Mr Ian Whitehurst > Chambers of Bill Braithwaite QC > Liverpool, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Bill Braithwaite QC
Exchange Chambers
L2 9XX

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Called 1994


Ian is a criminal and regulatory barrister with 24 years of experience at the criminal bar. He is recognised as a leading individual in the fields of crime and financial crime in Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500.

He has extensive experience of defending all types of serious crime including homicide and serious sexual offences. He also prosecutes and defends serious organised crime such as gang related homicide, large scale drugs and firearms conspiracies, corruption cases and armed robberies.

Ian also specialises in matters relating to fraud and other financial misconduct in particular MTIC Vat Fraud, Direct and Indirect Tax Fraud, Money Laundering and False Accounting.

He also has a significant practice in the niche areas of cyber crime and data protection, particularly excelling in cases with a very technical angle.

Ian also practices in regulatory and licensing work. He is instructed by local authorities, companies and individuals to advise upon and to conduct litigation in a myriad of fields.


  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association
  • Cyber Crime Lawyers Association


  • University of Hull, LLB (Hons) (1993)


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Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > IT, telecoms and data protection

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Ian WhitehurstExchange ChambersTactically astute, applies vast experience to offer pragmatic solutions and excellent with clients.

Exchange ChambersLouis Browne QC has extensive experience in the field of claims by individuals and companies that have had their personal and sensitive data breached by third parties. He was instructed as lead counsel in the multi-party litigation, involving more than 650 claimants, relating to the 2018 Ticketmaster data breach; a High Court claim has been issued for damages of up to £5m against the ticketing giant. Browne QC also has a niche practice in ‘right to be forgotten’ claims. At the junior end, Ian Whitehurst represents individuals, public organisations, and companies in litigation and criminal and civil enforcement proceedings brought by the Information Commissioner’s Office. He also advises companies on data protection compliance for new business ventures.

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety)

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Ian WhitehurstExchange ChambersHe is at the very top of his profession and his knowledge is a valuable part of the team and is a tactical and astute thinker, always thinking a couple of steps ahead whilst never taking his eye of the big picture. He is excellent with clients who are won over by his down to earth manner. He always finds an angle that the prosecution has missed.

A leading set, which boasts a wealth of talent, efficient clerks, and all-round high standards‘, Exchange Chambers is home to John Jones QC who represents employers, companies, directors, individuals, and private bodies on all aspects of health and safety enforcement. He has recently been involved in several health and safety prosecutions and manslaughter trials following fatalities in the workplace. At the junior end, clients remark that Michael Lavery‘s greatest quality is his ‘ability to put clients at ease in extremely stressful situations‘, while the ‘tactically astute‘ Ian Whitehurst ‘applies vast experience to offer pragmatic solutions and is excellent with clients‘. Whitehurst is instructed by private individuals, national companies, local authorities, quangos, and leading law firms to advise and represent across a myriad of regulatory matters.

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Crime (general and fraud)

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Ian WhitehurstExchange ChambersApproachable, pragmatic and good with clients.