Crime - London (Bar)
2 Hare Court has an outstanding reputation for prosecuting and defending the most serious criminal cases. It receives high-profile instructions in a broad range of matters, including murder, terrorism and sex cases. The chambers is increasingly instructed by professional clients, in cases such as the News International phone hacking trial and the prosecution of Christopher Huhne and Vicky Pryce for perverting the course of justice. Instructing solicitors describe it as "a real blue-chip set," and admire the consistently high quality of its members, from silk to junior level.
Client service: Julian Campbell is director of clerking at the set and is said to lead a "fantastic" team, which "understands customer service and is really progressive." Ben Heaviside is the senior practice clerk and a popular figure amongst instructing solicitors.
Jonathan Laidlaw QC
An outstanding advocate, who is regularly instructed in headline-grabbing cases. He is also eminently well equipped to advise significant individuals on sensitive matters involving reputational issues.
Expertise: "He is fantastic. He's the hardest-working individual I have ever come across. The work he does is phenomenal. He is top drawer."
Recent work: Successfully defended Rebekah Brooks in the News International phone hacking trial.
Sallie Bennett-Jenkins QC
Acts for defendants in heavyweight criminal trials, including gang murder and sexual offences cases. She has additional experience of securing privacy injunctions for clients subject to media attention.
Expertise: "She is very good at cross-examining in any case where there is expert evidence, and she has stunning ability in the cross-examination of pathologists." "She is great to work with. She just gets on with it and doesn't take any nonsense from judges."
Recent work: Secured the acquittal of a defendant alleged to have been involved in a gang-related murder, in which the victim was selected at random.
Jonathan Rees QC
Regularly prosecutes complex and sensitive criminal cases as Senior Treasury Counsel. He has expertise in trials involving a scientific element such as DNA evidence.
Expertise: "He is a real star and quite outstanding. He has the most wonderful courtroom manner."
Recent work: Prosecuted a defendant alleged to have murdered his girlfriend in 1995 and concealed her body.
Orlando Pownall QC
Frequently called upon to appear for defendants in highly publicised criminal trials. His recent caseload includes significant terrorism and murder cases.
Expertise: "He's a very able advocate and a star performer."
Recent work: Secured the acquittal of an individual charged with two counts of murder, four counts of attempted murder, possession of a firearm with intent and assisting an offender. The case concerned the shooting of two soldiers in Antrim in 2009.
Andrew Edis QC
A go-to prosecutor for the CPS and SFO, appearing in their biggest cases. He has an excellent practice, befitting a barrister of his standing.
Recent work: Prosecuted Stuart Hazell, the murderer of his partner's 12-year-old granddaughter, Tia Sharp.
Peter Wright QC
Defends and prosecutes serious criminal cases, often involving offences such as murder, financial crime and terrorism.
Recent work: Prosecuted former Metropolitan Police Commander Ali Dizaei for misconduct in public office.
Brendan Kelly QC
His broad criminal defence expertise includes significant experience in handling murder cases involving terrorist activity. He is regularly instructed to appear in trials in Northern Ireland.
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in the much-publicised trial of Mark Bridger, who was found guilty of abducting and murdering five-year-old April Jones in Wales in 2012.
Martin Hicks QC
Acts for defendants on a wide range of criminal cases, including those involving homicide, serious violence, blackmail and money laundering.
Expertise: "He is very robust in advocating his case, but he never takes a bad point."
Recent work: Instructed in R v Ahmed Shah, an extremely high-profile drug importation and money laundering case.
Brian O'Neill QC
Prosecutes and defends in cases involving serious and organised crime. His recent instructions include murder, terrorism and sexual assault trials, in addition to a number of financial crime cases.
Recent work: Acted for one of nine defendants accused of conspiring to cause explosions at multiple locations, including the London Stock Exchange.
Acts for defendants on complex criminal matters, including attempted murder, blackmail and drugs cases. He is experienced in handling sensitive trials involving extensive psychiatric evidence.
Expertise: "Juries just like him. They sit up and listen because they know he is a good advocate. He is an absolute class act."
Recent work: Defended a businesswoman charged with blackmail, who was alleged to have used false personae to threaten her lesbian lover with revealing her sexuality.
Has an impressive breadth of experience in handling all manner of criminal matters, whether it be motoring offences or complex drugs trials.
Recent work: Represented music teacher Michael Crombie, who was accused of committing a series of sexual offences against young girls over a period of 30 years.
Handles criminal cases of a serious nature, as well as related regulatory matters. He is Junior Treasury Counsel.
Expertise: "He is a brilliant prosecutor and unbelievably hard-working."
Recent work: Acted for the Ministry of Defence in relation to the alleged battlefield murder of an Afghan insurgent at the hands of three Royal Marine Commandos.
Martin S Heslop QC
Malcolm Swift QC
Bobbie Cheema QC
Christopher Coltart QC