Gudrun Young > Chambers of Jonathan Laidlaw QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Jonathan Laidlaw QC
2 Hare Court


Gudrun Young is a highly specialised criminal advocate. She has extensive experience in defending at the highest level in the most serious of cases including murder, violence, organized crime, drug importation and all aspects of financial crime such as complex fraud, corruption money laundering and confiscation.  She has particular expertise in conducting sexual cases, acting as both leading and junior counsel. She regularly deals with complex and sensitive matters involving children and vulnerable witnesses and allegations of institutional and historic sexual abuse.  Current and recent cases include: conspiracy to commit mortgage fraud, multi-handed murder case involving rival Sri Lankan gangs, conspiracy to commit double murder following an undercover surveillance operation of a criminal network supplying drugs throughout the whole of the South East of England, large-scale people-trafficking, a “grooming” case involving a gang accused of the rape, sexual assault and forced prostitution of vulnerable girls, a prison officer accused of misfeasance in a public office and a case in which a well-known footballer was accused of sexual offences which attracted widespread publicity. In recent years, she has extended her expertise to regulatory crime, civil fraud, professional discipline and personal injury.  She has recently defended in civil proceedings in a complex occupational stress claim and a high profile case on behalf of a company accused of being “the worst gang masters in the UK”.  


Year of Call 2001; Gray’s Inn.


  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Fraud Lawyers Association
  • South Eastern Circuit


Undergraduate degree at King’s College, University of Cambridge, and also holds a MA in Political Philosophy.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Gudrun Young2 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.