Jonathan Laidlaw QC

Jonathan Laidlaw QC

"He is an excellent advocate who is calm and who gives superb client care."

Chambers UK 2016
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 awarded last year’s “Crime Silk of the Year“, Jonathan Laidlaw QC was described by Chambers and Partners, in their 2016 Guide, as one of the “star silks”. The directories have spoken of “an outstanding advocate … regularly instructed in headline-grabbing cases” but “also eminently well equipped to advise significant individuals on sensitive matters involving reputational issues”. He is described as “an extraordinarily able advocate with great style who can deal with the most difficult of cases with the greatest of ease” and with “lethal cross-examination skills and a mean way with closing speeches”.

Jonathan Laidlaw QC’s practice is predominantly in fraud and business 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.

Recent instructions include acting for Rebekah Brooks; for GSK; in Rolls Royce; for the Football Association; for Fluor and Hugo Boss in fatality cases; for Highland (the Texas based hedge fund); for Aviva; for JC Decaux; for a series of successful claimants in commercial litigation considering launching private prosecutions; for a number of individuals and financial institutions facing SFO, FCA, DoJ and CMA investigations; and producing silk led reports following internal inquiries.


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