Jonathan Laidlaw QC

Jonathan Laidlaw QC

“One of the premier league players at the Bar.”

Chambers UK 2021
Year of call: 1982 QC: 2008
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Inquests & Public Inquiries

Apart from advisory and trial advocacy work, Jonathan Laidlaw QC also makes appearances in inquests and acts in public inquiries. Most recently he has represented Fluor in the Greater Gabbard Wind Farm Inquest, The Football Association in the Hillsborough Inquests, Statoil in the In Amenas Inquests and a core participant in the Grenfell Tower and Manchester Arena bombing inquiries. He also has experience in military inquests and coronial inquisitions arising from deaths overseas.

In respect of the Hillsborough Inquests it was said in the 2016 Chambers and Partners Guide, “he is absolutely fantastic in Hillsborough” and that there he has been “enormously impressive.”

The 2017 guide said Jonathan Laidlaw QC is an “experienced criminal and regulatory silk who is frequently instructed in significant inquests and public inquiries. He has considerable experience of inquests involving health and safety” and describes him possessing “enormous deftness of touch and skill in questioning” with “amazing gravitas”.

The 2018 guide said, “He has phenomenal client care and very good attention to detail. He is measured and makes himself available even though he is very busy. He instils confidence in the client….[a] great natural talent and authority. A massive breadth of experience of crime and regulation to draw upon.” 

The 2019 guide said, “an experienced criminal and regulatory silk who is frequently instructed in significant inquests and public inquiries. He has considerable experience of inquests involving health and safety. He regularly advises businesses, regulators and inquiry chairs….His ability to master his brief and sheer attention to detail are very impressive”. 

The 2020 guide says, “he brings a very good criminal law approach to handling an inquest and knows what may happen afterwards as well.”

The 2021 guide says of Jonathan Laidlaw QC, “An absolute pleasure to work with. He’s smart and sensible and will get the right result for client. A real standout practitioner.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022 guide says “a fantastic advocate and excellent with clients.”

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