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Ian Leist QC

Ian Leist QC

Call: 1981     Silk: 2011

Ian is a trial advocate who predominantly, but not exclusively , appears for the defence. He demonstrates particular expertise in terrorism, serious crime, fraud and corruption cases with political and Human Rights dimensions.

In addition to his defence work, Ian maintains a specialist advisory practice.

Ian has defended and/or advised a wide range of clients from police officers, politicians to city professionals, and from soldiers to sportsmen.

As well as accepting instructions directly from solicitors, Ian is a Direct Access barrister, able to accept instructions directly from members of the public, professionals, companies etc.


General CrimeCriminal Liability Cases

Ian advises upon institutional, infrastructure and corporate security issues:

In the energy sector:

  • South Sudan (2011)
  • Tunisia (2013)
  • Africa radio charity project (2012)

Cases in other areas include:

  • R v R (2014) secured the acquittal of a Bosnian national charged with secondary party murder.

Ian also provides trademark advice.  He was a legal advisor to Islam Channel TV, assisting in 2010 with a program in Bosnia on the 15th anniversary of the Srebrenica Massacre.


Ian has a history of appearing for clients in criminal liability cases that contain a public law element.

These include the following:

  • Bloody Sunday inquiry (2000-10) Represented members of the Parachute Regiment alleged to be responsible for the death and injury to civilian demonstrators on Bloody Sunday, including Soldier H who fired more rounds than any other soldier on Bloody Sunday.
  • R v G (2009) Collating terrorist material in Prison. The case was reported and was appealed to the Court of Appeal and the House of Lords.
  • Inquiry into London City Bond affair (2004-10) Independent counsel to the Metropolitan Police
  • R v Guardian Newspapers (1999) Prosecution of the Observer and Guardian newspapers in relation to the David Shayler case.


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Criminal Bar Association

Administrative Law Bar Association

Chatham House, Royal Institute of International Affairs

South Eastern Circuit