Set Profile > 2 Hare Court > London, England

Chambers of Jonathan Laidlaw QC
2 Hare Court
TEMPLE
LONDON
EC4Y 7BH
England

Crime Tier 1

2 Hare Court 'is an excellent chambers with a fine reputation in criminal law'. The set has established expertise in handling a range of prosecution instructions, and in the words of one client, 'its private prosecutions group is market-leading'. Recent instructions include Oliver Glasgow QC representing the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in R v Kirill Belorusov, in which the defendant was convicted of the murder of his ex-girlfriend and burying her body in the garden of her home. Turning to the juniors' unled work, Nneka Akudolu successfully represented Gheorghe Mihai, one of three defendants who was charged with gang rape. In recent news, March 2020 saw Leon Kazakos QC elevated to silk, while in September Kate Blackwell QC joined chambers.

Leading Silks

Sallie Bennett-Jenkins QC - 2 Hare CourtThere is no doubt that Sallie is a first class act. Her cross-examination is as polished as it is lethal. She cuts to the chase and works with absolute focus on a case. She rightfully commands the respect of opponents, the court and the client.
Ranked: Tier 1
Brendan Kelly QC - 2 Hare CourtDebonair and never shies away from the fight.
Ranked: Tier 1
Orlando Pownall QC - 2 Hare CourtHis cross-examinations are carefully crafted and at times ruthless.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jonathan Rees QC - 2 Hare CourtThere are few to match Jonny Rees QC: he works incredibly hard, and has great judgement. Being led by him is being like chauffeur driven in a Bentley. A charming jury advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Oliver Glasgow QC - 2 Hare CourtPolished and highly intelligent, he is simply one of the best prosecutors around. Master of his brief and a deadly cross-examiner. Mr Glasgow is very approachable, decisive and always dealt with the cases to the highest standard. He an excellent advocate, concentrates on the issues in the case and engages well with other court users.
Ranked: Tier 2
Martin Hicks QC - 2 Hare CourtVery impressive in his commitment and skills.
Ranked: Tier 3

2019 Silks

David Whittaker QC - 2 Hare CourtDavid is a superb advocate whose case preparation and tactical acumen is first rate. He is equally comfortable undertaking serious fraud as he is other serious crime. Greatly admired by the Bar, Solicitors and clients.
Zubair Ahmad QC - 2 Hare CourtHe goes in to court knowing the papers inside out and backwards.
Narita Bahra QC - 2 Hare CourtMs Bahra QC is a perfectionist and all her work is done to the highest of standards. She is always fully prepared and this is reflected in the quality of her advocacy, her ability to instil confidence in every client and her written arguments/legal documents.

2020 Silks

Leon Kazakos QC - 2 Hare CourtHe is an exceptional advocate and every client rates him. He never leaves any stone unturned in a case and therefore you know that the case has been prepared as thoroughly as possible meaning it is rare you encounter something you were not expecting. Leon's strengths undoubtedly lie in the courtroom where he always pitches the tone with the jury perfectly every time.

Leading Juniors

Scott Ivill - 2 Hare CourtA fine jury advocate who will leave no stone unturned.
Ranked: Tier 2
Julia Faure Walker - 2 Hare CourtA star who has rightly just been appointed junior treasury counsel. Her eye for detail and sheer work ethic make her ideal for large scale fraud cases with bundles of evidence.
Ranked: Tier 2
Gudrun Young - 2 Hare CourtGudrun is an excellent advocate, clients love her and her cross-examination skills are exemplary. Gudrun is able to quickly sieve through vast amounts of evidence to get to the crux of the matter. Gudrun is able to get even the most difficult of clients on side and is particularly good with youth defendants and those with mental health issues.
Ranked: Tier 2
Peter Lownds - 2 Hare CourtHe is an exceptionally talented barrister. Incredibly thorough in relation to paper heavy cases. Outstanding written work. Very prompt in responding to correspondence. An advocate of the highest calibre able to easily adapt to the demands of differing cases. Excellent with clients. First choice counsel in London and the surrounding areas.
Ranked: Tier 3
Will Martin - 2 Hare CourtOne of the best juniors at the criminal bar. He thinks deeply about his cases and puts huge effort into their preparation. An outstanding all-rounder, he is comfortable arguing points of law and addressing juries. He has the ability to work across a number of practice areas. A definite star in the making.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sarah Przybylska - 2 Hare CourtHer cross-examination of one of the defendants was rigorous and detailed, but carried out in an understated but highly effective manner.
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
Nneka Akudolu - 2 Hare CourtNneka is very conscientious, she provides advice promptly, she is very personable and defendants are very complimentary about her and the manner in which she deals with their cases. Her knowledge and application of the law is second to none and is often my go-to counsel. Judges respect her.
Ranked: Tier 3
Harry Bentley - 2 Hare CourtA dedicated advocate who has excellent legal knowledge and a thorough understanding of the law. He has always demonstrated attention to detail at all times so far as preparation and advice is concerned together with excellent advocacy skills.
Ranked: Tier 3

