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Ian Unsworth QC is cited by Chambers UK and the Legal 500 as a Leading Silk in the fields of Crime and Sports Law. In Chambers 2016, he was said to be, “extremely charming, so persuasive and immaculately prepared”, whilst the Legal 500 refer to his, “strong track record in prosecuting serious crime and fraud.” The directories have said that he is, “very thorough, well prepared and puts up a bloody good fight in court, ”
His practice is predominantly in serious and complex crime, sports law, and related areas requiring the expertise of a specialist advocate. He acts for prosecuting agencies and police forces across the UK and also offshore. He advises and represents individuals, companies, directors, athletes and sporting organisations. He has presented reports into the internal workings of major organisations.
Recent murder cases include the murder of Nicholas Robinson in Bristol (featured in a major Channel 4 series “The Murder Detectives”), the “Shallow Grave, Love Triangle Murder” in Nottingham, the murder of Sophie McDonald in Dawlish, Devon, the murder of Stephen Bennett in Liverpool, and the “Loved Ones murder” in Chester.
Described in Chambers UK as a Leader in the field of Sports Law and a Silk who,“has considerable expertise of anti-doping and concussion regulations. He continues to act for parties in a wide range of sporting disciplines and is particularly highly regarded for his work in rugby union” his recent cases include acting for Australian Cricketer James Faulkner and Team Sky Cyclist Jonathan Tiernan-Locke. He has appeared before the Court of Arbitration of Sport in Lausanne and the National Anti-Doping Panel.
Other recent instructions include advising Lloyds underwriters, a former senior officer of a “Big 4” accountancy/ audit firm and the Chairman of a major UK Exporting Company
Ian Unsworth QC is a Single Judicial Officer and Appeal Chairman for the Rugby Football Union and is a Judicial Officer for the RBS Six Nations Tournament. He was the Single Judicial Officer for the World Club Sevens 2014.
Areas of Practice and Notable Cases
He has appeared before Disciplinary and Regulatory Tribunals as well as the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland.
He has represented various professional sportsmen and other individuals connected with sport in proceedings before the Crown Court.
Regulatory cases include those relating to Environment, Health and Safety, Business, Innovation and Skills, Revenue and Customs as well as Transport. His clients have included Government organisations, private individuals, small, medium and large organisations, FTSE 100 blue chip corporate bodies.
In Disciplinary Proceedings Ian Unsworth QC has acted in cases involving professionals both from commerce and cross-over areas of sport.
Called 1992, Lincoln’s Inn; QC 2010; appointed as Category 4 prosecuting counsel 2003; licensed as an advocate on the Isle of Man 2008; appointed to the SFO QC Panel 2010 (formerly a member of the SFO A List from 2006).
RFU chairman of disciplinary appeals panel.
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7 Harrington Street has vast experience in regulatory law with its barristers instructed to prosecute and defend in a wide range of health and safety cases, including corporate manslaughter trials and breaches of regulations. Ian Unsworth QC is a criminal advocate who provides specialist advice for individuals and agent companies connected with professional sport, while Nigel Lawrence QC specialises in regulatory crime and manslaughter, as well as being a standing counsel to HSE and Office of Rail Regulation.