Areas of Expertise

Ian qualified as a Solicitor in 1998 (Higher Rights Criminal in 2008).

Ian has worked for the Crown Prosecution Service and for a firm of Solicitors as an in-house advocate. He is an experienced trial advocate.

Ian transferred to the bar in March 2015, initially at chambers in Wolverhampton, where his practice was primarily prosecution trial and appeal work. He joined St Ives in June 2016 where his practice is still primarily trial work, mainly prosecution but some defence work.

Ian is a Grade 2 prosecution advocate, regularly prosecuting matters involving violence, general dishonesty, and drugs. He has also appeared for the defence in matters of serious violence, dishonesty and sexual offending.

Notable cases

R v M (2012) 

Coventry Crown Court. Successfully defended allegations of sexual assault by care worker on a disabled patient in a care home.

R v B (2015)

Coventry Crown Court. Defended a man accused of rape of his step-daughter.

R v F (2015)

Coventry Crown Court. Negotiated acceptable pleas to consensual sexual activity by a boy upon his girlfriend, when the boy had originally been charged with a number of rapes.

R v C (2015)

Warwick Crown Court. Successfully prosecuted a taxi driver charged with sexually assaulting and then robbing a passenger during a late night journey.

R v MH (2016)

Wolverhampton Crown Court. Successfully prosecuted a cleric who had sexually assaulted a member of hotel staff during therapy treatment.

R v OL and others (2017)

Stafford Crown Court. Defended one of four defendants charged with conspiracy to commit arson intending to endanger the life of a special constable in a trial listing two weeks.

R v CK (2017)

Birmingham Crown Court. Successfully prosecuted trial in which defendant raised numerous legal arguments for exclusion of evidence.

R v various (2017)

Birmingham Magistrates Court. Successfully opposed an application to amend pre-charge bail conditions by 11 defendants suspected of multi-million pounds in revenue fraud.


Qualifications

Bachelor of Laws – University of Central England (now Birmingham City University)

Legal Practice Course (Distinction) – Nottingham Trent University

Admitted as Solicitor – October 1998

Solicitor’s Higher Rights of Audience (Criminal)

Memberships

Midland Circuit

Criminal Bar Association


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