Brendan Kelly QC > Chambers of Jonathan Laidlaw QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Jonathan Laidlaw QC
2 Hare Court


Brendan Kelly QC is a highly sought after and well respected Silk, whose practice focuses on the provision of advice and advocacy in cases of fraud both civil and criminal, serious crime, and regulatory law. Brendan regularly appears abroad as well as in the UK, advising and representing corporate clients, their individual directors and officers in all aspects of business crime. He is also involved in Regulatory work, and is often sought out by professionals for cases arising in the workplace. His high level of skill, paired with his speed to grasp the issue, enable Brendan’s clients to feel at ease and warm to him immediately, as well as making him a hit with both the judge and jury. Recent instructions include; the attempt by an organized group to defraud a central London Bank of £300 million; a Solicitor accused of Perverting the Court of Justice. He is currently instructed to represent the first defendant in one of the largest tax fraud allegations brought before the courts. Further he has just completed a high value arbitration heard before the London Court of Arbitration.


Year of Call 1988; Grays Inn; South Eastern Circuit; Recorder 2003; Queen’s Counsel 2008.



  • 2008: Recorder
  • 2011: Called to the Northern Irish Bar
  • South Eastern Circuit
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Financial Services Lawyers’ Association

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Brendan Kelly QC2 Hare CourtDebonair and never shies away from the fight.

London Bar > Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Brendan Kelly QC2 Hare CourtHe is charming, but never one to shy away from a fight.