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New Park Court Chambers

"Regarded as ‘one of the most prominent sets for crime in the North of England’."
- Legal 500 2015

Private Client

"Clients 'would strongly recommend New Park Court Chambers to anyone looking for a strong criminal or regulatory lawyer'."
- Chambers and Partners 2016

Ian Brook 1983

ian brook

Ian has practised in crime, since called, in the UK, in 1983, mainly at Hardwicke Building, London, Trinity Chambers, Trinidad, West Indies, and, since 2008, in Yorkshire where he was born, at New Park Court Chambers. He is of dual nationality and holds Trinidadian, as well as UK Citizenship.

He was admitted as an Attorney-at-Law, in Trinidad & Tobago, in 2001, after he obtained his LEC Certificate at the Sir Hugh Wooding Law School, and is eligible to be admitted to the Bars of any of the various Caribbean Territories.

 

 

 

 

 

During the 8 years he lived in Trinidad, he defended mainly in capital murder cases, occasionally acting, virtually pro bono. He was appointed as an Acting High Court Judge of the Supreme Court of Trinidad and Tobago, and held that office from January 2006, until returning to the UK, in late 2008. He tried 11 capital murder cases, 3 of which have been considered by the Privy Council:

Julia Ramdeen v the State

Nimrod Miguel v the State

Burnett v the State

 

Ian is on the CPS Panel as a Level 4 Prosecutor and is also on the CPS Specialist Rape Panel.

He is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public under the Bar Council Public Access scheme.

He is very competent in the use of computers, technology and legal software such as LexisNexis CaseMap®. He regularly conducted paperless trials, well before the advent of the Crown Court DCS system and is well versed in the digital management of paper heavy cases. He is particularly adept in cases involving complex, telephone and cell-site data and has experience of cases involving complex medical evidence, including ‘the Triad ‘, or the shaken baby syndrome.

Trinidad is a diverse, multi-cultural society, and Ian has considerable experience of dealing with, and being sensitive towards, people from all manner of backgrounds, ethnicities, cultures, religious beliefs and social standing.

He is approachable, and communicates well with defendants, complainants and witnesses (e.g., CPS STWAC Scheme) alike. He has good court presence and commands the attention of a jury, with whom he invariably relates well. He is respectful to his tribunal, but will fearlessly argue his client’s position. He is a methodical, detailed worker, who prepares all his cases meticulously and believes that the devil is in the detail.

Ian prosecutes and defends, and, since 2008, has been involved in cases of homicide; rape and serious sexual offences, which have become his forte; drugs conspiracies; fraud; money laundering; assisting offenders; attempting to pervert the course of justice; and general offences of violence and dishonesty.

He has particular experience of conducting trials of sexual offences, both historic and recent, involving young children, those under s.28 Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999, and those involving complainants and defendants with learning disabilities or on the Autistic Spectrum.

Recent examples of his work:

2016

R. v. Dawid Ziarnik—rape of working prostitute

R. v. D P – sexual assault (York Youth Court)

R. v. Angela Mellor—Blackmail

R. v. Gbadebo Dasaolu—indecent assault of nurse by male colleague on ward (ongoing)

R. v. Peter Campbell—indecent assault & digital penetration of 14 year old female

R. v. Richard Morton ¬(Op. Atrium II) – cash for crash case, 49 defendants

R. v Aiden Clegg—sexual activity with child, resulting in pregnancy and abortion (s.28 YJCEA 1999)

R v. Larkin & Ostle—manslaughter (shaken baby) and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice (Andrews J.)

R. v. Ben Barnes—money laundering, firearms offences, etc

2015

R. v. C S—rape

R. v. Kevin Shelbourne—conspiracy to supply Class A drugs

R. v. B.D—historic rape

R. v. Ghebrezghiher Beraki—attempted rape etc

R. v. A E—rape partner

R. v. Kyle Needham—rape friend

R. Michael Sowerby—rapes of and indecency with young girls

R. v. Vincent Greaves—single punch manslaughter

R. v. Rebaz Hamid—s.18 wounding (biting off pinna of ear)—s.28 YJCEA 1999

R. v. J R –gross indecency

R. v. C B –historic rape of daughter and foster child

R. v. Steven Hill—historic indecency with child, indecent assault, cruelty to child, sexual intercourse child under 13, sexual activity with child

R. v. A M—multiple rapes of young female with microcephaly and attempting to pervert the course of justice

R. v. Matthew Farrar—sexual assault and rape of youths, all with a degree of learning difficulty, including Defendant

R. v. K F –multiple, historic rapes daughter

R. v. Fidel Morton and others—conspiracy to supply Class A drugs

R. v. Nazir Khan and others (Op. Kellerabbey)—Keighley gang rape and grooming case