David Whittaker QC > Chambers of Jonathan Laidlaw QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Jonathan Laidlaw QC
2 Hare Court


David Whittaker QC has considerable experience in most forms of serious crime. He frequently acts in complex, often high profile cases.

He is regularly instructed to defend in complex fraud cases brought by the SFO and FCA; receives private instructions in general crime; and is increasingly instructed on behalf of corporate bodies and their officers in Health & Safety investigations.

David represents companies and professionals accused of financial crime and has experience of ancillary proceedings, including asset forfeiture, restraint and confiscation.

Recent cases of fraud include Operation Tabernula (representing a trader charged with insider dealing) and Operation Cotton (representing defendant in the largest land banking scheme). In general crime he recently secured acquittals for two professionals charged separately with coercive and controlling behaviour in a marriage.

In R v H he successfully represented a lead defendant in a large cocaine conspiracy.

He also defends in serious motoring cases and death by driving.

In Health & Safety matters during 2017 he secured the acquittal of a building company charged over the death of a sub-contractor and has represented other companies following guilty pleas. He also acts for care home providers charged under the 2014 Health and Social Care Act Regulations.

His case preparation is meticulous, and he excels at client care.


Appointed Queen’s Counsel 2019
Year of Call 1986


  • Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Health & Safety Lawyers Association
  • 2002-present: Recorder
  • South Eastern Circuit


University College, London, BA (Hons); City University, Dip Law.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Fraud: crime

(2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

David Whittaker QC2 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.

London Bar > Crime

(2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

David Whittaker QC2 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.