Ian came to the Bar having retired as a Senior Detective Officer.
In his approach to all cases, he relies upon his investigative skills to probe existing evidence, identify other lines of inquiries and examine admissibility issues.
He has an extensive knowledge of intelligence led investigations / prosecutions, based upon both overt and covert sources of information.
Ian is a Home Office approved lecturer, assisting with detective training courses focusing on evidence gathering, presentation and disclosure together with the actual giving of evidence by officers.
He possesses an endearing character, which immediately establishes trust and confidence by both professional and lay clients upon which he builds. He encourages a team approach involving those respective clients and himself with a view of a satisfactory conclusion to all concerned.
He has been led in the defence of both murder and terrorism cases and has also been involved in matters concerning Organised Crime Groups and more recently County Line operations.
This has further developed his expertise in criminality which involves “modern day slavery”, pressure and coercion utilised in the furtherance of crime.
Speedie, as he is known, provides a ‘hands on platinum service’ to all clients.
Organised Crime and Terrorism
Ian has an operational knowledge of both overt and covert methods of obtaining intelligence and evidence. In his former role he was responsible for the planning of such operations, together with the acquisition of authorisation, rendering all intelligence and evidence gained from such sources admissible.
Serious Sexual Offences
By the cross examination of victims in historic rape and abuse cases based on minute examination of detail, Ian has secured the acquittal of three defendants by unanimous verdicts.
Restraint and Confiscation
Ian regularly prosecutes for the Serious Crime Agency in confiscation matters under the Proceeds of Crime Act.