Fraud: crime Tier 1

'First-class set' 2 Hare Court is 'very strong in all areas of crime, including fraud'. The set's members are adept at both prosecuting and defending in money laundering, VAT and MTIC frauds, investment scams, tax evasion, and boiler room scams, as well as also being active in private prosecutions. Strengthening the team on the senior end, early 2020 saw the 'tactically smartLeon Kazakos QC take silk. Meanwhile, at the junior end, the 'conscientious and extremely brightGrace Forbes is a rising star in the criminal fraud arena.

Rising stars

Grace Forbes - 2 Hare CourtGrace has a natural ability with a sharp scientific and analytical brain. A force to be reckoned with in serious fraud cases.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Jonathan Laidlaw QC - 2 Hare CourtVery strong as a leader, though always in a way that includes and encourages input from the full team; keenly aware of his role as the figurehead of the prosecution team; always able to see the wood for the tree; brings clarity and conviction with his decision-making.
Ranked: Tier 1
Brian O'Neill QC - 2 Hare CourtHe has the jury eating out of his hand.
Ranked: Tier 2
Orlando Pownall QC - 2 Hare CourtA strong advocate with excellent client care.
Ranked: Tier 2
Martin Hicks QC - 2 Hare CourtHe was very quick to get to grips with the issues at short notice and inspired confidence in me, the client and the court.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Radcliffe QC - 2 Hare CourtAn extraordinarily well prepared silk, knew the case, law, and facts inside out and hit the perfect tone with witnesses, the judge and jury. Great for complex cases at the very highest level as he is a first-class advocate, strategist and star performer.
Ranked: Tier 3

2019 Silks

Narita Bahra QC - 2 Hare Court ‘Excellent advocate whether addressing jury on the facts or presenting legal arguments to the judge. Tireless worker and meticulous and diligent in preparation. Totally deserving of rank of Queens Counsel. Full of integrity. Great asset to the Bar.

David Whittaker QC - 2 Hare CourtHe is incredibly well respected. His strengths are that you have complete confidence in his ability to handle a case. His knowledge of the law, analytical skills, client care and advocacy skills are yet to be rivalled by any other barrister I have worked with.

2020 Silks

Leon Kazakos QC - 2 Hare CourtTactically smart. He always pitches the tone with the jury perfectly.

Leading Juniors

Vivienne Tanchel - 2 Hare CourtVivienne is an extremely intelligent hard working barrister who ensures she is familiar with every aspect of a case. She has the ability to master very complex financial and/or business issues in order to offer a client the best resolution. She is a brilliant advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Angus Bunyan - 2 Hare CourtHe combines mastery of the details with the ability to see the bigger picture. He has a focused approach and complete unflappable in and out of court.
Ranked: Tier 3
Gavin Irwin - 2 Hare CourtHe prepares well and knows his topic.
Ranked: Tier 4

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) Tier 2

2 Hare Court is 'a quality set' with 'very good strength in depth' and 'a lot of talented people at all levels'. Financial crime cases form the backbone of the team's workload. Recent highlights include Jonathan Kinnear QC successfully representing the SFO in the prosecution of David Lufkin, a former senior executive of Petrofrac, as part of its ongoing investigation into Petrofrac; Lufkin was convicted of paying bribes in order to win contracts worth over $730m in Saudi Arabia and $3.5bn in Iraq.

