Mr Ian Whitehurst > Exchange Chambers > Liverpool, England > Barrister Profile

Exchange Chambers
L2 9XX

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Called 1994


Ian is a Leading Junior in Serious Organised CrimeFinancial Crime, Confiscation as well as Regulatory Law and is ranked as a leading individual in those practice areas in Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500.

His practice is nationwide and can be divided principally into 3 main areas but there is a considerable overlap between the practice areas that he specialises in.

Firstly, Ian has a heavyweight crime practice where he predominantly defends throughout the country with a particular emphasis on homicide, firearms and drugs conspiracies as well as cyber related criminality.

Secondly, in financial crime matters Ian has specialised for many years as Leading Counsel in the fields of MTIC VAT fraud, Direct Tax Fraud, Money Laundering, False Accounting and Corporate Misfeasance and is a member of the Revenue Bar Association.

With regards to his regulatory practice, Ian has been appointed to the Specialist Regulatory Panel of Counsel and prosecutes and defends in equal measure in the regulatory field, concentrating in particular upon health and safety, environmental and trading standards prosecutions.

Ian’s international practice is concentrated upon advising individuals and companies on international criminal and financial matters with a particular emphasis on public international law and international arbitration matters.


  • 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 > Business and regulatory crime (including health and safety)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Ian WhitehurstExchange Chambers ‘Ian has a very strong presence in court and takes no prisoners when it comes to dealing with tricky judges or opponents. He has good legal and analytical skills, and his written submissions are of a very high quality.’

Exchange Chambers has members with expertise across a wide range of cases, including prosecutions by the CPS, Serious Fraud Office, HM Revenue and Customs and DWP. Michael Lavery successfully represented the defendant in R v Emmett, a case concerning a Serious Fraud Office prosecution of a solicitor for litigation funding. Ian Whitehurst is another name of note – he acted for a defendant who was accused of allowing his employee to sustain an accident at work when he fell through a lift shaft, causing injuries rendering him a paraplegic.

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

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Ian WhitehurstExchange Chambers ‘Ian is excellent and recommendable.’