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Ian Bridge - Criminal Fraud & Proceeds of Crime

Ian Bridge works from both our London and Birmingham Chambers. He has a nationwide practice regularly appearing in courts throughout the country. He has been instructed in numerous high profile cases over the last 15 years.


Duty Evasion – Ian was at the heart of the London City Bond litigation at first instance and as leading counsel in the Court of Appeal on behalf of John Early R v Early & Ors [2002] EWCA Crim 1904. He also represented the main Defendant in what was at the time the largest cigarette smuggling case to have been brought to trial. R v Horne.

VAT fraud – Ian has defended in a number of high profile MTIC fraud cases from the earliest prosecutions through to date. He was instructed in Operation Vitric. He is familiar with the full historical development of the MTIC fraud problem over the last 10 years. He is instructed in the first tier tax tribunal on VAT cases and has appeared in the High Court in linked civil claims brought against directors. Ian has also been instructed in VAT frauds in the building and textiles industries.

Landfill Tax fraud – Ian successfully represented one of the SFO prosecuted Defendants in R v Sampson & Ors [2007] EWCA Crim 1238.

Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) fraud – Ian represented one of the Defendants in Operation Digit at the Blackfriars Crown Court – one of a number of high profile CIS fraud cases

Corporation Tax Fraud – Ian successfully represented Tim Hill who faced a multi-million pound allegetion of fraud relating to the activities of Payroll Company Safe Solutions Accounting Services Limited.

Electoral fraud - Ian was instructed in the prosecutions following local elections in the London Borough of Hackney and in Burnley, Lancashire

Serious Fraud Office Prosecutions - Ian was instructed in R v Smith & Ors the Izodia plc reverse takeover fraud. He was also instructed in R v Sykes & Ors the Cheney pension fund fraud

Investment fraud – On a number of occasions Ian has acted on behalf of those charged with fraud flowing from high yield investment schemes and boiler room investment schemes

Mail Dumping – Ian acted in what was described at the time as the biggest ever mail dumping fraud.

Money Laundering

Ian has advised and appeared in a number of high profile money laundering prosecutions acting on behalf of couriers, businesses and individual professionals.

Ian has appeared in many of the leading money laundering cases prosecuted in recent years. He successfully represented one of the principle Defendants in R v Dakers & Ors at the Kingston Crown Court. He appeared at first instance in R v Malik & Ors. He subsequently represented Malik, Ramzan and others [2006] EWCA Crim 1974 in the Court of Appeal and Ramzan on retrial. Ian was instructed on behalf of one of the co-defendants in the groundbreaking case of R v Montilla [2004] UKHL 50,
He successfully appealed the historic conviction of Mr El Kurd [2007] EWCA Crim 1888 on a reference by the CCRC (which led to a change in the law regarding the reference of historic cases by the CCRC). Mr El Kurd was acquitted on retrial.
Most recently Ian Bridge was instructed in the appeal of R v Anwoir & Ors in the confiscation proceedings and in the Court of Appeal.

Accidental Death Cases
Health & Safety and Road Traffic

Ian is regularly instructed in criminal cases in which death or serious injury is alleged to have arisen by reason of carelessness or recklessness.

He has appeared for Defendant’s facing manslaughter allegations following deaths on building sites. He is regularly instructed in fatal and serous injury health and safety prosecutions. The cases in which he has been instructed cover the full range of work place environments including mines and quarries, warehousing, schools, building sites and farms.

Ian has a particular expertise in serious and fatal road traffic accidents. He is regularly instructed on behalf of those facing allegations that they caused death driving carelessly and dangerously. He has advised in a number of cases where diabetes is alleged to have been a relevant factor.


Ian has appeared in numerous criminal cases including murder, drug dealing/importing conspiracies, Firearms offences and other substantial criminal cases.


Ian has a particular interest in criminal copyright issues and other regulatory criminal offences. He successfully defended one of the two charged with copyright offences flowing from the operation of the TV-Links web site.

Proceeds of Crime

Ian is regularly instructed in confiscation and other related POCA proceedings.


"Very, very good on his feet. He is extremely busy but always has time for cases and for clients. I find him very effective; he is enormously helpful." "He is a very good advocate and has a good understanding of tax tribunal procedures." "He is very tenacious and committed."
Chambers UK 2017

‘An excellent senior junior with fine strategic sense.’
Legal 500 2016

"He really understands complex frauds."
Chambers UK 2016

‘Practically a silk – with or without the badge you can put him up against anyone.’
Legal 500 2015

Praised for his strategic insight and manner with clients. Financial crime is a significant component of his criminal practice.
"He is a fine advocate: fearless and tactically astute."
"He has a canny ability to cut straight to the main issues on a case."
Chambers UK 2014


POCLA (Proceeds of Crime
Lawyers Association)
HSLA (Health and Safety Lawyers Association)
CBA (Criminal Bar Association)



2007 R v W – Operation Barbatus misfeasance in public office - the Jimmy Choos case

2007 R v A - Operation Capri – MTIC fraud and money laundering at Northampton Crown Court

2008 R v C – Substantial fraud involving fraudulent applications for heavy goods vehicle operator licences

2008 R v B – Operation Digit – very substantial payroll fraud

2009 R v H – payroll tax fraud 

2009 R v B – substantial long firm fraud

2009 R v M – Substantial bureau de change money laundering conspiracy 

2009 R v H – Substantial conspiracy to import drugs involving undercover officer

2010 R v S – Operation Duma – substantial MTIC fraud