Leading Silks

Christopher Coltart QC - 2 Hare CourtAn engaging advocate with a devastating eye for detail. His approach to cases is to leave no stone unturned and he carries the confidence of clients from the very first meeting. A man you would definitely want in your corner.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jonathan Kinnear QC - 2 Hare CourtHard as nails yet fair-minded. Extremely knowledgeable and responsive to the nuances in a case.
Ranked: Tier 2
Brendan Kelly QC - 2 Hare CourtHe is charming, but never one to shy away from a fight.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jonathan Laidlaw QC - 2 Hare CourtA master of understatement. Excellent with clients - empathetic to their situation but also able to give first-class, practical advice. Extremely calm under pressure.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Vivienne Tanchel - 2 Hare CourtHighly motivated, very hardworking and very intelligent. She ensures she is familiar with every aspect of a case.
Ranked: Tier 1
Christopher Foulkes - 2 Hare CourtHe masters and marshals large quantities of materials quickly.
Ranked: Tier 3

Inquests and inquiries

Leading Silks

Jonathan Laidlaw QC - 2 Hare CourtA brilliant advocate who is also excellent with clients.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Alexandra Tampakopoulos - 2 Hare CourtGreat with clients and detail-heavy matters. she makes sure her clients' interests are fully protected at all times and strives to achieve the best result for them.
Ranked: Tier 2
Craig Ferguson - 2 Hare CourtStrikes the perfect balance for inquests; he is empathetic and understated, while being utterly robust in pursuing the best interests of clients. A real star in this area.
Ranked: Tier 3
Nikita McNeill - 2 Hare CourtAn exceptional advocate, who is clear and fair but does not give up. She is effective, knows everything about public inquiries and gives sensible views.
Ranked: Tier 3

Professional disciplinary and regulatory law Tier 2

Alongside its elite criminal practitioners, 2 Hare Court 'has in its membership some of the leading lights of professional discipline – their brand is synonymous with the area'. Medical areas are particularly active, with many of the set's members presenting cases for the General Optical Council (GOC) and defending doctors and dentists. The set, in particular, is praised for its 'excellent junior juniors and senior juniors'. Stephen Brassington successfully represented a heart surgeon who was accused of dishonestly prescribing tablets to his then-partner to control her behaviour, while on the other side of the fence Sarah Przybylska prosecuted two Liverpool vets who performed a caesarian section on a pedigree French Bulldog and stole her puppies. The set includes members who handle work for more esoteric regulators, with Scott Ivill prosecuting for the GOC. Among the set's Silks, Jonathan Laidlaw QC (leading rising star Lewis MacDonald) represented Baker McKenzie's former head of HR, who was acquitted in the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) case centring around former managing partner Gary Senior.

