2 Hare Court is an expert criminal set with a great track record of handling the most serious matters. It has experience of prosecuting and defending murder, sexual offences, gang-related and serious violence cases, among others. It further has expertise in extradition and high-profile international cases. Instructing solicitors praise the set for being "first class in every way from the top silks down to the pupils." "One of the very best criminal sets, it is brimful of talent." Chambers is no stranger to high-profile cases, as illustrated by its recent successful defence of former Blue Peter presenter and television personality John Leslie Stott, who was accused of historical sexual assault.
"The clerks are professional and keep to their word. There are never any diary clashes and they resolve problems in advance." The director of clerking, Julian Campbell, is described as "having always been excellent." He works alongside senior practice clerk Jack Shah, who is noted for the efficiency and enthusiasm with which he goes about his work.
Sallie Bennett-Jenkins KC
Sallie Bennett-Jenkins KC is a former Treasury Counsel who is now a gifted criminal defence barrister with a strong reputation for acting in sexual assault and rape cases. She is praised for her advocacy skills and client care when dealing with heavyweight cases, many of which attract media interest.
"She is brilliant and has a great way of building rapport and trust with vulnerable clients." "A calming influence who instils confidence and controls every situation she finds herself in. She always ensures that the client feels supported through the process." "Completely tireless and fearless. She often thinks of points that no one else does."
Jonathan Laidlaw KC
Jonathan Laidlaw KC is an impressive and highly regarded silk with over 15 years of Treasury Counsel experience, who now specialises only in private defence work spanning the areas of general crime, business crime and regulatory work, among others. He represents both individuals and companies in a vast range of complex criminal matters. Laidlaw is an expert in both domestic and international criminal cases.
"A first-class advocate who provides highly valuable strategic input." "He is just sublime to work with and makes connections like you would not believe. Fantastic."
Orlando Pownall KC
Orlando Pownall KC is a high-profile silk with a strong reputation at the London Crime Bar. He is noted for his advocacy and his presence in court.
"A superb silk who conveys always committed to defending his client’s rights in the face of serious and complex allegations." "Formidably good in court, his cross-examination is unbelievably impressive. He is incredibly attentive with the client and always makes himself available."
Oliver Glasgow KC
First Senior Treasury Counsel Oliver Glasgow KC is an impressive silk with a fine reputation who is praised for his advocacy and his sensible approach to cases, many of which attract significant media attention. Glasgow has handled a number of gang-related matters including those relating to murder, drugs and knife crime.
"Extremely tenacious, hard-working and a perfect gentleman." "An extraordinary talent and a man who knows his job inside out."
Martin Hicks KC
Martin Hicks KC is a talented silk with a broad criminal practice that takes in both domestic and international cases. He has appeared in some of the most high-profile trials of recent years and has extensive experience handling serious murder and drug-related cases.
"A vastly experienced barrister." "He is a standout defence advocate."
Jonathan Rees KC
Talented prosecutor and defence barrister known for taking on serious crime cases with national press coverage. His practice includes cases concerning murder, rape and violent crimes such as acid attacks.
"He makes impressive submissions, and juries listen to him very closely." "Jonathan carefully prepares and knows what he is doing."
Scott Ivill is an acclaimed junior with a strong track record in high-profile and serious cases. His recent caseload includes manslaughter and drugs cases.
"A practical barrister who is easy to deal with."
Peter Lownds has built a strong reputation for acting in drugs conspiracy, historic sexual abuse and violent offences cases. He has particular experience dealing with matters relating to organised crime.
"Peter has a fantastic eye for detail, especially when dealing with large paper caseloads." "His written work is excellent, and his response time is incredibly prompt. He is great with clients regardless of their backgrounds."
Brian O'Neill KC
Brian O'Neill KC is a strong silk who handles both prosecution and defence work. His practice spans a broad range of criminal matters, and he has undoubted expertise in serious and complex cases. O'Neill has further significant experience in related areas such as business crime and professional discipline.
"He is a fair-minded, unflappable and truly remarkable advocate."
Sarah Przybbylska is a leading junior who prosecutes and defends serious criminal matters. She has experience handling a number of high-profile criminal matters including murders and people-trafficking cases.
"A prodigy who understands the material in a case quickly and explains it to the jury well. Her strengths are her attention to detail and depth of knowledge in criminal law."
Gudrun Young KC
Gudrun Young KC is an acclaimed barrister with a wealth of experience handling high-profile murder and sex cases. Her practice incorporates both general and financial criminal proceedings.
"Particularly good at handling highly emotionally charged men as she establishes that she is the expert and that they need to listen and follow her advice. She is a fearless, forthright and dynamic barrister."
Leon Kazakos KC
"Very supportive and helpful in assisting with strategy for the defence." "Both professional and lay clients relate to him easily."
Brendan Kelly KC
"He has gravitas and an extremely strong court presence." "Brendan is nobody's fool and will fight every inch of the way to get the best possible result for his client. He is a ferociously intelligent, eloquent and persuasive advocate."
Peter Wright KC
"A man with a very big presence in court who is a great jury advocate."
"Comes into his own with clients as he is so personable. He offers excellent legal knowledge and advice."
"Friendly, approachable and very knowledgeable, he is excellent for complex cases as he's all over the detail."
Julia Faure Walker
"She can spot a defence weakness from afar and comes fully prepared and ready to negotiate." "She is incredibly organised, efficient, analytical and hard-working."
"An extremely insightful and intelligent advocate with wisdom beyond his years. He is polished, articulate and someone who exercises excellent judgement."
Martin Heslop KC
"Has amazing knowledge of cases and a complete grasp of all the relevant points."
Merry van Woodenberg
"She has that quality that you cannot teach, as well as a mixture of good judgement and a huge amount of emotional intelligence. An absolutely fabulous and fearless advocate."
David Whittaker KC
"A superb silk who oozes charm and has juries eating out of the palm of his hand. He is strong on cross-examination and a powerful orator." "Calm, measured and on top of the law, he deals with cases deftly."
"A strong advocate with a formidable work ethic." "She is a pleasure to work with and has great presence."
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