Ian Fenny

Year of call: 1978

Ian Ian

Ian Fenny is a criminal and regualtory barrister, he was called to the Bar by Grays Inn in 1978. He is widely recognised as one of leading advocates on the Western Circuit for serious sexual and violent offences and a full range of allegations involving children and vulnerable adults. Ian has unrivalled experience in dealing with young,old and vulnerable witnesses in the most challenging of prosecutions.

Ian Fenny has a good working knowledge and understanding of motor vehicles and is well equipped to deal with issues arising out of serious Road Traffic Offences. 

Ian has spent much of his life as part of a rural and agricultural community. It has given him an understanding of issues surrounding farming and the use of land rarely appreciated in  a legal environment dominated by urban dwellers. He has kept livestock and managed land and has been an NFU member for many years. This has particular resonance when those involved in farming and land management find themsleves before a criminal court charged with an environmental or animal husbandary problem. 


Ian has been a category 4 prosecutor since 1990.

His prosecution expertise includes:

  • Multi complainant historical sexual abuse
  • Paedophile ring allegations
  • Sexual grooming/slavery allegations
  • Exploitative relationship abuse including serious domestic violence
  • Child cruelty
  • Rape and other serious asexual allegations
  • Carer Abuse within an institutional setting
  • Violence toward children or vulnerable adults
  • Fraud upon the vulnerable
  • Serious Road Traffic Offences

Ian readily accepts Defence instructions in the following fields:

  • Murder/Manslaughter
  • Serious physical violence
  • Serious Road Traffic Offences
  • Supply of controlled Drugs

Ian was the legal advisor to the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in their first gold standard publication 'The physical signs of Sexual Abuse in Children'. 

Ian Fenny regularly lectures police officers, medical professionals and lawyers upon the wider aspects of child abuse and offences against the vulnerable. He has been chosen prosecuting counsel in pilot schemes conducted on the Western Circuit and has recently assisted in advising a Jamaican Government delegation upon the implementation of Achieving Best Evidence principles and procedures in Jamaica.

Ian Fenny has extensive and relevant Court of Appeal experience and has appeared in numerous cases consequent upon his practice.


For further information and enquiries please contact:

Crime: Lucy Northeast & Grant Bidwell


  • Category 4 prosecutor
  • B list panel of specialist regulatory advocates for Environmental and Health and Safety work