Ian Winter QC

Biography

“An extremely impressive performer who is in it to win it”

- Chambers & Partners

Ian Winter QC is firmly established as one of the leading silks at the Bar.

A focused, highly sought-after criminal specialist with a particular emphasis on fraud and financial crime. Regularly instructed to advise and represent corporate companies as well as individuals involved in cases brought by the Serious Fraud Office and Financial Conduct Authority who require complex strategic advice from the outset.

Ian also represents clients on matters of professional discipline, appearing at hearings in front of a variety of regulatory bodies. He has gained recognition in the commercial world, appearing at Commercial Courts and he also attracts market attention in the libel and defamation arena.

Called to the Bar - 1988

Queen's Counsel - 2006

What Others Say

Chambers and Partners 2018 – Star-rated in Crime & Financial Crime

“An excellent advocate and a sound tactical thinker”

“Outstanding”..”A first port of call when you need early stage strategic input”

“Ruthlessly affective”.. “If there’s a way out in a case, he will find it”

 

Professional Discipline:

He’s a fabulous silk and a superb advocate for big cases”

“Very forceful and very persuasive. A very good, very polished advocate”

 

Entries from previous years

“Accessible, sharp and provides extremely practical advice.”

“He is intelligent, astute and user-friendly.” “He is very good with clients and very clear in his advice.” 

“Able to build client relationships very quickly, can see the key issues and is a very good strategist.” “Provides very clear and straightforward advice.”

“His cross-examination is superb…really incisive and focused.. He is a fantastic barrister”

“You can trust his judgement.. He is charismatic, charming and clever, he makes the practice of law look easy”

“He’s exceptional, slick and commercially aware”

“An extremely impressive performer who is in it to win it” who “just rips into the prosecution when defending” and “a seriously shrewd litigator who lays the traps very charmingly, a real asset on a case”

A leading white-collar crime silk with an impressive track record of advising companies and individuals on charges of corruption, money laundering and market abuse.

“Very thorough and knowledgeable,” he’s “very easy to work with and a great team player.”

“He is a fabulous advocate… he has complete personal commitment to his cases, is very strong and absolutely fearless”

Straight crime, complex fraud and defamation cases make up the practice of a silk who impresses all who encounter him.

Peers say he has “an unparalleled ability to see the solution to any problem and a tremendously attractive and persuasive style of advocacy”

Ian Winter has developed a stellar criminal fraud practice since taking silk. One interviewee marvelled: “I’ve never known anyone to have such a stunning capacity for work and the ability to recognise the real issues in a matter as him”

Ian Winter QC is a younger silk who is “at the top of his game, he is extremely proactive in all he does, and presents in a highly polished manner”

Said to be “something quite special” by commentators; “a real star who is fantastic with clients.” Winter’s inimitable skills are highly sought after by instructing solicitors, who frequently turn to him when facing matters requiring tactical nous and captivating advocacy style”

A flamboyant but incredibly focused practitioner, a great strategist who simply devours paper-heavy cases; more than qualified to be the next superstar silk at the Bar. He has a wonderful ability to adapt his manner seamlessly from private general crime to complex international fraud cases.

Despite a relatively short time in silk, doing some extraordinary work. One source was particularly impressed with Winter’s recent success in “completely turning around a complicated case in less than 24 hours” adding that “his efforts in that regard amounted to a master class”

Recent & Current Cases

Ian is currently representing John Scouler, the former commercial director of Tesco, charged with fraud and false accounting by the SFO. Ian is also instructed to represent Tom Kalaris, a former executive of Barclays, charged by the SFO following its investigation re Qatar.

Ian recently represented Thomas Chan at the Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong following the city’s biggest graft trial. He also represented stock broker Ben Anderson charged by the FCA with insider dealing offences arising from Operation Tabernula, the largest ever investigation into share trading abuses by the city regulator. Following a three month trial Ian secured an acquittal for his client.

