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Ian Wilson Principal Lawyer

Experience Profile

Ian is a principal lawyer in the Bristol Crime and Misconduct Department and is also responsible for supervision of the Cardiff Crime and Misconduct Department.

Ian represents police officers in relation to all aspects of crime and misconduct investigations, road traffic investigations and IPCC investigations. He also advises and represents officers if matters progress to a criminal prosecution or Misconduct Hearing.  Ian also undertakes representation at Inquests in cases involving deaths in police custody or following police contact. He has also been involved in Judicial Review cases arising from police misconduct proceedings.

Ian is ranked in Band 3 for Police Law: Mainly Defendant "Ian Wilson is a partner in the Bristol office and supervises the work of the Cardiff office. He is praised by clients for his "comprehensive knowledge, listening skills and pragmatism." Commentators agree: "He is one of the few people able to tackle the large-scale and complex cases". Ian has been recognised as a key individual by the 2013 Chambers Legal Directory. He is described as an "excellent lawyer" who is well known for his work in very high cost cases. He recently represented an officer charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and is admired by peers for his advocacy skills.

Ian has a wide range of experience gathered over many years in relation to all crime and misconduct matters relating to police officers.

Ian qualified as a solicitor in 1983. He initially undertook a wide variety of legal work in High Street practices before joining Russell Jones & Walker in 1989 to set up the Crime and Misconduct Department in Bristol.  

Ian graduated with a degree in Law from Cardiff University and then completed his Law Society Finals in Bristol.

Ian is a member of the Law Society and a member of the Law Society’s Criminal Law Accreditation Scheme.

Ian has written articles on issues as diverse as use of force, plea bargaining and environmental waste. He has given presentations on topics including police misconduct up-dates, advocacy and Police Appeal Tribunals.