About Ian Harris

Ian Harris is the Head of CPS Wessex Complex Casework Unit.

After a period in private practice Ian joined the Crown Prosecution Service as a Crown Prosecutor in Guildford in 1991, later transferring to Chichester and then Portsmouth.  He became a Higher Court Advocate in 1997, making numerous appearances at Crown Courts in Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire before becoming a full-time Crown Court trial advocate in 2004.  Ian was appointed Head of the CPS Portsmouth Trials Unit in 2005, before becoming Head of the Complex Casework Unit in 2009.

As Head of the Complex Casework Unit, Ian is responsible for a team of highly experienced lawyers and paralegal staff who are engaged in the prosecution of the most complex and voluminous criminal casework throughout Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire, principally involving organised crime, large-scale frauds and offences with a cross-border or international element.



Handling Complex Crimes

Ian Harris, Head of CPS Wessex and Thames & Chiltern Complex Casework Unit

Ian Harris, Heas of the Complex Casework UnitWelcome to the Complex Casework Unit. 

There are four lawyers including me working in the Complex Casework Unit. 

We handle the Area's Complex Cases, which include:

  • serious and complex animal rights extremism;
  • hate-related murders;
  • large scale child abuse, abduction, multi-generational victims;
  • sensitive, serious or complex cases of major media interest

and many more.