Ian Whitehurst

Call 1994


"Ian has a very strong presence in court and takes no prisoners when it comes to dealing with tricky judges or opponents. He has good legal and analytical skills, and his written submissions are of a very high quality."

The Legal 500 2024
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Environmental Regulation

Ian is a specialist regulatory and corporate defence barrister with significant experience in all aspects of corporate crime and regulatory law.

He has been appointed to the Specialist List of  Regulatory Counsel to prosecute cases of a complex nature in this field but is also instructed by individuals and companies to advise and represent in a diverse range of complex regulatory matters.

He particularly specialises in cases involving waste disposal and waste management license regulations.  Ian’s experience in criminal law means that he is well placed to deal with large POCA cases which invariably follow in these types of cases.

He has also lectured to planning enforcement officers in relation to confiscation and the financial aspects of the investigation process.

Ian is recognised as a leader in the regulatory field and is listed in the Legal 500 as a Leading Junior in the area of regulatory law.

Environmental Regulation Cases

Illustrative cases include:

  • Instructed to represent a defendant in a major environmental dumping waste case.
  • Successfully represented a waste management company in their appeal against a sentence (fines and costs) in a prosecution brought by the Environmental Agency concerning the failure to remove construction waste from a green belt area.
  • Instructed to represent company in ongoing confiscation proceedings arising from an environmental waste prosecution. Brought in specifically to represent in the POCA proceedings.