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Chambers of Jonathan Laidlaw QC

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Andrew Radcliffe QC

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2 Hare Court (Chambers of Jonathan Laidlaw QC)


A white collar crime fraud specialist, most of his recent work in this country has been defending in serious fraud and fraud related cases although, in the past, he has, in addition, regularly been instructed by the SFO (including MLA cases) and the CPS. Since taking silk in 2000, his cases have included most aspects of fraud and allied offences, including allegations of price fixing, money laundering, MTIC fraud, duty evasion, tax evasion and advance fee fraud as well as confiscation. He has defended successfully in the Kent Pharmaceuticals case and the OFT prosecution of British Airways executives accused of price fixing in collusion with Virgin Atlantic Airlines. He was subsequently instructed for the lead defendant in the "Blue Index" case, the first cross-jurisdictional insider dealing prosecution brought by the FSA, involving proceedings and evidence on both sides of the Atlantic. He also acts in murder and other cases of serious crime and has been instructed in regulatory matters, e.g. for the Football Association. He frequently works in the Cayman Islands, both advising and in court there. Recent examples of work there include allegations of corruption, misconduct in public office and fraud, as well as murder and firearms cases. He was called to the Turks and Caicos Islands Bar in 2014 and successfully defended in allegations concerning the Revenue there in 2015. Andrew’s recent instructions include, a £52 million pension fraud, €50 million cross border money laundering involving multiple jurisdictions, including Luxembourg, France, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Dubai, allegations of tax fraud in Turks & Caicos and a prosecution arising out of the liquidation of JJB plc, the sportswear retailer. He is presently instructed in Operation Amazon, a trial involving allegations of tax cheat, that began in February 2017


Called 1975; Assistant Recorder 1998; Recorder 2000; Queen’s Counsel 2000.

The author of two chapters (on insider dealing and regulatory offences, respectively) in ‘Fraud: Law, Practice and Procedure’ (LexisNexis 2012). A contributor to the CBA’s responses to the Law Commission in respect of the law relating to fraud and dishonesty and, later, the review of the laws of conspiracy and attempt.


Criminal Bar Association, Fraud Lawyers Assocation

London Bar

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

Within: Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – Leading silks

Andrew Radcliffe QC - 2 Hare CourtAn absolutely beautiful presenter of a case.

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Fraud: crime

Within: Fraud: crime – Leading silks

Andrew Radcliffe QC - 2 Hare CourtInstructed in long-running fraud cases.

Within: Fraud: crime

2 Hare Court is an ‘extremely good set of barristers – they make solicitors want to instruct them time and time again’. Members were instructed on both side of Allseas Group’s private prosecution of Paul Sultana, who was convicted of and sentenced to eight years imprisonment for an investment fraud that caused Allseas to lose €100m; Jonathan Laidlaw QC for the prosecution, and Martin Hicks QC and Vivienne Tanchel for the defence. Meanwhile, Andrew Radcliffe QC represented a 65-year-old chartered accountant who was acquitted in the Operation Amazon trial after the jury failed to agree and the prosecution offered no further evidence.

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