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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Private Prosecution

Financial Crime

Formerly a First Senior Treasury Counsel, Jonathan Laidlaw KC has been described as the most sought-after silk in this area, following the success of the Allseas case – the biggest fraud case brought by way of a private prosecution and Supreme’s case which also resulted in convictions.

In recent years Jonathan Laidlaw KC has advised a number of successful claimants in Commercial Court proceedings in respect of the bringing of private prosecutions including Highland (the Texas hedge fund) and more recently (and apart from the Allseas case and the case for Supreme) he acted for an accountant whose case, brought by way of private prosecution, was stayed for abuse, as was another case brought against the Bank of Beirut and for the CEO of the casino in the Summit Partners case which resulted in all those charges being dismissed. He presently advises an number, both individuals and major companies (both here and abroad), as to the viability of both bringing and defending against private prosecutions following commercial litigation in London.

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 and is noted for his adept handling of cases involving private prosecutions”.  Amongst the testimonials it has been said he, “understands the commercial side of things. He does a great job in court” … “is a great strategist” and “is an expert in the field”.

 The 2024 Chambers 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”.

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