Will Martin > Chambers of Jonathan Laidlaw QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Jonathan Laidlaw QC
2 Hare Court


Will Martin is a highly regarded junior, ranked in the Legal 500 as a leader in the field of crime. Considered to be a first-class advocate and astute tactician, Will advises and acts for individuals and companies in a diverse array of matters across the criminal spectrum, from pre-charge through to trial. Will’s criminal practice focuses primarily on defending and prosecuting serious crime, white-collar crime and regulatory crime. He has particular experience in complex and demanding cases, including murder and high-value fraud. A number of cases in which he has appeared have attracted significant attention in the national media. Will is often instructed in complex regulatory matters, including health and safety, trading standards, planning enforcement and environmental legislation. Will’s professional discipline practice principally focuses on sport, particularly football. He has acted at first instance and appellate levels in proceedings brought by the Football Association in relation to allegations of on and off-field misconduct by players, coaches, intermediaries and clubs.                                                                           


Year of Call 2010


  • 2020: Appointed to SFO Panel B
  • CPS Serious Crime Group Specialist Panel Level 4
  • CPS Fraud Specialist Panel Level 3
  • Young Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Private Prosecution Association


  • A (Hons) (1st class) Politics, University of Nottingham
  • David Karmel Entrance Award, Gray’s Inn
  • Steen Award, Gray’s Inn
  • Norman Tapp Memorial Prize, Gray’s Inn
  • Kalisher Archbold Award, Kalisher Trust

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Will Martin2 Hare CourtOne of the best juniors at the criminal bar. He thinks deeply about his cases and puts huge effort into their preparation. An outstanding all-rounder, he is comfortable arguing points of law and addressing juries. He has the ability to work across a number of practice areas. A definite star in the making.