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2 Hare Court


2 Hare Court - London
  • 2 Hare Court
  • Temple
  • London
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC4Y 7BH
  • Head of Chambers Jonathan Laidlaw QC
  • Director of Clerking Julian Campbell
  • Tenants 57

The Chambers 2 Hare Court is consistently recognised as one of the UK’s leading sets of expert barristers specialising in crime, fraud, professional discipline, health and safety and other areas of regulatory law. Their individual and corporate clients instruct them via solicitors, other professional advisers, or on a direct access basis. The set’s barristers provide early and strategic analysis and advice, as well as advocacy of the highest quality where cases cannot be resolved at an early stage and need to progress to court or other tribunal. According to the leading industry directories, 2 Hare Court “provides a blue-chip service to professional and lay clients alike”, whilst sources “are keen to highlight the set’s commitment to providing exemplary client care.” More information on their barristers and work can be found at

Work Undertaken
The strength and depth of experience amongst 2 Hare Court’s specialist advocates sees them advising, defending and prosecuting in all forms of criminal work, particularly in serious and complex cases of terrorism (including Special Advocate work), murder, honour killings, international drug and human trafficking, serious organised crime and sexual offences (especially historic). Recent cases include Brooks (phone hacking), Huhne & Pryce, Stock Exchange terrorist bombing plot, Bridger (murder of Welsh girl April Jones), Gnango (Supreme Court decision on law of murder), McCormick (fake bomb detectors sold in Iraq), Ali Dizaei (corrupt Met Police commissioner), PC Blakelock/Broadwater Farm riots, the Derby Hate Crime case, Lee Rigby murder, Victoria Station stabbing case, and Nigel Evans, MP amongst others.
Fraud & Financial Services Regulation: Members of Chambers are routinely instructed the largest and most complex financial crime cases. Their experience includes all forms of fraud, MTIC/VAT tribunal hearings, market abuse (insider dealing, LIBOR and other benchmark rates), asset recovery and forfeiture, and restraint/confiscation proceedings. Recent cases include BA price fixing, “Blue Index”, SFO v Tchenguiz, Innospec, Operation Tabernula, Turks and Caicos corruption cases, MOBILX, Torex Retail, and MP/Lords Expenses. Members also defend financial services professionals in regulatory proceedings, and advise on potential liability under the criminal law in parallel with regulatory breaches (FSMA/Financial Services Act).
Professional Discipline: Members have extensive expertise in this field, appearing in particular before all healthcare regulators primarily defending members of all the major MDOs as well as other professionals. Members of the set also appear in proceedings involving the police, accountants and actuaries, tax advisers, solicitors, sports professionals, telecommunications, and other industry sectors.
Regulatory Crime: 2 Hare Court is now one of the leading sets in this field, and its members are regularly instructed in a wide variety of cases brought under the HSWA 1974 and related regulations and legislation, including advising companies and directors on corporate and gross negligence manslaughter, deaths at work, falls from height, mechanical injuries, poisoning, inhalation of gases, and so on. Recent and current instructions include the Hillsborough disaster, Lion Steel, the Armenas gas project terrorist attack, and several cases arising from major incidents on gas and oil platforms. The set also advises on environmental cases (e.g. spillages, high toxicity gas releases). Members are also regularly instructed on behalf of claimants and defendants in civil litigation following workplace accidents and HSE prosecutions. Dovetailing their healthcare, regulatory and health and safety experience, the set’s barristers also specialises in cases involving care homes (inquests, HSE prosecutions, CQC proceedings or other regulatory breaches, professional discipline proceedings, etc).
Inquests: 2 Hare Court has a team of specialists with extensive experience of advocacy before the Coroner’s Court, particularly in cases involving health and safety, healthcare and military service issues.

Members List

  • Jonathan Laidlaw QC (1982) (QC-2008) *
  • Orlando Pownall QC (1975) (QC-2002) A
  • Malcolm Swift QC (1970) (QC-1988)
  • Martin Heslop QC (1972) (QC-1995) A *
  • David Waters QC (1973) (QC-1999) A
  • Andrew Edis QC (1980) (QC-1997) + •
  • Peter Wright QC (1981) (QC – 1999) *
  • Andrew Radcliffe QC (1975) (QC-2000) A
  • James Pickup QC (1976) (QC-2000) A *
  • David Howker QC (1982) (QC-2002)
  • Martin Hicks QC (1977) (QC-2003)
  • Sallie Bennett-Jenkins QC (1984) (QC-2006) A *
  • Brendan Kelly QC (1988) (QC-2008) A *
  • Jonathan Rees QC (1987) (QC-2010) A •
  • Brian O’Neill QC (1987) (QC-2010) A *
  • Parmjit-Kaur (Bobbie) Cheema QC (1989) (QC-2013) A + •
  • Christopher Coltart QC (1998) (QC-2014)A
  • Jacqueline Samuel (1971)
  • W. John Jones (1972) A *
  • Andrew Colman (1980) A
  • Tyrone Belger (1984)
  • James Dawson (1984) A *
  • David Whittaker (1986) *
  • Michael Logsdon (1988)
  • Kenneth Millett (1988) A
  • Marios Lambis (1989) A *
  • Alex Lewis (1990) A
  • Christopher Gillespie (1991) A
  • Craig Ferguson (1992) A *
  • Kate Bex (1992) A
  • Andrew Hurst (1992) A
  • James Buchanan (1993) A
  • Christopher Foulkes (1994) A
  • Stephen Brassington (1994) A
  • Zubair Ahmad (1995) A
  • Oliver Glasgow (1995) A ++
  • Scott Ivill (1997) A
  • Narita Bahra (1997) A
  • Peter Lownds (1998)
  • Quinn Hawkins (1999)
  • Angus Bunyan (1999) A
  • Gudrun Young (2001)
  • Robert Rinder (2001) A
  • Rebekah Hummerstone (2002) A
  • Naeem Mian (2002) A
  • Julia Faure Walker (2004) A
  • Vivienne Tanchel (2005) A
  • Sarah Przybylska (2006) A
  • Emily Dummett (2006) A
  • Harry Bentley (2007)
  • Alexandra Tampakopoulos (2007)
  • Christopher Ware (2007)
  • Thomas Day (2008) A
  • Fiona Robertson (2008)
  • Christopher Geering (2009) A
  • Ben Rich (2010)
  • Nikita McNeill (2010)
  • * Recorder of the Crown Court +Deputy High Court Judge • Senior Treasury Counsel ++ Junior Treasury Counsel A Public/Direct Access