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Jonathan Laidlaw QC

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2 Hare Court (Chambers of Jonathan Laidlaw QC)


Jonathan Laidlaw QC’s practice is predominantly in business and financial crime, in defending directors and companies facing charges brought by the HSE and in professional, regulatory and disciplinary matters. Much of his work, both for individuals and companies here and abroad, is pre-charge and advisory in nature. Jonathan Laidlaw QC has also appeared in major inquests, in sporting tribunals and he is asked to produce reports in silk-led internal inquiries and to provide advice to successful claimants in commercial litigation considering launching private prosecutions. He presently acts for the Bank of England, for a number of individuals who are the subject of SFO, FCA and DoJ investigations including Rolls Royce and ENRC; for DX; for the Allseas Group SA; for The FA; for JTF Wholesale (who face corporate manslaughter charges), for the BAM, Ferrovian and Kier JV (following a fatality on the Cross Rail project); and for Operation Kenova in Northern Ireland.


Called 1982; Inner Temple; South Eastern Circuit; 1995-2000 Junior Treasury Counsel; 1998 recorder; 2000-10 Senior Treasury Counsel; 2008 QC; 2008-10 First Senior Treasury Counsel.


CBA, FLA, HSLA, ARDL, South Eastern Circuit

London Bar

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

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

Jonathan Laidlaw QC - 2 Hare CourtHe does a fantastic job, even in the face of overwhelming cases.

Within: Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

2 Hare Court includes a range of members and juniors who primarily defend in financial crime cases. Jonathan Laidlaw QC continues to advise a founder of ENRC in the SFO investigation into the company, while Orlando Pownall QC represented Ke Xu, a former hedge fund employee convicted in 2015 of copying his employer’s fund algorithms, in a subsequent case over a serious crime prevention order concerning his surrender of computers and return of intellectual property.

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Fraud: crime

Within: Fraud: crime – Leading silks

Jonathan Laidlaw QC - 2 Hare CourtA model of clarity and precision in his submissions and questioning of witnesses.

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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Health and safety

Within: Health and safety – Leading silks

Jonathan Laidlaw QC - 2 Hare CourtHe is an excellent negotiator.

Within: Health and safety

2 Hare Courtcontinues to build its regulatory practice and grows its reputation’ with members handling corporate manslaughter investigations, serious injury issues and non-fatal accidents. A recent example includes Jonathan Laidlaw QC acting for Hugo Boss in a fatality case.

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Inquests and inquiries

Within: Inquests and inquiries – Leading silks

Jonathan Laidlaw QC - 2 Hare CourtHe is an outstanding advocate and has a good feel for cross-examination.

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Within: Sport – Leading silks

Jonathan Laidlaw QC - 2 Hare CourtA great advocate.

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