Julia Faure Walker > Chambers of Jonathan Laidlaw QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Jonathan Laidlaw QC
2 Hare Court
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Work Department

Crime, extradition and professional discipline.


Prosecutes and defences in serious and organised crime, including highly complex cases with international element; also appears in regulatory cases including trade mark infringement and health & safety.  Recent successes include cases of complex fraud, money laundering, drugs, firearms, serious violence, homicide, sexual offences and regulatory offences. She receives instructions from CPS Special Crime and Counter-Terrorism Division, Organised Crime Division and Complex Casework Unit, as well as leading defence firms. She is trained in handling vulnerable witnesses and use of intermediaries in criminal cases. Julia has been appointed to: Serious Fraud Office B-List, Grade 4 CPS General Crime Panel, CPS Special Crime Panel, CPS Rape Panel and CPS Extradition Panel. In extradition proceedings, Julia acts for requesting states and defendants at first instance, but more often in appeals in the Administrative Court; advisory work includes merits of appeals to Supreme Court; instructions cases range from complex fraud to murder, in proceedings under both Part 1 and Part 2 of the 2003 Act. Julia has appeared in judicial review proceedings relating to licensing, and advised on the merits of judicial review in a range of criminal, or criminally-related, proceedings, as well as in prison law. In the field of professional discipline, she has appeared in proceedings brought by the General Medical Council, General Dental Council, Nursing and Midwifery Council, Health and Care Professions Council, General Optical Council and the National College of Teaching and Leadership, as well as in appeal proceedings. She has appeared in dozens of fitness to practice hearings. Since 2015, she has been part of the counsel team of a statutory public inquiry.


Called 2004; Lincoln’s Inn; 2 Hare Court 2006.


Criminal Bar Association

Health and Safety Lawyers Association

Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers


Churchill College, Cambridge (BA Social and Political Sciences 1st); City University, (post graduate Diploma in Law); London Bar Vocational Course (Very Competent); ICSL; Lord Bowen Scholarship; Lord Denning Scholarship.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Julia Faure Walker2 Hare CourtShe has the ability to master complex facts from which she identifies the salient issues with convincing accuracy.

2 Hare Court ‘boasts an impressive range of counsel and is able to offer a range of suitable options in relation to any enquiry‘. Traditionally regarded as a prosecution set, chambers continues to receive Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) instructions for some of the most serious cases, but it also handles high-quality private defence and prosecution work, too. Recent instructions include Julia Faure Walker prosecuting three individuals for a sex trafficking conspiracy, including the “sale” of a prostitute for €10,000 in a case with issues as to the admissibility of Romanian intercept evidence. Turning to defence highlights, Martin Hicks QC and Scott Ivill represented a man who was acquitted of an alleged manslaughter after his brother died of a heart attack in the family home during a supposed exorcism. Also of note, Brendan Kelly QC defended Xeneral Webster, a 19-year-old drill musician who was acquitted of murder but received a 17-year sentence for manslaughter on a plea of guilty; this case is believed to be the first conviction for an acid attack killing in the UK. Turning to the juniors’ unled work, Gudrun Young successfully represented well-known feminist activist Linda Bellos, who was privately prosecuted by a transgender rights activist for a supposed public order offence after indicating that she would defend herself against violent attack – the private prosecution was taken over and discontinued by the CPS.