Other notable instructions in recent years include:

Fraud/Crime

  • HKSAR v Hao, Hong Kong: (on behalf of the appellant) representing a senior executive of a listed company following conviction for $200m conspiracy to defraud
  • J: Advised musician on issues of blackmail in connection to proceedings at the Employment Tribunal
  • S: Advised a national security company throughout an SFO investigation
  • P: Strategic advice on potential criminal proceedings arising out of a case in the Companies Court
  • R v Dr Khan – Acquittal secured for doctor charged with sexual assault
  • Christian Laguea – acquittal secured after trial in Gibraltar re murder charges
  • R v G: Represented client charged with money laundering in connection to investigation surrounding a former Governor of the Delta State
  • R v Dougall – leading authority on sentencing Executive-level whistleblowers entering plea agreements in corruption cases (for Mr Dougall)
  • HKSAR v Lai, Hong Kong: (on behalf of appellant): appeal following seven month trial. Representing solicitor convicted of conspiracy to defraud the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong after a listed company takeover fraud; full acquittal.
  • SFO investigation into BAE Systems (on behalf of a putative defendant): international corruption, jurisdiction and sufficiency of evidence
  • R v K (on behalf of the defendant): solicitor accused of tax fraud. Privilege against self-incrimination in ancillary relief proceedings, without prejudice privilege and abuse of process; landmark judgment
  • DOJ v Packer, DOJ v Dougall, DOJ v Chodan (on behalf of the defendants): three separate ongoing cases involving international corruption, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Mutual International Assistance, Section 2 SFO investigations
  • Australian Securities and Investment Commission (counsel for the Commission): Mutual International Assistance, Judicial Review x2, leading authority on the rights of putative defendants and third parties;
  • R v Kieren Fallon (on behalf of the defendant): successful defence of the six-time Champion Jockey charged with race-fixing, corrupt practices and conspiracy to defraud; successful no case to answer submission after two months at trial
  • SFO v Bright (on behalf of the defendant): the £1bn Independent Insurance prosecution – actuarial fraud, false accounting, unlocking the pension for confiscation purposes
  • Instructed by the Financial Services Authority: instructed to advise the FSA on ten-handed ‘boiler room’ fraud
  • R v Stevenson (on behalf of the defendant); doctor accused of multiple manslaughter
  • Instructed by Aviva: instructed to advise re private prosecution of Insurance fraud
  • Advising an International Bank: re the consequences for it and its Iranian subsidy of the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty
  • Advising a Premiership Footballer in criminal and libel proceedings: following a News of the World sting involving the possession of Class A drugs and blackmail

Professional Discipline/ Regulatory:

  • Dr Wasu: Acting for dentist at proceedings in front of the General Dental Council
  • James Babbs & John Celaschi: Represented two city traders at disciplinary proceedings at the British Horseracing Authority
  • Re M: Application to the RDC following a refusal by the FSA to grant a licence to an IFA to exercise a Customer Function under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000
  • Dr Sivaraman: Acting in GMC and criminal proceedings regarding commission of offence contrary to the Offences Against the Person Act 1861. Allegations following an article printed in the Telegraph that Dr Sivaraman was giving abortions on the sole grounds of gender.
  • Dr L: advising internationally renowned surgeon during proceedings at the Singapore Medical Council arising from complaint from the Brunei Royal Family. Panel recused for breach of natural justice
  • GDC re Sheikh (counsel for the dentist): conspiracy to defraud, necessity to order interim suspension, successful Part 8 appeal, whether delay and exemplary post criminal conduct justified non-erasure from the Register
  • Prosecuting Counsel to the Accountants and Actuarial Advisory Board in the regulatory proceedings against a leading firm of accountants: allegations of asset stripping, conflicts of interest and auditing deficiencies
  • GDC v Woolgrove (on behalf of the defendant): 14 counts of defrauding a PCT arising out of the Personal Dental Services Scheme. Successful half time submission of no case to answer relating to the complexities of the Scheme and the failings in the expert evidence
  • BHA v McKeown (on behalf of the jockey): fraud/corrupt practices in horse racing and the compliance of the BHA with its own Rules of Racing/Article 6 and on Appeal by way of Part 8 application to the High Court, challenging the reasonableness and legitimacy of the BHA decision; judgment reserved

