Ian Lewis > JMW Solicitors LLP > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

JMW Solicitors LLP
M3 3HG

Work Department

Business Crime and Regulatory



Ian advises in all areas of Professional Regulatory Discipline, Fitness to Practice and is an experienced Grade A Criminal Practitioner.

Ian’s main specialism is in Police Law with particular emphasis on Misconduct proceedings, Inquests and Inquiries. For nearly 30 years Ian was the sole appointed Solicitor for the Police Superintendents Association. He has also represented numerous members of CPOSA.


Over the years Ian has been involved in all cases that have shaped policing and regulatory governance. He has represented individuals in proceedings at Inquiries and Inquests including but not limited to: – Marchioness, Stephen Lawrence, Victoria Climbie, Deepcut, Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al-Fayed, Midland, and Lancet.

Ian successfully represented David Duckenfield, the Match Commander at Hillsborough who faced 95 allegations of Gross Negligence Manslaughter, as well as successfully defending the Senior Retired Officer in the criminal investigation into the alleged ‘cover-up’ following the Hillsborough Disaster.

Over his distinguished career, Ian has represented many professional sportspersons and sports clubs in all types of proceedings. This involves representing and advising professional football clubs, players and agents in Regulatory and HMRC matters. Ian represented the football agent involved in undercover operation by the Daily Telegraph which led to the resignation of Sam Alladyce as England Football Manager. He has represented cricketers in spot fixing allegations and numerous professional footballers. He is presently representing one of the UK’s most well-known football players in criminal prosecution.  

In addition, Ian is presently representing a former Chairman, Director and a Premier League player in separate, high-profile HMRC investigations. He also represents a young sportsman facing allegations of the inappropriate use of performance enhancing drugs.

In 2015, Ian was named Police Lawyer of the Year (CI), Criminal Lawyer of the Year (CI). Ian led his team to Regulatory Firm of the Year 2 years running at the Manchester Legal Awards 2015 and 2016 and has again been successful in 2019. Ian was named Partner of the Year at the MLA in 2020.


ARDL, Law Society


Bury Grammar School, University of Law – Chester


Boxing, Squash and embarrasingly walking football

Lawyer Rankings

North West > Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general crime and fraud

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Ian LewisJMW Solicitors LLP

JMW Solicitors LLP’s business crime and regulation team is recognised for its work in relation to alleged financial wrongdoing, investigations and prosecutions instigated by industry regulators, professional misconduct, sexual wrongdoing claims, and the defence of motoring offences. Practice head Peter Grogan has considerable experience in cases of fraud and alleged financial wrongdoing. Ian Lewis specialises in all areas of professional regulatory discipline and fitness. Mike Rainford deals with matters concerning complex fraud, VAT evasion and investigations conducted by the FCA, HMRC and trading atandards. Sam Healey is another name to note, handling financial crime matters.