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

Chambers of Jonathan Laidlaw QC
2 Hare Court
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Gudrun Young is a highly specialized 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”.  


Called 2001; Gray’s Inn.


Criminal Bar 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 CourtShe brings a fresh and innovative approach, especially in sex cases.

2 Hare Court ‘boasts an impressive range of counsel and is able to offer a range of suitable options in relation to any enquiry‘. Traditionally regarded as a prosecution set, chambers continues to receive Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) instructions for some of the most serious cases, but it also handles high-quality private defence and prosecution work, too. Recent instructions include Julia Faure Walker prosecuting three individuals for a sex trafficking conspiracy, including the “sale” of a prostitute for €10,000 in a case with issues as to the admissibility of Romanian intercept evidence. Turning to defence highlights, Martin Hicks QC and Scott Ivill represented a man who was acquitted of an alleged manslaughter after his brother died of a heart attack in the family home during a supposed exorcism. Also of note, Brendan Kelly QC defended Xeneral Webster, a 19-year-old drill musician who was acquitted of murder but received a 17-year sentence for manslaughter on a plea of guilty; this case is believed to be the first conviction for an acid attack killing in the UK. Turning to the juniors’ unled work, Gudrun Young successfully represented well-known feminist activist Linda Bellos, who was privately prosecuted by a transgender rights activist for a supposed public order offence after indicating that she would defend herself against violent attack – the private prosecution was taken over and discontinued by the CPS.