Karl Laird > Chambers of Simon Denison QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Simon Denison QC
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Karl became a Member of Chambers in October 2019 following the successful completion of his pupillage. Upon completing the BCL, Karl began a career as a legal academic at Oxford and was a Stipendiary Lecturer in Law and Fixed-term Fellow at various colleges during the five years before he commenced pupillage. He remains a Stipendiary Lecturer and Tutor in Law at St Edmund Hall, Oxford.  During this time Karl also taught at the Universities of Bristol, Cambridge and at the LSE.  He is the author of numerous publications and is the co-author (with Professor David Ormerod QC) of Smith and Hogan’s Criminal Law. He is a contributor to Montgomery and Ormerod: Fraud Law and Practice, writes monthly case notes for the Criminal Law Review, and also contributes case notes to Lloyd’s Law Reports: Financial Crime.  Prior to commencing pupillage, and in conjunction with his academic work, Karl was a Team Lawyer at the Law Commission of England and Wales, where he worked on a project on firearms law (which led to the enactment of provisions in the Policing and Crime Act 2017) and also on a review of official secrets legislation.  He lectures regularly to the legal profession and has delivered lectures to the Judicial College, the CPS, the Whitehall Prosecutors’ Group and the Hong Kong Department of Justice.  Karl was called to the Bar by Lincoln’s Inn in 2018, having been awarded a Lord Mansfield Scholarship and a Hardwicke Entrance Award.

Karl is Special Adviser to the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, Jonathan Hall QC.


Law, Queen Mary Univeristy of London
BCL, Mansfield College, Oxford