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Ian Winter

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Cloth Fair Chambers (Cloth Fair Chambers)


Ian Winter QC is firmly established as one of the leading silks at the Bar. A focused, highly sought-after criminal specialist with a particular emphasis on fraud and financial crime. He is regularly instructed to advise and represent companies as well as individuals involved in cases brought by the Serious Fraud Office and Financial Conduct Authority who require complex strategic advice from the outset.

Ian also represents clients on matters of professional discipline, appearing at hearings in front of a variety of regulatory bodies.

He has appeared in the commercial court and attracts market attention in the libel and defamation arena.

Ian regularly appears in cases in Honk Kong, Singapore, Gibralter and the isle of Man


Ian is currently representing John Scouler, the former commercial director of Tesco, charged with fraud and false accounting by the SFO.

Ian is defending Tom Kalaris, a former executive of Barclays, charged by the SFO following its investigation into the 2008 recapitalisation of the bank

Ian is advising suspects in relation to the SFO investigations into Rolls Royce, ENRC, Unaoil and Airbus.

Ian is representing May Hao before the Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong.

Ian acts for a Singapore doctor now appearing before the General Medical Council, having previously acted for her in regulatory proceedings in Singapore and before the America College of Surgeons.

Ian recently represented Thomas Chan in Hong Kong in the city’s biggest corruption trial involving the former Chief Secretary of the Special Administrative Region. He represented stock broker Ben Anderson charged by the FCA with insider dealing offences arising from Operation Tabernula, the largest ever investigation into share trading abuses by the city regulator. Following a four-month trial Ian secured an acquittal for Mr Anderson.

Other notable instructions in recent years include:


  • J: Advised musician on issues of blackmail in connection to proceedings at the Employment Tribunal
  • P: Strategic advice on potential criminal proceedings arising out of a case in the Companies Court
  • R v Dr Khan – Acquittal secured for doctor charged with sexual assault
  • Christian Laguea – acquittal secured after trial in Gibraltar re murder charges
  • R v G: Represented client charged with money laundering in connection to investigation surrounding a former Governor of the Delta State
  • R v Dougall – leading authority on sentencing Executive-level whistleblowers entering plea agreements in corruption cases (for Mr. Dougall)


Called to the Bar - 1988
QC - 2006

London Bar

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

Within: Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – Leading silks

Ian Winter QC - Cloth Fair ChambersHis advocacy is superb; solicitors pick him for complex cases that need to be broken down for the jury.

Within: Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

Cloth Fair Chambers is a group of ‘extremely high-quality barristers for business crime’, with a significant amount of work coming in the form of pre-charge advice. Three silks from the set are instructed to represent defendants in the upcoming Barclays trial concerning its 2008 fundraising – Nicholas Purnell QC is scheduled to defend the bank’s former CEO, John Kelsey-Fry QC is to represent the former head of investment banking, and Ian Winter QC will defend the former head of the wealth division.

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Fraud: crime

Within: Fraud: crime – Leading silks

Ian Winter QC - Cloth Fair ChambersHis work includes challenging fraud cases in Hong Kong.

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