Nneka Akudolu > Chambers of Jonathan Laidlaw QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Jonathan Laidlaw QC
2 Hare Court


Nneka is a highly respected jury advocate whose practice encompasses all areas of serious crime.  She has particular experience working with vulnerable defendants and witnesses and those charged with historic allegations of a sexual nature. Nneka is a Grade 4 prosecutor and is on the approved list to prosecute rape and serious sexual offences. Nneka is a personable and approachable advocate whose ability to understand the facts of a case quickly and effectively enable her to grasp the issues with ease.  Her practice continues to grow at a pace – in the last year she has appeared as junior alone for the defence in a case of murder and has appeared as leading counsel in a case involving multiple counts of rape and serious sexual assaults against multiple complainants.

Away from the Crown Court, Nneka has a keen interest in Military Law and has enjoyed a wealth of experience representing members of the armed forces and their dependents in Court Martial proceedings here and overseas.  Her military work covers a wide range of offences including serious violence and rape. Nneka has extensive experience in prosecuting and defending regulatory offences such as breaches of Health & Safety and Trading Standards Legislation. She also receives instructions to defend police officers accused of breaching standards of professional behaviour and facing misconduct proceedings.


Called 2002


  • CPS Advocates Panel, Grade 4
  • CPS RASSO List
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • South Eastern Circuit
  • British Nigeria Law Forum
  • Pupil Supervisor
  • 2 Hare Court Equality and Diversity Officer

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Nneka Akudolu2 Hare CourtNneka is very conscientious, she provides advice promptly, she is very personable and defendants are very complimentary about her and the manner in which she deals with their cases. Her knowledge and application of the law is second to none and is often my go-to counsel. Judges respect her.

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.