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Chambers of Jonathan Laidlaw QC
2 Hare Court
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An established criminal advocate, he defends and prosecutes the most serious and complex cases. Recent practice has focused on serious fraud, business crime, bribery and corruption and money laundering. He also advises and represents individuals and companies in contested regulatory matters, in particular in environmental proceedings. A CPS level 4 and SFO Panel A prosecutor, he is instructed as leading counsel in high-profile, sensitive and multi-handed trials where specialist knowledge is required. He deals with offences under POCA and also with the confiscation regime including pre-charge restraint. Recent cases include R v Mills and others: allegations of serious and long running corruption between senior managers of HBOS and leading figures of the UK business community, R v Gillam and Davies: bribery by UK company directors to secure US military hardware contract in Afghanistan, R v Barsso and others: allegations of market rigging and hidden referral fees within the insurance industry and R v Sanghera and others: importation of Cocaine and ammunition into Heathrow via BA cargo flights from Mexico.


Called 1999, Lincoln’s Inn, Wolfson and Hardwicke Scholar, SFO Panel A, CPS Grade 4 (including for fraud and organised crime), Specialist Regulatory Advocate (HSE, EA and ORR).


Criminal Bar Association, Fraud Lawyers Association, UK Environmental Law Association, Health and Safety Lawyers Association

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Fraud: crime

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Angus Bunyan2 Hare CourtHis judgement is sound and his manner unflappable.

2 Hare Court is a ‘very strong‘ and ‘talented‘ set with ‘an impressive range of counsel‘. Recent highlights include new silk David Whittaker QC successfully defending a businessman against two counts of alleged fraud and money laundering after £500,000 was found in his car at the time of his arrest and then at his home address. Meanwhile, Angus Bunyan successfully prosecuted businessmen Terrence Mitchell and Andrew Meikle, who were convicted of running an investment scam by offering investors a fixed interest plan with a guaranteed rate of return; the money was instead used by the defendants for personal means.