Jonathan Laidlaw KC

Jonathan Laidlaw KC

“An incredible advocate … fantastic in every way.”
“Simply the best … there is a reason he is constantly involved in the biggest cases.”

Chambers UK 2024
Legal 500 UK 2024
Year of call: 1982 KC: 2008
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Business Crime & Financial Services

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

More recently he represented GSK in their hearing before the Divisional Court; for Allseas SA in their successful prosecution of those responsible for a €100 fraud upon the company; for subjects in the SFO’s investigations into Rolls Royce; for the CEO of the casino in the Summit Partners case which resulted in all charges being dismissed against him; for PCP in the Barclays litigation; he acted for the Bank of England in its investigation into the former Barclays CEO Jess Staley’s alleged misrepresentation of his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein; and for Boris Becker.

Jonathan Laidlaw KC presently acts for the subjects of a number of SFO, FCA, NCA and DoJ investigations including ENRC along with the owner of an energy supplier in a major fraud investigation and for the ex-Nigerian Minister for Petroleum Resources.

The 2023 Chambers guide said, “Jonathan Laidlaw KC is a top barrister with a wide-ranging practice in financial crime. Having served as First Senior Treasury Counsel, he has in recent years been involved in major SFO investigations into alleged corruption and market manipulation offences. He is highly rated for his defence of directors and companies facing fraud charges …”. Amongst the other testimonials in that edition it was said he, “understands the commercial side of things. He does a great job in court” … “is a great strategist” and “an expert in the field”.

The 2024 guide says, “Jonathan is an incredible advocate. He is fantastic in every way” … “He is a very user-friendly silk. He is approachable, strategic and knowledgeable” … “Super impressive and smooth, very qualified and a very nice man”.

Legal 500 (2024) say, “Jonny is a go-to KC and the fact he is not only brilliant, but easy to work with makes him excellent for a range of clients. He is simply one of the greatest advocates around. There is a reason he is constantly involved in the biggest cases” … “Gets straight to the heart of the issue with a minimum of fuss. A super advocate”.

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