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Orlando Pownall QC

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Orlando Pownall QC is a well-respected and highly sought after Silk with vast experience in serious, complex, high profile, criminal and business crime cases where he often gives pre-charge advice to high profile clients for a range of charges. During his tenure at First Senior Treasury Counsel he prosecuted a large number of high profile cases but since then he almost exclusively defends. Recent instructions include: representing Ke Xu the former city analyst, acquitted of 3 counts of a 5 count indictment after being privately prosecuted by his form employer, a businessman cleared of all involvement in a nationwide heroin conspiracy, former England footballer Adam Johnson, acquitted of the most serious charge of sexual activity with an underage fan, representing former New Zealand cricket captain Chris Cairns, cleared of perjury and perverting the course of justice, defending in operation Tabernula where Orlando’s client was acquitted of insider dealings to the tine of 10’s of millions - this was the largest prosecution of its type to have ever been brought.


Called 1975; Inner Temple; South Eastern Circuit; QC 2002.


German, Italian, Spanish.



London Bar

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

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

Orlando Pownall QC - 2 Hare CourtThe speed of his understanding on the complex issues in a case is outstanding.

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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Crime (general crime)

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Orlando Pownall QC - 2 Hare CourtHis work has included sexual offence and violence cases.

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Fraud: crime

Within: Fraud: crime – Leading silks

Orlando Pownall QC - 2 Hare CourtA formidable and well-respected advocate, and an amazing tactician.

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