Peter Lownds > Chambers of Jonathan Laidlaw QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Jonathan Laidlaw QC
2 Hare Court


Peter Lownds specialises in complex and serious criminal cases. He has a high-profile and wide-ranging defence practice that includes fraud, terrorism, major drug supply conspiracies, serious sexual offences and cases involving very serious or fatal violence. His most recent work has included conducting trials for a Russian banker accused of corruption and a man alleged to be involved in the importation of 230 kilos of cocaine. During 2016 he conducted trials for a young man with learning difficulties accused of manslaughter, a woman alleged to be involved in a nationwide conspiracy to supply opium and a business owner accused of involvement in a multi-million-pound international fraud. Other recent cases include defending a businessman accused of historical child cruelty, a teenager alleged to be plotting to make a terrorist bomb, and a client charged following a very serious stabbing incident at an art gallery. His historical high profile cases include successfully defending a pilot of a helicopter charged with manslaughter and representing a man charged over the prohibition of the publication of images of the murderer of James Bulger.


Year of Call 1998 (Grays Inn), Direct Access Course 2010



  • Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Fraud Lawyers’ Association
  • Health & Safety Lawyers’ Association
  • Financial Services Lawyers’ Association

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Peter Lownds2 Hare CourtHe is an exceptionally talented barrister. Incredibly thorough in relation to paper heavy cases. Outstanding written work. Very prompt in responding to correspondence. An advocate of the highest calibre able to easily adapt to the demands of differing cases. Excellent with clients. First choice counsel in London and the surrounding areas.