Christopher Ware > Chambers of Jonathan Laidlaw QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Jonathan Laidlaw QC
2 Hare Court
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Christopher Ware principally defends in serious and complex fraud; corporate, regulatory and business crime; and high-profile and serious crime. He has acted in cases involving, for example, allegations of corruption, money laundering, insider dealing, ‘boiler room’ fraud, perjury, perverting the course of justice, and trading standards offences. Work Highlights include, Ben O’Driscoll (for deputy Editor of The Sun in Operation Elveden, allegation of corruption by journalists. One of the largest and costliest police investigations ever); Greig Box-Turnbull (Operation Elveden, represented a reporter at the Daily Mirror); Ben Ashford (Operation Tuleta, acted for a reporter at The Sun. Allegation of computer hacking); Operation Yewtree (represented well-known individual in High Court proceedings. High-profile, long-running investigation into historical abuse); Operation Cotton (multi-million pound land banking fraud, FCA prosecution); Operation Citrus (represented company director in multi-million pound trading standards and fraud prosecution, said to be first trading standards prosecution of its kind); Operation Tabernula (pre-charge advice to the FCA, largest ever insider dealing investigation); Operation Callahan (represented senior employee accused of multi-million pound telecommunications fraud). Recent instructions include, for example, defending in a private prosecution arising out of multi-million pound civil claim; defending a property developer accused in a UK wide drugs conspiracy (Operation Broadus); and defending a company director accused of a telecommunications fraud (Operation Patmore). Christopher also acts in regulatory proceedings and sports law, including involving such bodies as the Football Association and the British Horseracing Authority. He has been instructed in cases including match-fixing and corruption, and on field conduct.


Called 2007; Lincoln’s Inn.


German, Spanish.




Oxford University (2006 BA Hons Jurisprudence); Inns of Court School of Law (2007 Bar Vocational Course); Lincoln’s Inn (Hardwicke Scholar, Hubert Greenland Scholar).