Ian Smith > 33 Chancery Lane > London, England > Lawyer Profile

33 Chancery Lane
33 Chancery Lane
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Ian works across a spectrum of commercial fraud, cyber fraud and misconduct cases. He represents clients in the civil and criminal courts, acting for both victims and accused persons. Most of his cases are large-scale international proceedings involving asset tracing in a number of jurisdictions. He has a specialist regulatory law practice, advising law firms, City institutions, property firms and other professional firms. He advises in relation to anti-money laundering, counter terrorist finance, financial sanctions, anti-corruption and anti-tax evasion facilitation. Ian is the Immediate President of VOCAL – the Victims of Crime Association of Lawyers. He was a founding member of the Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association and a former Secretary of the European Criminal Bar Association. He has written a number of law books. He lead-edits and co-authors the practitioners’ text Asset Recovery: Criminal Confiscation and Civil Recovery (Oxford University Press). His clients include large and small companies, local government and individuals. He is a member of the UK Attorney General’s panel of counsel for civil and EU work.


Call – 2003; Solicitor from 1995; Solicitor Advocate (all courts).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Ian Smith33 Chancery LaneA go-to junior; suitably cautious and painstaking in getting the evidence right for freezer applications and pleadings, which always pays dividends.

London Bar > Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Ian Smith33 Chancery LaneHe combines detailed advice with commercial understanding.