Details of practice

A barrister specialising in serious and complex crime, licensing and regulatory law.


Guy defends serious and complex criminal cases in the Crown Court and Court of Appeal, in particular those involving heavy fraud, organised crime, sexual offences and the most serious offences against the person. He acts both as junior and leading junior.

He is a grade 3 prosecutor and rape specialist for CPS London.

He has defended and prosecuted private prosecutions brought by local authorities for a range of criminal and regulatory offences, including under the Fraud Act.

He advises small and medium-sized companies in respect of anti-bribery procedures under the Bribery Act 2010.

He acts privately for clients at the Magistrates’ Court.

Licensing and other regulatory work:

An experienced practitioner across the full range of liquor-licensing matters, representing applicants, local authorities and individuals in applications under the 2003 Act, at first instance and appeal. He also appears on behalf of local residents in opposition to licensing applications. He regularly undertakes advisory work on behalf of the trade, licensing authorities and the police. He is also experienced in Betting and Gaming applications and appeals on behalf of applicants and trade objectors, and has represented defendants in health and safety prosecutions. He frequently provides urgent advice to professional clients across a range of licensing matters, and has appeared in the Administrative Court on behalf of statutory licensing authorities.

He acts for local and statutory authorities in private prosecutions for a range of regulatory offences and enforcement proceedings, and also for defendants.

Professional discipline and regulatory work:

He frequently advises and represents police officers from forces throughout the country in inquests, criminal cases and disciplinary proceedings. He also represents the interests of the police in coroner’s inquests into deaths in custody and other suspicious deaths. He has acted for officers from forces up and down the land.

He frequently advises and represents the Metropolitan Police in respect of a wide range of matters.

He is also experienced in representing military personnel in the UK and overseas in courts martial.

Directory recommendations

“An exceptional barrister with very good communication skills.”  Chambers UK 2019: Professional discipline

“A suave and elegant advocate who has an engaging personality and presence.”  Chambers UK 2019: Professional discipline

“A very assured and confident advocate who is impressive on his feet.”  Chambers UK 2019: Licensing

Guy is ranked in Chambers UK 2019: Crime

“A natural advocate with a terrific demeanour”  The Legal 500 2019: Fraud – Crime

“Intelligent and perceptive, he has a first-class manner with clients, who warm to him instantly.”  The Legal 500 2019: Crime

“He has a diverse practice spanning the trade, local government and regulatory matters.”  The Legal 500 2019: Licensing

“He’s very good in cross-examination, and very assertive.”  “He offers a very good insight into cases. He is particularly strong when advising on matters involving the police.”  Chambers UK 2018: Licensing

“Very good in police discipline. He has a very balanced manner and is a good judge of a case.”  “He has a very good way of dealing with the panel.”  Chambers UK 2018: Professional discipline

“A very natural advocate, who is great with clients.”  The Legal 500 2017: Crime

“He is tremendously hardworking, a very able advocate and fearless cross-examiner.”  The Legal 500 2017: Fraud

‘A very intelligent and charming man who is as bright as a button and handles tremendous amounts of work very quickly.’  Chambers UK 2017: Licensing

‘A very popular, robust all-rounder in police discipline cases.’ ‘He has a very nice touch, a wonderful turn of phrase and he demonstrates excellent judgement in court.’  Chambers UK 2017: Professional Discipline

‘Very versatile and very thorough in his preparation.’  The Legal 500 2016: Fraud

‘He is very knowledgeable and provides good paperwork.’ The Legal 500: Licensing

“He has a terrifically good attitude and is terrifically good on the law.”  Chambers UK 2016: Professional Discipline

Guy is ranked in Chambers UK 2016: Crime

‘User-friendly and very thorough.’  The Legal 500 2015: Licensing

‘He has a very charming and approachable outlook, and is sensible in approaching cases.’ ‘A very able advocate, who knows his technical law very well in a highly regulated area.’  Chambers UK 2015: Professional Discipline

a very persuasive advocate who puts his clients at ease’. The Legal 500 2013: Professional Discipline

Education/professional qualifications

BA Hons (Oxon) First Class
Hodgson Scholar, St Hugh’s College, Oxford (1996)
Murdoch Scholar (1997)
Astbury Scholar of the Middle Temple (1999)
Diploma in Law (Distinction)
Called to the Bar 2000


Co-author (with Simon Farrell QC and Nicholas Yeo) of Blackstone’s Guide to the Fraud Act 2006 (OUP 2007).

Direct access

Guy Ladenburg is qualified to accept instructions direct from clients under the Bar Council’s Public Access Scheme. This means that members of the public who seek specialist advice can come direct to him. In addition, he welcomes instructions from solicitors, in-house law departments, qualified foreign lawyers, and clients licensed by the Bar Council to give instructions direct to barristers under the Bar Council’s Licensed Access Scheme.

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