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Chambers of Jonathan Laidlaw QC

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R –v- Iraj Parvizi and Ors, Operation Tabernula (Orlando Pownall QC, David Whittaker) – Defendant Charged with 10’s of millions of insider dealings, alongside 7 co-defendants. It was the largest prosecution of its type to ever have been brought. Mr Parvizi was acquitted.

R -v- Johnson (Orlando Pownall QC, Gudrun Young) - Former England footballer charged with sexual activity, grooming, digital penetration of a child and oral penetration. The latter, more serious charge he was acquitted of, and the former he was convicted.

R -v- Best (Jonathan Laidlaw QC) The representation of race horse trainer Jim Best in his appeal before the British Horseracing Authority. The Appeal Board quashed the findings of the Disciplinary Board, ordered a re-hearing before a fresh, independent panel and required the Authority to pay all of Mr Best’s costs.

R-v- Cairns (Orlando Pownall QC and Jonathan Laidlaw QC) – Orlando represented the former New Zealand cricket captain charged with perverting and perjury following a libel trial when he brought proceedings against the chairman of the IPL, Lalit Modi, who accused him of match fixing. Cairns succeeded in that trial and was awarded substantial damages. Jonathan acted for his co-defendant, a barrister, Andrew Fitch-Holland and both were acquitted.

The Independent Jersey Care Inquiry (Oliver Glasgow QC, Sarah Przybylska) – The investigation of the abuse of children in Jersey’s care system dating back to 1945.

Hillsborough Inquests (Jonathan Laidlaw QC, Tom Day, Nikita McNeill) – Inquests into the deaths of 96 football supporters in 1989, it was the longest case of its kind in history, lasting 319 days. 620 witnesses were called and a further 532 witness accounts were read to the jury who concluded those who died were unlawfully killed.

Trojan Horse Inquiry (Andrew Colman, James Buchanan, Kate Bex, Chris Gillespie, Christopher Geering) – Presented on behalf of the NCTL, the investigation into to an organised attempt by a number of associated individuals to introduce an Islamist or Salafist ethos into schools in Birmingham.

CPS -v- Rose (Jonathan Rees QC) - Thought to be the first ever secured prosecution of an optometrist for gross negligence manslaughter.  The defendant breached her duty of care in her failure to detect swollen optic discs and her failure to refer her 8-year-old patient for further investigation.

CPS -v- Huckle (Brian O’Neill QC) – Brian prosecuted Huckle who was sentenced to 22 concurrent life sentences with a minimum term of 25 years after being charged with 71 counts of rape, sexual assault and other forms of child abuse against 23 children, living in poverty in Malaysia between 2006 and 2014.

CPS -v- Mire (Jonathan Rees QC) - Mire was found guilty of attempted murder following a violent attack at Leytonstone tube. Mire sawed at a random passengers’ throat with a knife in an imitation of an ISIS execution.

CPS -v- Darbyshire (Jonathan Rees QC) – The transgender defendant was found guilty of murdering her MS-suffering father in what was claimed to be an act of mercy. Lesser offences of manslaughter or assisting suicide were rejected by the jurors.


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