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Chambers of Jonathan Laidlaw QC
2 Hare Court


Oliver Glasgow QC was appointed Senior Treasury Counsel in 2015 and Queen’s Counsel in 2016. He has a reputation for detailed preparation, exceptional advocacy and is an especially good cross-examiner. He divides his practice between working at the highest level in the criminal sphere, where he appears in high profile trials of the utmost gravity for both prosecution and defence, and specialising in serious quasi-criminal and regulatory work, where he defends in regulatory and health and safety work, and acts for interested parties in public inquiries and inquests. Recent instructions include high profile corporate manslaughter and health and safety matters (Chevron Oil, Sean Rigg, Goe & Primecare); acting for the SPA in historic abuse allegations and the MoD in the Blackman appeal; representing the AG of Jersey in the historic child abuse inquiry; and complex homicide and terrorist offences (R v. Belorusov, R v Cookhorn, R v. Majdouline). He has advised the AG in cases of general public importance; advised companies and individuals in connection with investigations and private prosecutions; and advised professionals and sportsmen in connection with allegations of misconduct and ethics.

Oliver was nominated Crime Silk of the Year 2020 by Chambers UK Bar Awards.


Year of Call 1995; Middle Temple; South Eastern Circuit; Treasury Counsel 2009; Senior Treasury Counsel 2015; Appointed Queen’s Counsel 2016; ATC Advocacy Trainer



  • 2021: First Senior Treasury Counsel
  • 2015: Senior Treasury Counsel
  • 2009: Junior Treasury Counsel
  • ATC Advocacy Trainer
  • Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Health & Safety Lawyers’ Association


  • MA Oxon, Jurisprudence, Oxford University

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Oliver Glasgow QC2 Hare CourtPolished and highly intelligent, he is simply one of the best prosecutors around. Master of his brief and a deadly cross-examiner. Mr Glasgow is very approachable, decisive and always dealt with the cases to the highest standard. He an excellent advocate, concentrates on the issues in the case and engages well with other court users.

2 Hare Court ‘is an excellent chambers with a fine reputation in criminal law‘. The set has established expertise in handling a range of prosecution instructions, and in the words of one client, ‘its private prosecutions group is market-leading‘. Recent instructions include Oliver Glasgow QC representing the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in R v Kirill Belorusov, in which the defendant was convicted of the murder of his ex-girlfriend and burying her body in the garden of her home. Turning to the juniors’ unled work, Nneka Akudolu successfully represented Gheorghe Mihai, one of three defendants who was charged with gang rape. In recent news, March 2020 saw Leon Kazakos QC elevated to silk, while in September Kate Blackwell QC joined chambers.