Jonathan Laidlaw QC

Jonathan Laidlaw QC

“a superstar” - Legal 500 2017

“as big a name as there is” - Chambers UK 2018
Year of call: 1982 QC: 2008
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Business Crime & Financial Services

Chambers rate Jonathan Laidlaw QC as one of their star silks in financial crime.

He has acted for Kevin Burrage, the under-bond dealer, in one of the largest diversion frauds prosecuted in this country; for the director of a highly successful building and maintenance company who was acquitted following a long trial brought by the Central Fraud Group; for James McCormick who faced fraud charges relating to the sale of fake bomb detection equipment to the Iraq Government; and for the CEO of a major logistics company who faced allegations of tax fraud. He acts for the Bank of England, he represented GSK in their hearing before the Divisional Court; he acts for the subjects of a number of SFO, FCA, DoJ investigations including Rolls Royce and ENRC; and for PCP in the Barclays litigation in the Commercial Court.

The 2015 Chambers and Partners guide, in the Financial Crime chapter, says this of Jonathan Laidlaw QC, “he is highly respected for his expertise in criminal fraud and regulatory issues. Often instructed in novel and challenging cases” and those contributing to the guide say, “he is unbeatable in my opinion. He is amongst the top QCs in the area” and “he is phenomenal”. In the 2016 guide it is said that Jonathan Laidlaw QC “has a great mind, is incredibly well organised and is very approachable. He has great client skills and is a very strong advocate – he creates trust and has a very clear style” and “he is very level-headed and deals with cases on a very even keel. He works very methodically.” The 2017 guide says he is a, “very persuasive advocate with a sure touch. He’s very, very user-friendly … Easy to work with, very responsive and extremely straightforward.” The 2018 guide says of him, “an absolute class act. He is very experienced, good with clients, and someone who really knows the criminal law inside and out … Clients love him. He is so hard-working, and he’s just a phenomenal advocate … He combines commercial awareness with the legal ability that you are looking for in a case”. 

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