Sallie Bennett-Jenkins QC > Chambers of Jonathan Laidlaw QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Jonathan Laidlaw QC
2 Hare Court


‘A first class act’; Sallie Bennett-Jenkins QC has throughout her career established herself as the pre-eminent choice for clients who demand intellectual rigour, exceptional advocacy and a high level of service and commitment. Her wide experience and skillset garnered across both criminal and regulatory have ensured that she is viewed as an advocate of the highest ability, with ‘lethal’ cross examination skills in combination with an overarching strategic approach to the case.

Her appointments have included being Treasury Counsel and she has been a Recorder of the Crown Court since 1998, authorised to sit at the Central Criminal Court and also authorised to try serious sexual offences. Sallie was awarded with an honorary doctorate as a recognition of her pre-eminence in law.

Since taking Silk in 2006, Sallie’s practice has been exclusively defence based but her previous experience in prosecution of the gravest and highest profile offences and work with the intelligence services, means she is uniquely placed to advise on her clients on the appropriate strategy to meet the prosecution case, in whichever discipline. Her experience dictates that she is best placed to advise and undertake private prosecutions for companies and individuals.

In recent years, Sallie has honed her expertise in relation to student disciplinary matters, both advising and representing students in University discipline, and also in criminal matters that are linked to these matters. Her practise also focuses on pre-charge advice and the preparation of detailed and complex written representations with a view to ensuring proceedings against the client are brought to a conclusion without charge.

She provides pre-charge advice to clients on all aspects of the regulatory and criminal spectrum, encompassing fraud, terrorism, sexual impropriety and homicide. She also advises in respect of, and appears in Inquests, and advises and appears in respect of appeals against conviction.

In all spheres, her intellectual ability, strategy and sensitivity are renowned and as quoted in Chambers UK 2020 “Sallie is loved by all and feared by many, and is counsel of choice for all if you are lucky enough to be able to obtain her services. You simply couldn’t ask for more.”

Sallie lectures in the UK and overseas on a range of topics and to visiting judiciary to the UK on issues relating to sexual offences.


Called 1984; Gray’s Inn; South Eastern Circuit; Assistant Recorder 1998; Recorder 2000; Junior Treasury Counsel 1998; QC 2006.



  • 2000: Recorder
  • 1998: Assistant Recorder
  • 1998: Junior Treasury Counsel
  • Women in Criminal Law (Co-Founder)
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Financial Services Lawyers Association
  • South Eastern Circuit

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Sallie Bennett-Jenkins QC2 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.