Jonathan Laidlaw QC

Jonathan Laidlaw QC

A "stand out silk … now specialising only in private defence work which spans the area of general crime, business crime, fraud and regulatory work, among others".

Chambers UK 2017
Year of call: 1982 QC: 2008
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Rated in the directories as a leader in the fields of crime, financial crime, health and safety and inquests and public inquiries and previously awarded “Crime Silk of the Year”, Jonathan Laidlaw QC has consistently been ranked by Chambers as one of their star silks. The directories have described him as “an exceptional silk who provides superlative client care and commands the authority of the court with his formidable advocacy”. They have spoken of him being “an outstanding advocate … regularly instructed in headline-grabbing cases” who is, “also eminently well equipped to advise significant individuals on sensitive matters involving reputational issues”. It has been said that he is “an extraordinarily able advocate with great style who can deal with the most difficult of cases with the greatest of ease” and that he has “lethal cross-examination skills and a mean way with closing speeches”. He features in the Sunday Times/Debretts list of the 500 most influential people in Britain today.

Jonathan Laidlaw QC’s practice is predominantly in business and financial crime, in defending directors and companies facing charges brought by the HSE and in professional, regulatory and disciplinary matters. Much of his work, both for individuals and companies here and abroad, is pre-charge and advisory in nature. Jonathan Laidlaw QC has also appeared in major inquests and in sporting tribunals and is asked to produce reports in silk-led internal inquiries. He presently acts for the Bank of England, for a number of individuals who are the subject of SFO, FCA and DoJ investigations including Rolls Royce and ENRC; for The FA in the Hillsborough criminal investigation; for directors and companies facing HSE trials including JTF Wholesale who face corporate manslaughter charges and BAM, Ferrovian and Kier following a fatality on the Cross Rail project; and for Operation Kenova in Northern Ireland.

Recent instructions include acting for Rebekah Brooks in the phone-hacking case; for the CEO of a major logistics company in a revenue fraud; in the cricket match fixing case; for the Football Association in the Hillsborough Inquests; for Statoil in the In Amenas Inquests; for Fluor, Hugo Boss and Cape Industries in fatality cases; for Monovan Construction Ltd (the first company to face corporate manslaughter charges under the new Sentencing Guideline); for the trainer Jim Best in hearings before the British Horseracing Authority; for the IAAF in a CAS hearing in Lausanne; and for Allseas in their private prosecution.

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