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Ian Way

Ian Way

Year of call 1988

Practice Areas

Ian is a senior criminal barrister with over 29 years experience of both defending and prosecuting. In this time, Ian has been praised in the Chambers Guide for making reliable and effective decisions.

Developing a practice concentrating predominantly in the areas of serious violence (including homicide), firearms, rape, sexual assault and child abuse. However, Ian is regularly instructed in all areas of ‘blue collar’ crime including cases involving drugs and dishonesty.

In recent times Ian has been instructed in a number of high profile East Midlands cases involving defending an attempted murder (by shooting) and child cruelty (surrounding the death of an eight year old child).

His past achievements include settling extradition papers with the US Federal Government.

The highly experienced Ian Way is known by peers for his work against silks. Other barristers note that he is “extremely pleasant and able. If you get him, you get a fantastic barrister.” Chambers UK 2013

Ian Way is ‘particularly good with clients who have mental health issues, and, indeed, with difficult clients’. Legal 500 2011

“Ian Way is regularly instructed in cases involving serious violence and sexual offences, as well as drugs and high-value thefts. He has a quiet approach which is very effective – he listens to everybody and makes independent decisions that you can rely on.” Chambers and Partners Directory 2009

R v G (murder case)

The defendant had been on a drinking session with his old friend (the deceased). It was suggested by a prosecution witness that the deceased had made an inappropriate remark to the girlfriend of another of the defendant’s friends. Some time later the defendant was seen, covered in blood stating that he had killed the person. The police were called and found the deceased in a pool of his own blood. He had suffered over 26 separate stab wounds. The defendant was arrested but had no recollection of the events.


R v R (attempted murder)

The defendant was met outside a pub by three men, one known to him. He was assaulted by the one he knew sustaining a fractured jaw. Fearing a further attack on himself and/or his elderly father who had accompanied him, the defendant recovered a pistol (used earlier for ‘ratting’ on local farm land) from his van and let off nine or so rounds of live ammunition. One bullet hit the first complainant in the face, a second hit another man in the stomach.