Viewing: Crime for Ian Brownhill

Ian is an experienced criminal defence practitioner who has practiced in all levels of Courts. Ian was pupil to Louise Sweet QC and Peter Corrigan and is a confident jury advocate.
With a busy public law practice, Ian now is relied upon to act in niche areas:
- Defending protestors prosecuted for activities related to their freedom of assembly and/or expression.
- Providing bespoke criminal defence to professionals and high net worth individuals facing prosecution.
- Ancillary orders made by criminal Courts. In particular, SOPOs, ASBOs, ASBIs, Football Banning Orders, appeals with regard to continuing notification on the sex offenders register, bind-overs, restraining orders and similar.
- High Court / Court of Appeal criminal work. In particular, judicial reviews and application to state the case from the lower Courts. Ian also often appears in High Court contempt cases.
Alongside Ian’s criminal defence practice, Ian is one of No5’s busiest junior regulatory practitioners. Although a busy favourite of private clients and insurer funded clients Ian still does accept some legally aided criminal defence work.
Ian was nominated the Legal Aid Barrister of the year 2015 and is considered a ‘user friendly’ choice of Counsel by both professional and lay clients.
Notable Cases
R v Lisa McKenzie.
Defending high profile social commentator and LSE academic when charged with criminal damage. Instructed by Hodge, Jones and Allen LLP.
Jukes v DPP [2013] EWHC 195 (Admin).
Case stated about the application of section 12 of the Public Order Act 1986 to protestors leaving a procession. Instructed by Bindmans LLP.
The ‘Trafalgar Twelve’ Protestors.
Successfully defended a number of members of the Occupy Protest arrested for attempting to set up an encampment in Trafalgar Square. Instructed by Bindmans LLP.
The ‘Royal Exchange’ Protestors.
Successfully defended six Occupy Protestors arrested for protesting in and around the Royal Exchange. All were found to have been unlawfully arrested. Instructed by Bindmans LLP
Defending professionals
R v RS
Aylesbury Crown Court. Successfully appealed the battery conviction of a mental health nurse. Court allows the appeal on the basis that police conduct made a fair trial impossible. Instructed by IBB Solicitors
R v DE
Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court. Successfully argued that Court had no jurisdiction to try civilian staff member employed by the United States Air Force. Instructed by The United States Air Force and IBB Solicitors.
R v AM
Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court. Successfully argued that police investigation was so fundamentally flawed that it would be unfair to try Private Security Contractor. Instructed by IBB Solicitors.
Ancillary orders in the criminal court
R. (on the application of Hamill) v Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court [2014] EWHC 2799 (Admin);
Test case as to the approach to be taken when applying to overturn the decision of the police as to notification requirements on the sex offenders’ register.
High Court / Court of Appeal / Committals for contempt / High Court / Court of Appeal / Committals for contempt
Birmingham CC v T [2016] EWFC B19
Breach of an ASBO. Instructed by McGrath and Co.
R v Nelson (Gary) [2013] EWCA Crim 30; [2013] 1 Cr. App. R. 30; (2013) 177 J.P. 105;
Times, March 8, 2013. The leading case on the difference between assault and battery. Instructed by ABV Solicitors
K v Crown Prosecution Service [2013] EWHC 1678 (Admin);
Successful argument that DJ gave appearance of bias.
R v Broome (Perry Albert) [2012] EWCA Crim 2879
Appeal as to the correct meaning of ‘important explanatory evidence’ in the context of bad character applications. Instructed by EBR Attridge.
Prisoners’ Legal Rights Group
Amicus ALJ
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
International Lawyers Network (Avocats Sans Frontieres)
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

Latest News & Publications

No5 Barristers' Chambers is delighted to announce that Ian Brownhill has been appointed Her Majesty's Assistant Coroner for Kent...

Date: Wed, 09 Oct 2019
An inquest saw No5 barrister Ian Brownhill represent the mother of a prisoner who died...

Date: Thu, 11 Jul 2019