Crime - London (Bar)
Although once known for being more weighted towards prosecution work, 2 Hare Court has repositioned itself such that the majority of its work is now in fact on the defence side. Sources enthuse about the exceptional quality of the individuals here, and it is noted that the set has the greatest number of QCs appointed over the last ten years. These members busy themselves in major criminal cases of all hues, including major murder, fraud and sexual cases, and recently had a role in the phone hacking scandal.
Client service: "The clerks are always available to cover hearings. They have very high standards, and are always willing and able to assist us. No corners are cut. They are outstanding." Senior practice clerk Ben Heaviside is the first point of contact for all criminal work.
Jonathan Laidlaw QC
A former senior Treasury counsel, who is highly praised for his great courtroom manner and is widely respected by his opponents.
Expertise: "He is a very, very hard worker. Juries lap it up as he kills his opponents softly." Recent work: He represented a defendant who allegedly made a substantial amount of profit by producing fake bomb detectors used in numerous countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan.
Orlando Pownall QC
One of the most highly sought-after criminal silks, he is head of chambers and is an extremely persuasive and impressive jury advocate.
Expertise: "He is a supreme performer and an artist of the courtroom."
Recent work: He handled a complex murder appeal involving new forensic evidence and failures on the part of the defence during the trial.
Andrew Edis QC
Considered one of the top crime silks, he handles very high-profile cases both defending and prosecuting.
Expertise: "He is ferociously efficient and a devastating cross-examiner."
Recent work: He prosecuted former Liberal Democrat MP Chris Huhne and his ex-wife Vicky Pryce on charges of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.
Peter Wright QC
Has a very strong prosecution practice, and has dealt with a number of matters concerning the serious misconduct of individuals in public office.
Expertise: "He is absolutely fantastic. He prosecutes a lot, often in terrorist cases."
Recent work: He recently prosecuted numerous MPs accused of making fraudulent expense claims.
Brendan Kelly QC
A charismatic criminal silk with a reputation for his jury advocacy skills.
Expertise: "He is very hard-working, and very intelligent. He quickly gets to grips with the case. He never aggressively cross-examines someone, he just charms them, gets them into a corner and then trips them up."
Recent work: He acted on behalf of Mark Bridger, in the headline-grabbing case concerning the murder and abduction of five-year-old April Jones, whose body has never been found.
Brian O'Neill QC
A recent silk who has a very strong practice, and particular expertise in handling terrorism cases.
Expertise: "He is very level-headed, and very cool."
Recent work: He represented a man accused with eight others of plotting a terrorist attack on the LSE.
Sallie Bennett-Jenkins QC
A brilliant advocate, who defends a variety of serious criminal cases, especially murders and sex offences.
Expertise: "She is hard-working, fearless, clever and highly strategic in her approach."
Recent work: She appeared as defence counsel before the Supreme Court in the leading case of R v Gnango. This concerned the concept of transferred malice.
Jonathan Rees QC
Senior Treasury counsel. He is a highly esteemed silk who regularly handles high-profile murder cases.
Expertise: "Juries love him. He has a really good style of advocacy."
Recent work: He prosecuted a black-cab driver in a historic case relating to the killing of his mistress.
Christopher Coltart QC
A top-quality junior practitioner, whom solicitors feel confident instructing in extremely serious and complex crime cases.
Expertise: "He inspires the complete confidence of everyone involved in a case."
Recent work: He represented a woman who had broken into television personality Simon Cowell's home in the belief he had been stalking her online.
Incredibly bright junior who handles a variety of serious criminal matters, from drugs offences to fraud.
Expertise: "He has a tremendous grasp of detail, is hard-working and gets straight to the point."
Recent work: He prosecuted a businesswoman accused of blackmailing her lesbian lover with the threat that she would disclose her sexual orientation.
A very strong and highly experienced junior, who has recently joined the chambers from 9 Bedford Row.
Expertise: "He is a fantastic acquisition for the set." "He is charming and extremely able."
Recent work: He acted on behalf of a man charged with conspiracy to rob several Argos stores.
A highly recommended criminal practitioner, who is experienced in dealing with very serious cases and vulnerable individuals. He is a senior Treasury counsel.
Expertise: "He deals with extremely difficult clients very well."
Recent work: He prosecuted in a highly publicised trial of two individuals who tortured and killed a boy believing him to be possessed by witchcraft.
Parmjit-Kaur Cheema QC
Malcolm Swift QC
Martin Heslop QC
Martin Hicks QC