Rising stars

Lewis MacDonald - 2 Hare CourtEasy to work with, well-prepared and a good advocate, he is a very talented and hardworking junior barrister.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Christopher Coltart QC - 2 Hare CourtA formidable barrister at ease in the commercial world and great with clients.
Ranked: Tier 4
Jonathan Laidlaw QC - 2 Hare CourtThoughtful, measured and analytical, he has excellent tactical judgement. He takes a reassuring but realistic approach when dealing with an emotionally involved client.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Stephen Brassington - 2 Hare CourtIncredibly popular and rightly so. His cross-examinations are fantastic and play like something from a legal drama. He easily gains the respect of panels and experts and is reasonable and straightforward with opponents.
Ranked: Tier 1
Andrew Colman - 2 Hare CourtAndrew has a vast intellect, a keen eye for detail and nothing gets past him. He deploys his arguments eloquently, inevitably to devastating effect and as a solicitor, you know that if you instruct him, you can be confident of achieving the right result for your client.
Ranked: Tier 1
Christopher Geering - 2 Hare CourtChristopher is forensic in his approach to cases. He is thoughtful and concise in his advice and sympathetic to and, where necessary, firm with his clients, who often present with heightened emotions given that their careers and livelihoods are at stake.
Ranked: Tier 2
Marios Lambis - 2 Hare CourtExcellent advocate, very good to work with, team player, extremely personable and good with clients, especially lay clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Sarah Przybylska - 2 Hare CourtAn excellent advocate, she is very impressive and makes good judgements in how the case is presented and handles the client, witnesses and the panel well. An excellent choice of counsel.
Ranked: Tier 2
Chris Gillespie - 2 Hare CourtAn extremely effective cross-examiner, but it is done is a respectful manner. He is firm but not aggressive, and also pragmatic - he never takes any bad points.
Ranked: Tier 3
Scott Ivill - 2 Hare CourtHe has great attention to detail and is well prepared. Good with the lay client and persuasive on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 3
Vivienne Tanchel - 2 Hare CourtA robust and strategic counsel with great intellect. She secures fantastic results and is incredibly hardworking - she will always go the extra mile for instructing solicitors.
Ranked: Tier 3
Tom Day - 2 Hare CourtHe has an easy charisma that puts clients at ease and charms panels and experts alike. He can also be ruthless in getting the result that he wants and will work incredibly hard to make sure that he gets it.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ben Rich - 2 Hare CourtHe works with impeccable attention to detail and engages in rigorous case preparation - well-prepared, dependable and responsive.
Ranked: Tier 4
Laura Stephenson - 2 Hare CourtDecisive and thorough, she defends clients with tenacity. Excellent at handling witnesses and at delivering unwelcome information in a firm but empathetic manner.
Ranked: Tier 4

Sport

Leading Silks

Christopher Coltart QC - 2 Hare CourtStrong in disciplinary matters.
Ranked: Tier 3

Health and safety Tier 4

2 Hare Court has 'firmly established itself as a leading set in the regulatory space' and is 'a strong performer in health and safety law' with 'some strong advocates', according to clients. In recent work of note, the 'tremendousJonathan Laidlaw QC is leading the 'brilliantAlexandra Tampakopoulos in representing cladding company Harley Facades in the ongoing Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry. In recent news, Iain Daniels has joined chambers following the closure of Ely Place Chambers.

Leading Silks

Jonathan Laidlaw QC - 2 Hare CourtHe is tremendous with clients, combining empathy with direct advice.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Tom Day - 2 Hare CourtHe assimilates complex information into client friendly language, provides clear and comprehensive advice and presents arguments with authority.
Ranked: Tier 3
Craig Ferguson - 2 Hare CourtCraig is absolutely superb, he works as a real team player, getting involved with cases and clients at early stages and he isn't afraid to make big strategic decisions in cases. He is a real pro in court, and far outperforms his peers.
Ranked: Tier 3
James Buchanan - 2 Hare CourtJames grasps issues very quickly and is able to articulate arguments with relative ease. He is well liked by juries and has become well versed in his knowledge of health and safety law. He has a likeable manner and has a way of putting clients at ease.
Ranked: Tier 4
Iain Daniels - 2 Hare Court Iain is fantastic on his feet, has a great eye for detail and an excellent manner with clients.
Ranked: Tier 4
Alexandra Tampakopoulos - 2 Hare CourtA brilliant next generation barrister, she combines a calm manner with a precise eye for detail. Alex is deceptively tough, yet really good with making clients and witnesses trust her. She is very knowledgable and addresses the issues with great authority.
Ranked: Tier 4

Set overviews: England and Wales

Over the last 12 months, crime and regulatory set 2 Hare Court has seen Leon Kazakos QC and Mark Graffius QC appointed Queen's Counsel, while Kate Blackwell QC has joined as a full members while also retaining her tenancy at Lincoln House Chambers, Manchester. Strengthening the junior end, Iain Daniels  and Rebecca Erkan-Bax  have also joined the set from Ely Place Chambers and 4 Breams Buildings respectively. Also of note, Michael Rawlinson  has been appointed a part-time, Employment Judge, deployed to the North Eastern Circuit; Sarah Przybylska  and Julia Faure Walker  have been appointed Treasury Counsel by the Attorney General

Testimonials

Clerks:

2 Hare Court provide an overall excellent and efficient service and clerks room.

All clerks are excellent, Ben Heaviside and Julian being the most senior who are both excellent. From the moment you walk in to chambers you are very well looked after.