Libel

  • McKeown v NGN (on behalf of the claimant)
  • Sharma v Associated News (on behalf of the claimant): successful cross-examination of witnesses alleging harassment
  • Daunt v H Bauer Publishing Ltd. (on behalf of defendant), case settled
  • Various matters of advisory work
  • Desmond v Bower (on behalf of the claimant Richard Desmond): contested week long libel trial, with two separate visits prior to and during the trial, to the Court of Appeal Civil Division

Extradition

  • USA DOJ v C (on behalf of the defendant): ongoing proceedings challenging the right of the DOJ to extradite for alleged offences pre-dating the amendments to the 1889 and 1906 Acts

Civil Contempt of Court:

  • Lembergs: Represented a Latvian politician over $135 million commercial court worldwide freezing order
  • Mukhtar Ablyazov: Failure to disclose multi-million pound assets in complex off shore trust structure.
  • Lawrence and Lawrence v Beller and Owen – civil contempt of court application, successful discharge

Previous Cases

As Leading Junior or instructed alone, prior to taking Silk:

  • SFO v Catto: (leading for the defendant): £35m corporate asset-stripping conspiracy to defraud, stayed by defence application;[2005]
  • R v Lang and others: twelve consolidated appeals (appellate counsel for the DPP, instructed alone): Guideline authority on “Dangerous Offenders” under the CJA 2003;[2005]
  • R v Harwood (leading for the defendant): £3m international money laundering case. Entrapment by co-accused. Disclosure of sensitive unused material by HMRC. Interlocutory appeal to the Court of Appeal over the ability to the defence to approach a trial judge ex parte his co-accused, stayed by defence application. Stayed by defence application. [2005]
  • The Derby Inquest (counsel for a healthcare professional, instructed alone): inquiry into the deaths by alleged starvation of fourteen patients at Derby Hospital;[2005]
  • R v Banks-Nash (Leading for the defendant); conspiracy to import £200m of heroin. First on the indictment of nine. Acquitted after a four month trial. [2003]
  • R v Bossino (leading for the defendant): £15m international money laundering case. Entrapment, abuse of process, Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, unlawful participation in crime by Gibraltar and English political and police authorities, disclosure and public interest immunity; stayed after fourteen month legal argument. [2002-2003]

As Junior:

  • R v Sheffield Magistrates’ Court ex parte Turner and others: judicial review of the Custody Time Limit regulations
  • R v Lane (instructed for the defendant): manslaughter of an infant patient, case stopped at close of prosecution evidence
  • GMC v Professor Sir Roy Meadow on appeal to the High Court and then to the Court of Appeal Civil Division (on behalf of the appellant and then respondent): the test for Part 8 CPR Appeals, the privileges of an expert witness, negligence
  • R v Langaker (counsel for the defendant): £400m Morgan Grenfell fund management fraud
  • R v Hillier (counsel for the defendant): the Chairman of Swindon Town FC charged with tax fraud. On appeal the leading authority on the application of s. 74 PACE
  • SFO v George (counsel for the defendant): £35m market rigging allegations, successful application to dismiss the charges, successful Judicial Review of the Director of the SFO to seek a voluntary bill of indictment
  • R v Spearman (counsel for the SFO): international insider dealing conspiracy, sensitive RIPA applications
  • R v Dr. Harold Shipman (counsel for the defendant): defence of the serial killer
  • The Abbey National Fraud (counsel for the prosecution): 8 defendants convicted of defrauding the bank
  • R v McCormick (counsel for the defendant): successful defence of the Chairman of Atlantic Computers PLC for Insider Dealing offences
  • R v Melvin & Dingle (counsel for the prosecution): the police officers charged with fabricating the interview record of Mr Winston Silcott convicted of murdering PC Blakelock

Biography

“An extremely impressive performer who is in it to win it”

- Chambers & Partners

Ian Winter QC is firmly established as one of the leading silks at the Bar.

