against a food safety offence prosecution after a customer suffered a severe allergic reaction as a result of consuming a sandwich containing sesame. In HSE v National Grid Gas PLCAlexandra Tampakopoulos represents the defendant in a prosecution for breaches of the Pipeline Safety Regulations, as the result of the exposure of thousands of high-rise residents over several years to the risk of gas leaks and explosions. In addition, Tom Day acted for both the company and a director in the aftermath of an explosion during an attempt to decommission an underground fuel tank.

Leading Silks

Jonathan Laidlaw QC - 2 Hare CourtAt the very top of his game. Excellent with difficult clients. He masters the case and is a strategical expert.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Tom Day - 2 Hare CourtTom is readily approachable, excellent with clients and assured on his feet. His manner instantly puts clients at ease and regularly delivers fantastic results.
Ranked: Tier 3
Alexandra Tampakopoulos - 2 Hare CourtAlexandra is extremely able at communicating complex legal information in a form which clients can immediately grasp, she is very capable of clearly articulating a position in defence of a client's interests in a way which is sensitive to very emotive and difficult subject matter. She also has an exceptional grasp of the commercial and tactical context in which her advice takes place.
Ranked: Tier 3
James Buchanan - 2 Hare CourtJames has a lovely way with clients. He is diligent, hard working, modest and generally a very nice person which clients, instructing solicitors and court staff all warm to with ease. James has built his reputation over the years in this practice area and has done so quietly, without dramatics, to establish himself very firmly as one of the best senior juniors in London in H&S.
Ranked: Tier 4
Iain Daniels - 2 Hare CourtIain is personable, very user friendly, superb in court and produces high quality written submissions, skeletons and advice. All of my clients have been delighted with Iain's work and he is a go-to person for me on these cases where usually the stakes are high and where there is an element of criminal liability for the client. His calm, measured and expert demeanour are critical to the case, alongside his legal expertise. Iain is first class.
Ranked: Tier 4
Craig Ferguson - 2 Hare CourtCraig Ferguson is fantastic.
Ranked: Tier 4



‘2 Hare Court is a chambers going from strength to strength, they have become one of the go-to sets for health and safety matters, their clerking team is excellent and they have excellent counsel at every level.’

‘2 Hare Court have a great range of barristers in this area.’

‘Excellent criminal set with some good barristers undertaking H&S work with aplomb.’

‘Chambers provide good all-round coverage in the health and safety, crime and inquest sectors I need.’


‘The clerks are excellent, ably led by Julian Campbell.’

‘Brilliant – there is nobody more experienced in this area than Julian Campbell their Director of Clerking ‘

London Bar > Licensing

London Bar > Inquests and inquiries

Leading Silks

Jonathan Laidlaw QC - 2 Hare CourtA fantastic advocate and excellent with clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Kate Blackwell QC - 2 Hare CourtFantastic with clients, and great at explaining complexities in a way that is understandable and clear. Reassuring and calm in the face of a challenge.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 3
Craig Ferguson - 2 Hare CourtCraig is fantastic.
Ranked: Tier 3
Nikita McNeill - 2 Hare CourtNikita is a go-to junior - anyone involved in a public inquiry or large inquest would do well to have her on their side.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ben Rich - 2 Hare CourtVery focused on his cases, particularly accurate with his delivery of case law, and clear and consistent in his approach. Solicitors have been impressed by how he handles clients, remains calm in complex situations, and delivers well-thought out arguments and effective cross-examination.
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Sport

Leading Silks

Christopher Coltart QC - 2 Hare CourtDogged, determined, on top of detail, committed and hard working.
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Consumer

Described by The Legal 500 UK 2022 as a “top-quality crime set full of truly top class barristers” that “know the areas of law they practise inside out” and as being “the magic circle of regulatory chambers….an exceptionally strong set” housing “great advocates” and “undertaking health and safety work with aplomb”.

The set: Chambers comprises 69 tenants including 22 Queen’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 & 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 the current 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. Chambers UK 2021 are quoted as “an excellent set with, pound for pound, some of the best barristers at the Bar.” Other sources say: “All the barristers here have excellent legal knowledge, a wealth of expertise and strong advocacy skills” and acknowledge it as “one of the leading sets in the UK.”

“The clerking team at 2 Hare Court is extremely accessible and they are always willing to assist where they can. They also provide honest insight into Counsel so you know you are instructing the person who is best suited to the case.”  Director of Clerking Julian Campbell “is without an equal amongst the senior clerks in the top sets” and leads the clerking team supported by Jack Shah, the newly appointed Senior Practice Clerk.

