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Barrister - Ian Brownhill

Year of Call:  2009

Position:  Deputy Head of Public Law Group

Ian Brownhill Regulatory & Licensing CV

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Senior Practice Manager
Andrew Trotter

Practice Group Clerks
Christopher Norman

Chief Executive and Director of Clerking
Tony McDaid

Tel: +44 (0) 845 210 5555
Fax: +44 (0) 121 606 1501
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Ian Brownhill - Regulatory & Licensing

Since his instruction to defend in one of the first aggressive trading practices prosecutions Ian has been involved in regulatory work. Since that time he has acted for a number of companies and sole traders prosecuted for a variety of regulatory offences.

In addition, Ian is comfortable representing professionals before their professional bodies and has received training in this regard. Ian’s experience in the criminal court in cross examining witnesses combined with his knowledge of public law make him an attractive advocate in these forums.

Ian has experience of vetting and barring cases and is able to represent individuals before the Upper Tribunal in this regard.

Ian has represented a number of University Students before disciplinary panels convened by University authorities and has an impressive track record of protecting the academic careers of those students. Ian is also able to advise student unions and their officers about challenging disciplinary systems or findings. 


BA Hons (Oxon), Jurisprudence, Lincoln College, Oxford.
BVC College of Law


Hardwicke Entrance Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
Tancred Student, Lincoln’s Inn
Shelford Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn


Prisoners’ Legal Rights Group
Amicus ALJ
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
International Lawyers Network (Avocats Sans Frontières)


Local Authority / Central Government Prosecutions

Department of Business v RCS UK Ltd, Brent Magistrates’: Defending in the second ever aggressive trading practices prosecution. 

Hampshire CC v A, Winchester Crown Court: Defending in trademark prosecution where Defendant imported in excess of a hundred thousand pounds worth of fake UGG Boots. Settled confiscation for £1 and Defendant was fined.

HSE v L & T, Aylesbury Magistrates’ Court: Defending a company accused of criminally breaching health and safety legislation. 

Milton Keynes v A Major Leisure Company: Defending a leading leisure company prosecuted for their advertising in Milton Keynes.


TFL v A, The Old Bailey: Successfully appealing decision of TFL to revoke the licence of a mini cab driver.

SL Hotel v A Local Authority: Successfully appealing decision to revoke the licence of a major independent hotel.

TFL v NP, Snaresbrook Crown Court: Appeal against revocation of a private hire licence.

RE S: Successful application of alcohol licence despite objections from local resident groups.

Professional discipline

H v NMC: Advising registrant as to whether NMC panel acted lawfully in proceeding in her absence.

B v NMC: Successfully defending registrant nurse accused of misconduct.

IB v NMC: Successfully defending registrant midwife accused of misconduct.

M v NMC: Defending a registrant mental health nurse accused of sexual based misconduct.

DBS checks and ISA barring

R v S, Isleworth Crown Court: Defending a medical professional accused of applying for regulated posts whilst subject to an ISA bar.

M v Independent Monitor: Judicial review of decision of Independent Monitor as to what information to include on a DBS check.  

Professional Training

Health and Safety Executive – Trial training for new HSE officers.

CILEX – Training for their disciplinary and appeals panels.