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 > Crime (general and fraud)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Ian WhitehurstExchange Chambers

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

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Ian WhitehurstExchange Chambers

Exchange Chambers‘ members have significant experience advising both individual claimants and group actions in relation to data breaches. Louis Browne QC has extensive expertise in the field of data breach claims for individuals and companies. Browne has advised the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), and was recently instructed on a potential group action against Ticketmaster after a significant data breach was announced in June 2018. Ian Whitehurst has experience representing clients in individual and group litigation involving data breach civil litigation, as well as representing companies in criminal and civil enforcement proceedings brought by ICO.

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

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Ian WhitehurstExchange Chambers ‘Ian is a very assured barrister. His down-to-earth manner puts clients at ease. He is an excellent tactician and his written work and advocacy are second to none.’

Exchange Chambers‘ financial crime and fraud team act in cases involving issues such as bribery and corporate corruption, corporate and investment fraud. John Jones QC has a strong background in handling fraud cases concerning issues including money laundering, corporate fraud and insider dealing. Ian Whitehurst has expertise in areas including on health and safety, environmental, information and revenue law. Michael Lavery has a broad fraud and complex crime practice.