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 QC, Jonathan (1982)
Members of Chambers HESLOP QC, Martin (1972)
Members of Chambers WRIGHT QC, Peter (1981)
Members of Chambers RADCLIFFE QC, Andrew (1975)
Members of Chambers PICKUP QC, James (1976)
Members of Chambers POWNALL QC, Orlando (1975)
Members of Chambers HICKS QC, Martin (1977)
Members of Chambers BENNETT-JENKINS QC, Sallie (1984)
Members of Chambers KELLY QC, Brendan (1988)
Members of Chambers REES QC, Jonathan (1987)
Members of Chambers O'NEILL QC, Brian (1987)
Members of Chambers BLACKWELL QC, Kate (1992)
Members of Chambers KINNEAR QC, Jonathan (1994)
Members of Chambers HAYTON QC, Michael (1993)
Members of Chambers COLTART QC, Christopher (1998)
Members of Chambers GLASGOW QC, Oliver (1995)
Members of Chambers WHITTAKER QC, David (1986)
Members of Chambers AHMAD QC, Zubair (1995)
Members of Chambers GRAFFIUS QC, Mark (1990)
Members of Chambers KAZAKOS QC, Leon (1999)
Members of Chambers LAMBIS QC, Marios (1989)
Members of Chambers YOUNG QC, Gudrun (2001)
Members of Chambers AKUDOLU QC, Nneka (2002
Members of Chambers COLMAN, Andrew (1980)
Members of Chambers BELGER, Tyrone (1984)
Members of Chambers GILLESPIE, Christopher (1991)
Members of Chambers GRAY QC (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 TRAYNOR, Redmond (2019)
Members of Chambers GILLILAND, Jack (2019)
Zubair Ahmad  photo Zubair Ahmad Zubair is widely recognised as a leading slik in serious and complex…
Nneka Akudolu QC photo Nneka Akudolu QCNneka is a personable and approachable advocate whose ability to understand the…
Narita Bahra  photo Narita Bahra Narita Bahra QC is a leading Criminal and Business Fraud Defence Barrister…
Tyrone Belger  photo Tyrone Belger Tyrone 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 QC has throughout her career established…
Harry Bentley  photo Harry Bentley Harry Bentley’s principal areas of practice are criminal defence and professional disciplinary…
Kate Blackwell photo Kate BlackwellKate is one of the UK’s leading silks specialising in criminal law…
Stephen Brassington  photo Stephen Brassington Stephen Brassington is rightly regarded as one of the leading practitioners in…
James Buchanan  photo James Buchanan James Buchanan is recognised as a leading criminal and inquest practitioner, specialising…
Angus Bunyan  photo Angus Bunyan Angus Bunyan is an established leading junior whose practice is focused on…
Daniel Chadwick  photo Daniel Chadwick Daniel 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 Coltart QC took silk in 2014 following a highly successful junior…
Robert Dacre  photo Robert Dacre Robert specialises in crime, professional discipline, regulatory law, inquests, extradition and sports…
Iain Daniels  photo Iain Daniels Iain is a senior junior practicing in health and safety matters, including…
Tom Day  photo Tom Day Tom is recognised as a leading junior who specialises in regulatory crime…
Sophia Dower  photo Sophia Dower Sophia enjoys a diverse practice that encompasses many areas of 2 Hare…
Emily Dummett  photo Emily Dummett Emily has significant experience and expertise in providing advice and advocacy in…
Rebecca Erkan-Bax  photo Rebecca Erkan-Bax Rebecca has a successful and substantial criminal practice. She is a formidable…
Julia Faure Walker  photo Julia Faure Walker Julia is ranked by Chambers UK and The Legal 500 as a…
Craig Ferguson  photo Craig Ferguson Craig Ferguson is a highly experienced defence practitioner who has, for many…
Grace Forbes  photo Grace Forbes Grace specialises in criminal law, inquires, inquests and professional discipline. She is…
Christopher Foulkes  photo Christopher Foulkes Christopher Foulkes specialises in business crime and related areas. He advises and…
Christopher Geering  photo Christopher Geering Christopher 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 Gilliland Jack Gilliland joined 2 Hare Court in March 2021 and has now…
Oliver Glasgow photo Oliver GlasgowOliver Glasgow QC was appointed Senior Treasury Counsel in 2015, Queen’s Counsel…
Neelam Gomersall  photo Neelam Gomersall Neelam joined chambers in March 2021 following successful completion of her pupillage.…
Mark Graffius photo Mark GraffiusMark Graffius QC is a ‘no nonsense, outstanding advocate’ in the fields…
Peter Gray photo Peter GrayPeter Gray QC (2002 Scotland) is a leading practitioner in regulatory crime…
