Ian Fraser


Admitted as a Barrister in NSW in 2015

Ian’s core areas of practice comprise criminal law, administrative law, inquests, disciplinary hearings and inquiries.

With extensive experience in Australia and the United Kingdom acting for both defence and prosecution, Ian has conducted complex criminal matters, both at first instance and on appeal. Currently, Ian appears for both the prosecution and defence, and conducts regulatory prosecutions for various government agencies. Ian also has wide experience in crime-related matters, including parole hearings, applications under Part 7 of the Crimes (Appeal and Review) Act, apprehended violence orders, forensic procedure orders, challenges to search warrants, and proceedings pursuant to the Crimes (High Risk Offenders) Act. He also appears in coronial and other inquiries, in which he appears as counsel assisting and on behalf of families and other interested parties, and administrative review matters in the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Prior to being called to the Bar, Ian was special counsel and solicitor advocate in the inquiries and criminal law teams at the NSW Crown Solicitor’s Office. Notably, he was special counsel responsible for the representation of the State of NSW and its agencies before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse. Ian has also been a senior prosecutor with the Crown Prosecution Service Homicide Team in London, and a criminal defence lawyer in Western Australia.

Ian holds several panel appointments, including the Commonwealth DPP external junior counsel panel, the Legal Aid NSW General Criminal Law Panel and the RSPCA NSW panel for animal cruelty prosecutions. He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of NSW.


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