Efficient, friendly and helpful at all times. They understand the needs of Instructing Solicitors in particularly identifying suitable Counsel for specific cases and assisting with listings etc. as required.

Julian Campbell and Ben Heaviside run a very smooth and professional operation. They really know their market.

Julian Campbell goes that extra mile to advise and arrange everything that he can to make the clients life easier. He has an excellent communication style and is very quick at responding

Julian Campbell is an excellent leader of a strong team, which always knows and reacts to the needs of its members and clients.

The clerks again remain the best. They are approachable and friendly and sort problems out before you even know they existed.

The clerks are very responsive and try their hardest to accommodate any requests. They are one of the best clerking teams from senior to the most junior clerks.

The service offered is always professional and personal at the same time. Ben Heaviside and Chloe Skingsley are approachable, passionate about their work and always go above and beyond.

The service provided by the clerks room is always extremely good. Especially from Ben and Julian. They know the business inside out, understand the market and are extremely trustworthy.

Set:

2 Hare Court is a well established prosecuting set. Respected and professional in the field of high profile cases at the top end of all types of crime.

2 Hare Court are a highly professional set. They are a “go to” set for serious and complex criminal matters. They have an array of hugely talented Counsel.

2 Hare Court are an exceptional set and the leaders in the field. There is not a barrister in the set who is not a leader in their field and therefore you can rely upon them for the best service on every occasion. A set of top notch barristers.

They provide an excellent regular written update of relevant case law and very good training talks on request.

2 Hare Court has firmly established itself as a leading set in the regulatory space, in particular for health and safety work. The set is committed to delivering an annual training programme to clients. Counsel are instructed in many of the leading cases.

An excellent set covering all aspects of crime with the appropriate levels of seniority.

Chambers have demonstrated their ability to provide counsel in a range of cases across the country. Every barrister instructed has a meticulous approach and provides thorough and detailed advice at every stage of a case. Counsel are all highly professional and skilled.

Described by The Legal 500 as a “first class crime set” that “will not let you down” and by Chambers UK as a set which is “outstanding” and “highly impressive” with “very strong advocates”  that “offers a complete service”, 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 and sports law and other related fields.

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 is consistently recognised as one of the UK’s leading sets of expert barristers in their specialised practice areas with members and the set alike being shortlisted for numerous awards in both the Legal 500 and Chambers UK awards. 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.

2 Hare Court was recognised as one of the top sets in the country for client service at the Bar in Chambers UK 2020 were quoted as “a very impressive chambers with an exceptionally high quality of barristers” and acknowledge it as “one of the leading sets in the UK.”

