2 Hare Court offers expertise spanning the full gamut of financial crime matters. Members receive regular instructions from both individual and corporate clients across the financial services sector, and are adept at handling cases involving allegations of insider dealing, money laundering, corruption, bribery and fraud. Private prosecutions are also a key area of strength for the team.
"The set has very efficient and able clerks." "The director of clerking Julian Campbell is outstanding. He is very commercial but sensible, and he understand the pressures solicitors are under." "The clerks are easy to speak to, go above and beyond and are always available. They have been on top of everything during the pandemic and it has made their clients' lives much easier."
Jonathan Laidlaw KC
Jonathan Laidlaw KC is a top barrister with a wide-ranging practice in financial crime. Having served as First Senior Treasury Counsel at the Old Bailey, 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.
"He is a stellar criminal silk and his advocacy is superb. One of his great skills is that he can really put together a case theory that appeals to a jury or judge, and comes up with a coherent case strategy." "A safe pair of hands and a creative thinker."
Christopher Coltart KC
Christopher Coltart KC is the head of the set's business crime and financial services practice group. He is able to call upon valuable prior experience as a corporate solicitor when handling his cases, and is particularly specialised in cases with crossover civil or regulatory aspects. Coltart is adept at dealing with matters with multi-jurisdictional considerations.
"He is technically brilliant, works extremely well in a team, has a great manner with clients and is excellent on his feet." " The quality of his work and client handling is impressive." "He is unbelievably good."
Christopher Foulkes is a experienced junior who is regularly called upon to prosecute and defend high-level fraud and financial crime, including cases with an international element. His record includes work on corruption, accounting fraud and money laundering matters. He is esteemed for his experience in cases brought by the SFO and HMRC.
"He provides top-quality advice and is a wonderful tactician." "Extremely reliable, articulate and really supportive to clients. His drafting is also excellent." "A first-rate financial crime junior - his technical knowledge is second to none."
Gavin Irwin is an advocate who is clear and polite in court and a skilled manager of challenging personalities. He is esteemed for his work in fraud, bribery and corruption cases, and has handled a number of money laundering cases, as well as trading standards and tax fraud matters.
"He has a lovely jury manner." "He is refreshingly approachable and understands the need to be pragmatic. He appreciates the commercial reality of cases and is very responsive and flexible." "He is very organised and someone you definitely want on your side."
Brendan Kelly KC
Brendan Kelly is a very measured advocate who commands considerable respect. He is a popular choice for individuals facing charges of fraud, money laundering and bribery, and is particularly noted for his ability in substantial, long-running cases.
"A brilliant advocate who is great to instruct - he's very bright, intelligent and client-friendly." "An excellent jury advocate, he's very smooth and urbane. He also has good relationships with the judiciary, puts clients at ease and grasps the issues quickly."
Andrew Radcliffe KC
Andrew Radcliffe KC is a proven expert in the field of white-collar crime whose practice extends to overseas territories, including the Cayman Islands and the Turks & Caicos Islands. His wide-ranging fraud practice includes a recent focus on high-value tax cases prosecuted by HMRC. He is noted for his ability to defend clients in large and significant trials.
"A great tactician." "He is the smoothest advocate and is always on top of his brief."
As a former finance professional who later retrained as a barrister, Vivienne Tanchel has enviable real-world experience to bring to financial crime cases. She is a popular choice for defence work involving allegations of market abuse and regulatory breaches, and is a noted expert on bribery and corruption matters. Tanchel is valued for her ability to handle complex fraud cases and related civil proceedings.
"She add real value as she understand how institutions work." "She is a brilliant advocate; really skilful." "Very personable and great with clients."
Jonathan Kinnear KC
Regulatory, criminal and confiscation issues feature prominently in Jonathan Kinnear KC's caseload, and he has handled a number of matters involving allegations of MTIC fraud, money laundering and corruption. He is particularly valued for his skill in prosecuting significant financial crime cases.
"Very impressive, knowledgeable and quick to master his brief. He's always willing to help and works in a collaborative way." "He is extremely knowledgeable and his manner provides a lot of reassurance for clients. He is hard-working and makes himself available at short notice."
Orlando Pownall KC
Orlando Pownall wins plaudits for his smooth and sophisticated advocacy. Tax fraud, insider dealing and postal fraud matters all feature on his work roster. He is particularly well versed in the representation of clients from the financial services industry, and is further experienced in private prosecution cases.
"A fantastic advocate with a wonderful presence in court - he's good with the jury and brilliant with the client." "He has a very calm presence in court and judges really listen to him."
Angus Bunyan is regularly instructed by the FCA and the SFO to prosecute complex fraud cases. He offers significant expertise in money laundering, bribery and corruption.
"Very quick, super smart and works well with solicitors." "He's happy to get stuck in and works as part of a team. He's very knowledgeable, experienced and a real pleasure to work with."
Martin Hicks KC
Martin Hicks KC is a broadly accomplished silk who applies his wide knowledge of criminal legal procedure to financial crime matters. His recent cases have included acting for the defence in substantial private prosecutions. He is rated for his skill in large fraud trials.
"Unbelievably shrewd and very hard-working."
David Whittaker KC
David Whittaker KC frequently appears as leading counsel in financial crime cases as part of his well-rounded and broad criminal defence practice. He attracts market attention for his highly fluent and convincing advocacy in court and his calm demeanour. Whittaker has acted for the defence on a number of major FCA insider trading prosecutions.
"He is incredibly practical, always has a solution to the problem and is very experienced." "An excellent jury advocate."
Leon Kazakos KC
Leon Kazakos KC wins plaudits for his fraud defence practice, which includes both criminal matters and related civil cases. He acts for individuals facing high-stakes prosecutions for alleged money laundering, mortgage and investment fraud. Kazakos is also experienced in bribery and corruption cases.
"Judges respect him and his clients feel completely taken care of and represented." "A fearless advocate who is excellent both on his feet and on paper."
Peter Lownds is a criminal barrister who is commended for his strong defence practice. He has an established track record in fraud and money laundering cases, and is particularly adept at bribery, corruption and tax fraud cases.
"Knows his brief inside out and is a fearless advocate in court."
Lewis MacDonald is a junior financial crime barrister with experience acting both led and unled in complex private prosecutions. He regularly prosecutes complex frauds and has previously been instructed to represent HMRC and the Royal Mail, among other prosecutors.
"A very hard-working junior with a great eye for detail. He is a pleasure to work with."
Brian O'Neill KC
Brian O'Neill KC is an established silk who is highly regarded for his expert handling of private prosecutions. He has experience of acting for both the prosecution and the defence, and has been involved in several high-profile matters.
"He is extremely effective in court."