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 > Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Ian WhitehurstExchange ChambersA proactive barrister who gives clear advice

Members of the regulatory team at Exchange Chambers are instructed primarily on professional disciplinary and health and safety matters. The set’s members accept both prosecution and defence instructions. John Jones QC recently defended an evangelical church in a health and safety prosecution following the death of a volunteer worker who fell through a suspended ceiling. Ian Whitehurst recently represented  a company in its appeal against a fine for the illegal dumping of waste, following the appellant’s attempt to remove the waste and remediate the damage to the site.

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Crime

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Ian WhitehurstExchange ChambersApproachable, pragmatic and good with clients.