“Always been impressed at how the clerks will seek to go out of their way to ensure that appropriate counsel is allocated to any particular case.” “The service is second to none in every way – these clerks are at the top of their profession.” Julian Campbell leads the clerking team and is supported by Ben Heaviside, 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Director of Clerking Julian Campbell
Members of Chambers LAIDLAW QC, Jonathan (1982)
Members of Chambers POWNALL QC, Orlando (1975)
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 HICKS QC, Martin (1977)
Members of Chambers BENNETT-JENKINS QC, Sallie (1984)
Members of Chambers KELLY QC, Brendan (1988)
Members of Chambers LEVITT QC, Alison (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 BAHRA QC, Narita (1997)
Members of Chambers GRAFFIUS QC, Mark (1990)
Members of Chambers KAZAKOS QC, Leon (1999)
Members of Chambers COLMAN, Andrew (1980)
Members of Chambers DAWSON, James (1984)
Members of Chambers BELGER, Tyrone (1984)
Members of Chambers LAMBIS, Marios (1989)
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 LOWNDS, Peter (1998)
Members of Chambers BUNYAN, Angus (1999)
Members of Chambers HAWKINS, Quinn (1999)
Members of Chambers YOUNG, Gudrun (2001)
Members of Chambers RINDER, Robert (2001)
Members of Chambers RAWLINSON, Michael (2002)
Members of Chambers HUMMERSTONE, Rebekah (2002)
Members of Chambers AKUDOLU, Nneka (2002
Members of Chambers FAURE WALKER, Julia (2004)
Members of Chambers TANCHEL, Vivienne (2005)
Members of Chambers PRZYBYLSKA, Sarah (2006)
Members of Chambers DUMMETT, Emily (2006)
Members of Chambers WATKINSON, Howard (2006)
Members of Chambers CHADWICK, Daniel (2006
Members of Chambers TAMPAKOPOULOS, Alexandra (2007)
Members of Chambers WARE, Christopher (2007)
Members of Chambers BENTLEY, Harry (2007)
Members of Chambers DAY, Tom (2008)
Members of Chambers ROBERTSON, Fiona (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 RENTEURS, Paul (2013)
Members of Chambers DACRE, Robert (2013)
Members of Chambers DOWER, Sophia (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)
Photo Name Position Profile
 Zubair Ahmad  photo Zubair Ahmad Zubair is widely recognised as a leading slik in serious and complex…
 Nneka Akudolu photo Nneka Akudolu Nneka is a highly respected jury advocate whose practice encompasses all areas…
 Narita Bahra  photo Narita Bahra Narita Bahra is one of the most sought after and capable defence…
 Tyrone Belger  photo Tyrone Belger Tyrone has been a specialist crime and fraud practitioner for most of…
 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 is a criminal defence specialist known for his excellent client care…
 Kate Blackwell photo Kate Blackwell Kate 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 juniors in…
 James Buchanan  photo James Buchanan James Buchanan is recognised as a leading criminal regulatory practitioner and is…
 Angus Bunyan  photo Angus Bunyan An established criminal advocate, he defends and prosecutes the most serious and…
 Daniel Chadwick  photo Daniel Chadwick Daniel Chadwick is a specialist criminal defence barrister with a practice exclusively…
 Andrew Colman  photo Andrew Colman Andrew Colman is a leading junior of great intellect and experience, held…
 Christopher Coltart photo Christopher Coltart Christopher Coltart QC took silk in 2014 following a highly successful junior…
 Robert Dacre  photo Robert Dacre Robert specialises in defence and prosecution, as well as professional discipline, extradition,…
 Iain Daniels  photo Iain Daniels Health and safety law: appears in cases involving all aspects of health…
 James Dawson  photo James Dawson A senior and well respected practitioner of 30 years’ experience in all…
 Tom Day  photo Tom Day Tom is a well-regarded junior with considerable experience before a wide range…
 Sophia Dower  photo Sophia Dower Sophia enjoys a diverse practice which 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 Prosecutes and defences in serious and organised crime, including highly complex cases…
 Craig Ferguson  photo Craig Ferguson Craig Ferguson is an excellent defence advocate with a reputation for a…
 Grace Forbes  photo Grace Forbes Grace specialises in criminal defence and professional discipline. She has a busy…
 Christopher Foulkes  photo Christopher Foulkes The principal focus of Christopher’s practice has always been fraud and white…
 Christopher Geering  photo Christopher Geering Christopher is a well-respected junior with experience dealing with a wide range…
 Christopher Gillespie  photo Christopher Gillespie Chris was called to the Bar in 1991 and has been instructed…
