Ian Cain

Ian Cain

Call: 2014

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Ian accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ practice, with a particular focus on civil and crime.

Prior to joining Goldsmith Chambers, Ian was the In-House Advocate for a nationwide provider of advocacy services in County Courts. During this time, Ian became the Head of the Landlord and Tenant Litigation Department, an advocacy trainer and a seminar lecturer. Ian has used his wide-ranging civil experience to regularly appear in the County Court, High Court (Chancery Division and Queen’s Bench Division), Employment and Property Tribunals.

Since joining Goldsmith Chambers, Ian has developed a strong crime practice defending and prosecuting criminal cases in Magistrates’, Youth and Crown Courts across England and Wales. Ian is regularly instructed on trial lists for the Crown Prosecution Service on the East of England Circuit.

Ian is Public Access qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public where applicable.

To instruct Ian, please contact the clerking team on 020 7353 6802.

Interested in instructing Mr Cain?

Please call 020 7353 6802 or complete the form below:

Crime Barrister

Ian regularly appears in the Crown, Magistrates’ and Youth Court. He frequently defends in a wide range of hearings from the Client’s first appearance right the way through to trial and, if required, sentencing and appeal.

Throughout his practice, Ian has represented Defendants charged with a broad spectrum of offences, including:

  • GBH, ABH and Common Assault
  • Criminal damage
  • Dangerous dogs
  • Drugs offences, including possession and supply
  • Public Order offences
  • Theft & fraud offences
  • Malicious communications
  • Sexual offences
  • Domestic violence
  • Stalking and harassment
  • Driving offences, including speeding, drink & drug driving, driving without due care and attention, failing to stop, failing to provide information and driving without insurance

Ian is highly experienced in presenting compelling mitigation submissions resulting in reduced sentences in all criminal cases and presenting exceptional hardship in driving cases to avoid driving disqualifications.

Ian also prosecutes Magistrates’ Court trial lists on behalf of the CPS in the East of England Circuit and in Crown Court cases. He has completed specialist training in relation to Public Access, vulnerable witnesses and Youth Court advocacy, ensuring that clients receive excellent representation.

Ian accepts instructions on a Public Access, Legal Aid and Private basis.

Notable cases

R v E – Colchester Magistrates’ Court – June 2021. Defendant found not guilty of assault by beating, theft and fraud by false representation after Ian made a submission of no case to answer.

R v H – Staines Magistrates’ Court – March 2021. Defendant found not guilty following an assault by beating trial.

R v A – Isleworth Crown Court – November 2019. Successfully obtained post-conviction bail for a convict charged with theft of property worth more than £500,000.

R v L – Oxford Magistrates’ Court – July 2019. Defendant found not guilty following a harassment trial.

R v J – Luton Magistrates’ Court – May 2019. Defendant found not guilty of two counts of offering to supply Class A and Class B after Ian highlighted substantial deficiencies in the prosecution’s case which caused them to offer no evidence without a trial.

Civil Barrister

Ian has over 7 years’ experience practicing in the field of Civil litigation since being called to the bar in 2014. Ian has a wealth of experience in drafting pleadings in civil claims and through his written advices, including advices on quantum, prospects and merits, costs have been limited and issues narrowed well in advance of hearings, saving clients substantial amounts of time and money.

He has successfully represented clients in a number of claims, including:

  • Landlord and Tenant
  • Interim remedies and injunctions
  • Road traffic accidents
  • Infant approvals
  • Personal Injury
  • Commercial disputes
  • Unlawful detention
  • Neighbour disputes
  • Enforcement proceedings
  • Debt recovery
  • Actions against public authorities
  • Defamation claims
  • Employment tribunals

Ian has represented clients on all tracks in County Courts throughout England and Wales and the High Court.

Ian accepts instructions on a Public Access, Legal Aid and Private basis.

Notable Cases

Syeed v The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis – Central London High Court – January 2021. Represented the Claimant in an action against the police following a period of false imprisonment.

Naring v Parmar – Brentford County Court – January 2021. Successfully proved that the Claimant had sold her vehicle to the Defendant and lent her an expensive necklace that had not been returned, resulting in damages awarded of £7,000.

Wilson v Tompkins – Clerkenwell & Shoreditch County Court – July 2019. Successfully obtained the full rent arrears claimed by a private landlord and defeated a substantial counterclaim for disrepair.

Holden v London Borough of Hillingdon – Central London High Court – June 2019. Successful appeal against the District Judge’s decision to dismiss the Claimant’s claim. The decision was overturned on appeal resulting in a substantial award of damages.

Eames & Masters v NV Transport Ltd & PMP Forward Limited – Southampton Employment Tribunal – April 2019. Complex TUPE transfer case in which Ian successfully represented two former dock workers in their claim for Unlawful Dismissal on a pro-bono basis for Havant Citizen’s Advice Bureau. The Claimants received a total award of over £30,000.

Education & Qualifications

Public Access Qualified (2021)

BPTC (Very Competent), BPP Law School (2013-14)

LLB (Upper Second-Class Honours), University of York (2010-13)


The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple

The Criminal Bar Association

The South Eastern Circuit

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regulated by the Bar Standards Board

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