Iain Edwards > 1MCB > London, England > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Crime; International Crime and Extradition


Iain is a seasoned and compassionate barrister specialising in serious crime. He represents defendants charged with the gravest of offences and has a particular expertise in international crimes. He has a specific interest in firearms and immigration related cases. He is developing a strong practice in extradition. Iain prides himself on his meticulous preparation and intelligent trial strategy. Clients regularly comment favourably on his down-to-earth, unpretentious approach.

Since 2009, Iain has divided his busy defence practice between domestic and international criminal work. For the last three years, he has been one of a small handful of barristers ranked by The Legal 500 as a Tier 1 leading junior in international crime and extradition.

Iain is currently assigned as counsel before the UN International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals in The Hague for the defence of the former head of the Serbian state security service, on trial for crimes against humanity and war crimes. He is also assigned for the defence of an accused in a six-hander contempt case before the Mechanism in Arusha, Tanzania.

Iain has a developing interest in all areas of national and international sanctions work, including before the UN’s Ombudsperson to the ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee, and under the UK’s new Magnitsky regime introduced through the Global Human Rights Sanctions Regulations 2020.

Iain is accredited by the Bar Standards Board to undertake public access work.

He is regularly invited to provide training and to speak at international conferences, particularly on defence issues.


Called to the Bar 2000


Fluent in French


  • LL.M. Public International Law (specialising in international criminal law, UN law, and international human rights law), University College London (1999)
  • LL.B. (Hons.) Law with French Law and Language, University of East Anglia (1996)
  • DEUF (Diploma in French Law), Université Jean Moulin, Lyon III, France (1995)

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > International crime and extradition

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Iain Edwards1MCBUnflappable in court. He puts everyone in the courtroom at ease whilst at the same time remaining focused, thorough and succinct. Mr. Edwards remains at the top of his game and a stalwart in international criminal proceedings.