Quinn Hawkins  photo Quinn Hawkins Quinn Hawkins is a leading criminal junior who specialises in substantial cases…
Michael Hayton photo Michael HaytonMichael Hayton QC’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 QC is consistently recommended by the leading industry directories as…
Rebekah Hummerstone  photo Rebekah Hummerstone Rebekah is instructed as a sole or led junior to prosecute and…
Gavin Irwin photo Gavin IrwinGavin specialises in advising and representing businesses and professionals with a particular…
Scott Ivill  photo Scott Ivill Mr Ivill has vast experience of defending in the gravest of cases.…
Leon Kazakos photo Leon KazakosLeon represents corporates and individuals in the fields of business crime, general…
Brendan Kelly photo Brendan KellyBrendan Kelly QC is described by the leading industry directory as having…
Jonathan Kinnear photo Jonathan KinnearJonathan Kinnear QC specialises in matters of real financial complexity, representing individuals…
Jonathan Laidlaw photo Jonathan LaidlawJonathan Laidlaw QC’s practice is predominantly in business and financial crime and…
Marios Lambis QC photo Marios Lambis QCOriginally from a criminal practice, which encompassed major frauds and terrorist cases,…
Alison Levitt photo Alison LevittAlison Levitt QC returned to full-time advocacy practise after 5 years in…
Peter Lownds  photo Peter Lownds Peter Lownds has a high-profile and wide-ranging leading junior criminal defence practice…
Lewis MacDonald  photo Lewis MacDonald Lewis 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 McNeill Nikita has a strong record of high-profile inquests and public inquiries. She…
Brian O Brian O"Neill QCNow in his twelfth year in Silk, Brian provides advice and advocacy…
James Pickup photo James PickupJames Pickup QC 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 Przybylska Sarah Przybylska’s work encompasses advice and advocacy across professional discipline, fraud, crime,…
Andrew Radcliffe photo Andrew RadcliffeAndrew Radcliffe QC is predominantly a white collar crime fraud specialist, who…
Michael Rawlinson  photo Michael Rawlinson From 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 Renteurs Paul Renteurs joined chambers in 2014. Whilst specialising in criminal defence and…
Ben Rich  photo Ben Rich Ben has a substantial practice appearing before a variety of regulators including…
Robert Rinder  photo Robert Rinder Robert Rinder’s practice focuses primarily on international fraud, money laundering, and other…
Fiona Robertson  photo Fiona Robertson Fiona Robertson is a highly sought after junior with a diverse criminal…
Laura Stephenson  photo Laura Stephenson Laura has a busy and diverse practice, specialising in crime, professional discipline,…
Alexandra Tampakopoulos  photo Alexandra Tampakopoulos Alexandra is a recognised expert in the field of Inquest and Public…
Vivienne Tanchel  photo Vivienne Tanchel Vivienne is ranked in band 1 by Chambers and Partners for Financial…
Hannah Thomas  photo Hannah Thomas Since joining Chambers in March 2019 Hannah has established a busy practice…
Redmond Traynor  photo Redmond Traynor Redmond joined 2 Hare Court in March 2021 following the successful completion…
Christopher Ware  photo Christopher Ware Christopher Ware principally defends in serious and complex fraud; corporate, regulatory and…
Howard Watkinson  photo Howard Watkinson Howard is recognised as an experienced leading junior in the areas of:…
David Whittaker  photo David Whittaker David Whittaker QC 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 QC photo Peter Wright QCPeter Wright QC is cited by Chambers UK, the Legal 500 and…
Gudrun Young QC photo Gudrun Young QCGudrun Young is a highly specialised criminal advocate. She has extensive experience…
Merry van Woodenberg  photo Merry van Woodenberg Merry specialises in serious and complex crime, with particular expertise in violent…
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Senior Practice Clerk : Jack Shah
Practice Clerks : Louis Lockwood & Chloe Skingsley
Assistant & Junior Clerks : Jack Mahoney & Nadia Todor-Ward
Marketing Manager : Julia Fox
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Fees Clerks : Terry Houchin & Steve Clark
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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.