Ian Wade QC

1977 (QC 2010)

Ian has been a higher court advocate for over 30 years, developing from a mixed practice in civil and criminal work to exclusively criminal based trial work, representing both the prosecution and the defence with equal facility. He specialises in cases of serious violence, robbery and sexual assault, both prosecuting and defending. He has great experience in trials involving sensitive and vulnerable witnesses and is preferred by a number of CPS offices in Special Measures cases.

Following early exposure to a wide range of civil law fields, especially negligence, breach of contract, landlord & tenant, building disputes, matrimonial and personal injury work, he has established a substantial reputation in criminal trial work; advising in conference and on paper, acting in court, in tribunals and in chambers as the representative advocate; adept at absorbing detailed information; interacting personally with a diverse client base from all walks of life, corporate and personal, privately or publicly funded. Latterly engaged in work involving serious crime, across the spectrum, including murder, rape, fraud, drugs, kidnap, blackmail, public disorder, motor crime and dishonesty; advising on evidence gathering, case strategy, plea and appeals; analysing strengths and weaknesses in both legal and forensic positions; negotiating plea bargains; mounting legal arguments; presenting cases to juries and judges; challenging evidence and witnesses; summarising cases orally and in writing.

Ian has additional expertise in inquest law and practice. In 2012 he was appointed an Assistant Deputy Coroner in West London. Having undertaken the extensive training required of the modern coroner, and attended the Academy of Forensic Medical Science diploma course, he is well placed to combine his long experience in serious criminal law, and latterly in coronial law, to offer premium advocacy and advisory services in this increasingly important and relevant field.

Ian sits on the Standards Committee of the Bar Standards Board.

Ian Wade QC
Ian Wade QC

Specialist Areas

  • Murder and Manslaughter
  • Serious Sexual Offences
  • General Crime


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