 Oliver Glasgow photo Oliver Glasgow Oliver Glasgow QC was appointed Senior Treasury Counsel in 2015 and Queen’s…
 Neelam Gomersall  photo Neelam Gomersall Neelam joined chambers in March 2021 following successful completion of her pupillage.…
 Mark Graffius photo Mark Graffius Mark Graffius QC is a ‘no nonsense, outstanding advocate’ in the fields…
 Peter Gray photo Peter Gray Peter 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 Hayton Michael Hayton QC’s practice in silk is primarily defending clients as part…
 Martin Heslop photo Martin Heslop Martin Heslop QC is a fine Silk, his excellent skills as a…
 Martin Hicks photo Martin Hicks Martin Hicks QC is a leading Silk who is consistently recommended by…
 Rebekah Hummerstone  photo Rebekah Hummerstone Rebekah is instructed as a sole or led junior to prosecute and…
 Gavin Irwin photo Gavin Irwin Gavin specialises in advising and representing businesses and professionals with a particular…
 Scott Ivill  photo Scott Ivill Scott Ivill is a very highly regarded and sought-after practitioner in all…
 Leon Kazakos photo Leon Kazakos Prior to taking silk this year Leon Kazakos was shortlisted for Crime…
 Brendan Kelly photo Brendan Kelly Brendan Kelly QC is a highly sought after and well respected Silk,…
 Jonathan Kinnear photo Jonathan Kinnear Jonathan Kinnear QC specialises in matters of real financial complexity often operating…
 Jonathan Laidlaw photo Jonathan Laidlaw Jonathan Laidlaw QC’s practice is predominantly in business and financial crime and…
 Marios Lambis  photo Marios Lambis Marios advises and represents clients from a wide variety of industry sectors…
 Alison Levitt photo Alison Levitt Alison Levitt QC returned to full-time advocacy practise after 5 years in…
 Peter Lownds  photo Peter Lownds Peter Lownds specialises in complex and serious criminal cases. He has a…
 Lewis MacDonald  photo Lewis MacDonald Lewis practices in serious crime and business crime, asset forfeiture, tax, professional…
 Will Martin photo Will Martin Will Martin is a highly regarded junior, ranked in the Legal 500…
 Nikita McNeill  photo Nikita McNeill Nikita combines an established criminal and regulatory practice with a particular expertise…
 Brian O’Neill QC photo Brian O’Neill QC Now in his twelth year in Silk, Brian provides advice and advocacy…
 James Pickup photo James Pickup James Pickup QC has long been established as a specialist in commercial…
 Orlando Pownall photo Orlando Pownall Orlando Pownall QC is a well-respected and highly sought after Silk with…
 Sarah Przybylska  photo Sarah Przybylska Sarah Przybylska’s work encompasses advice and advocacy across professional discipline, fraud, crime,…
 Andrew Radcliffe photo Andrew Radcliffe A white collar crime fraud specialist, most of his recent work in…
 Michael Rawlinson  photo Michael Rawlinson From a background defending and prosecuting serious crime, Michael has developed a…
 Jonathan Rees photo Jonathan Rees Over the last 20 years, Jonathan has developed a substantial criminal practice,…
 Paul Renteurs  photo Paul Renteurs Paul is experienced in representing defendants and the prosecution in criminal matters,…
 Ben Rich  photo Ben Rich Ben has a substantial practice appearing before a variety of regulators including…
 Robert Rinder  photo Robert Rinder Instructed in some of the most high-profile trials of the past several…
 Fiona Robertson  photo Fiona Robertson Fiona Robertson is an experienced junior with a diverse practice spanning the…
 Laura Stephenson  photo Laura Stephenson Laura has a busy and diverse practice, specialising in crime, professional discipline,…
 Alexandra Tampakopoulos  photo Alexandra Tampakopoulos Alexandra Tampakopoulos is an established criminal and regulatory practitioner. She has cultivated…
 Vivienne Tanchel  photo Vivienne Tanchel Vivienne Tanchel is a specialist defence advocate who has a reputation for…
 Hannah Thomas  photo Hannah Thomas During her time in Chambers Hannah has established a busy practice, predominantly…
 Redmond Traynor  photo Redmond Traynor Redmond joined 2 Hare Court as a pupil barrister in September 2019.…
 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.…
 Peter Wright QC photo Peter Wright QC Peter Wright is a highly respected and extremely experienced advocate who has…
 Gudrun Young  photo Gudrun Young Gudrun Young is a highly specialised criminal advocate. She has extensive experience…
 Merry van Woodenberg  photo Merry van Woodenberg Merry specialises in criminal, regulatory and tax law. She has a 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 – CSR

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.