2 Hare Court is a well-regarded criminal set which is regularly called upon to act for and advise corporates, individual directors, local authorities and enforcement bodies such as the HSE and Environment Agency. Members are experienced in the handling of health and safety matters relating to deaths at work and in care homes, as well as complex enforcement matters involving hazardous substance accidents. The team is highly regarded for its expertise in corporate manslaughter and gross negligence manslaughter cases, and standout recent cases handled by the set include the prosecution arising from the Didcot Power Station collapse. The set's tenants also frequently appear at inquests and high-profile public inquiries.
"Their clerks are very pragmatic and they understand the pressures their solicitors are under. They are fantastic and the senior clerk, Julian Campbell, will go a long way to suggest personalities you will get along with." "The clerks are very professional and courteous."
Jonathan Laidlaw KC
Jonathan Laidlaw KC is an expert advocate, lauded for the breadth of his expertise in health and safety cases, public inquiries and inquests. He defends companies and directors in regulatory, disciplinary and professional matters, and regularly acts for those facing prosecution by the HSE. He is now highly sought after in the US market to represent corporates facing health and safety prosecutions, particularly those concerning corporate manslaughter.
"His knowledge is incredible and he is able to identify and focus on the key points in a case. He's a very reassuring presence for the client." "He has a lot of gravitas in the market, tactically he's very good and he knows the health and safety sphere well." "He is superb in court."
James Buchanan is recognised for his involvement in complicated health and safety cases, predominantly those relating to workplace accidents. He acts for clients in various sectors including the construction and transport industries. Buchanan comes highly recommended for his capabilities in representing major corporate bodies facing prosecution and investigation.
"He is great with clients, speaks with authority and is technically very good."
Craig Ferguson is an expert defence practitioner who represents corporate bodies and professional individuals in fatal accident cases. He has significant experience in a range of sectors including the oil and gas, transport and construction industries. Ferguson possesses particular expertise in handling criminal regulatory cases arising from fatal accidents and catastrophic injuries.
"He is a superb advocate who prepares diligently and is very good with clients." "Commanding yet understanding and charismatic in court."
Alexandra Tampakopoulos handles a diverse caseload of regulatory work and acts for the defence in highly complex health and safety cases, many of which arise from fatalities. She also appears in high-profile inquests. She is also regularly called upon to advise on food safety matters.
"Has good attention to detail." "She is personable, collaborative and very good at getting results."
Tom Day is well regarded for his representation of a range of clients in prosecutions brought under the HSWA. His enviable client list includes charitable bodies and individuals, as well as several corporates and their directors. He is well versed in matters arising in the construction sector, and is noted for his expert handling of prosecutions arising from injuries sustained while working at height and other accidents in the workplace.
"He's very good with clients and is a slick advocate." "Very approachable, very articulate and goes the extra mile." "He is an extremely smart, intelligent and able advocate."