A focused, highly sought-after criminal specialist with a particular emphasis on fraud and financial crime. Regularly instructed to advise and represent corporate companies as well as individuals involved in cases brought by the Serious Fraud Office and Financial Conduct Authority who require complex strategic advice from the outset.

Ian also represents clients on matters of professional discipline, appearing at hearings in front of a variety of regulatory bodies. He has gained recognition in the commercial world, appearing at Commercial Courts and he also attracts market attention in the libel and defamation arena.

Called to the Bar – 1988

Queen’s Counsel – 2006

Recent & Current Cases

Ian is currently representing John Scouler, the former commercial director of Tesco, charged with fraud and false accounting by the SFO. Ian is also instructed to represent Tom Kalaris, a former executive of Barclays, charged by the SFO following its investigation re Qatar.

Ian recently represented Thomas Chan at the Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong following the city’s biggest graft trial. He also represented stock broker Ben Anderson charged by the FCA with insider dealing offences arising from Operation Tabernula, the largest ever investigation into share trading abuses by the city regulator. Following a three month trial Ian secured an acquittal for his client.

Other notable instructions in recent years include:

Fraud/Crime

  • HKSAR v Hao, Hong Kong: (on behalf of the appellant) representing a senior executive of a listed company following conviction for $200m conspiracy to defraud
  • J: Advised musician on issues of blackmail in connection to proceedings at the Employment Tribunal
  • S: Advised a national security company throughout an SFO investigation
  • P: Strategic advice on potential criminal proceedings arising out of a case in the Companies Court
  • R v Dr Khan – Acquittal secured for doctor charged with sexual assault
  • Christian Laguea – acquittal secured after trial in Gibraltar re murder charges
  • R v G: Represented client charged with money laundering in connection to investigation surrounding a former Governor of the Delta State
  • R v Dougall – leading authority on sentencing Executive-level whistleblowers entering plea agreements in corruption cases (for Mr Dougall)
  • HKSAR v Lai, Hong Kong: (on behalf of appellant): appeal following seven month trial. Representing solicitor convicted of conspiracy to defraud the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong after a listed company takeover fraud; full acquittal.
  • SFO investigation into BAE Systems (on behalf of a putative defendant): international corruption, jurisdiction and sufficiency of evidence
  • R v K (on behalf of the defendant): solicitor accused of tax fraud. Privilege against self-incrimination in ancillary relief proceedings, without prejudice privilege and abuse of process; landmark judgment
  • DOJ v Packer, DOJ v Dougall, DOJ v Chodan (on behalf of the defendants): three separate ongoing cases involving international corruption, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Mutual International Assistance, Section 2 SFO investigations
  • Australian Securities and Investment Commission (counsel for the Commission): Mutual International Assistance, Judicial Review x2, leading authority on the rights of putative defendants and third parties;
  • R v Kieren Fallon (on behalf of the defendant): successful defence of the six-time Champion Jockey charged with race-fixing, corrupt practices and conspiracy to defraud; successful no case to answer submission after two months at trial
  • SFO v Bright (on behalf of the defendant): the £1bn Independent Insurance prosecution – actuarial fraud, false accounting, unlocking the pension for confiscation purposes
  • Instructed by the Financial Services Authority: instructed to advise the FSA on ten-handed ‘boiler room’ fraud
  • R v Stevenson (on behalf of the defendant); doctor accused of multiple manslaughter
  • Instructed by Aviva: instructed to advise re private prosecution of Insurance fraud
  • Advising an International Bank: re the consequences for it and its Iranian subsidy of the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty
  • Advising a Premiership Footballer in criminal and libel proceedings: following a News of the World sting involving the possession of Class A drugs and blackmail

 

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