Ian Goldsack > Chambers of Richard Norton > Sheffield, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Richard Norton
St John's Buildings
S1 2GY

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Ian is a Criminal Law specialist and is experienced in all fields of criminal law. His practice encompasses criminal law, inquest and regulatory work, and advising and appearing in Court of Protection cases.

Ian’s Criminal instructions are equally balanced between prosecution and defence work.

He has been a Grade 4 Crown Prosecutor for a number of years and is currently accredited across the North Eastern, Northern, and Wales and Chester circuits. He is also accredited for the CPS Rape Panel.

More recently his practice has focussed on serious crime, including murder, manslaughter, serious sexual and other violent offending, dangerous driving (including where death has resulted), offences involving firearms, arson, and offending contrary to the Misuse of Drugs Act, with particular specialism in both fraud and sexual offending work.

He has provided training to the police concerning ‘Achieving Best Evidence’ and the video recorded interviewing of child and vulnerable witnesses; and he has lectured local law societies on a number of topics, including hearsay, bad character, asset recovery and criminal confiscation, and the sentencing provisions of the Criminal Justice Act 2003.


Ian studied jurisprudence at Brasenose College, Oxford. He attended the Inns of Court School of Law, London under a Wilfred Watson scholarship awarded by Gray’s Inn. He was called to the Bar in 1997.


  • Criminal Bar Association
  • South Yorkshire Medico-Legal Society

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Crime

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Ian GoldsackSt John’s BuildingsAn extremely thorough and tenacious barrister who provides comprehensive advice.

St John’s Buildings‘ Sheffield presence ‘offers a broad range of experienced criminal barristers‘, particularly on the prosecution side of the aisle. ‘Stand-out‘ junior Ian Goldsack recently prosecuted two women of previous good character who were convicted of the murder of a woman they believed to have information about a stolen necklace, acting as a junior alone against two silks. Richard Thyne acted as the lead junior for the crown in an eight-handed county lines drug conspiracy case.