2 Hare Court has a noted specialism in inquests and has been involved in public inquiries including the IICSA, Manchester Arena and Grenfell Tower. The set's barristers typically act for corporate entities in such matters, although they are also instructed by government, the NHS, or as counsel to the inquiry. Members offer considerable experience acting in a wide range of inquests, including those into deaths in workplace, care and medical settings.
"The clerks are very professional and courteous." Julian Campbell is the director of clerking.
Jonathan Laidlaw KC
Jonathan Laidlaw KC 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. He regularly advises businesses, regulators and inquiry chairs.
"He is a class act in dealing with very, very tricky cases." "He excels in his advocacy."
Nikita McNeill is a barrister gaining prominence for her involvement in high-profile inquests and public inquiries, particularly as counsel to the inquiry. She is also adept in related criminal and disciplinary actions.
"She is an exceptionally good advocate. She has encyclopedic knowledge of inquests law and inquiries, with really good judgement."
Alexandra Tampakopoulos is a highly sought-after barrister for complex inquests and inquiries. She is noted for her expertise in health and safety inquests and parallel prosecutions. She represents all interested parties, including bereaved families, businesses, individuals and state agents.
"She is a very impressive junior."