Call 1975 (Inner Temple)
Qualifications LLB (Bristol), Inner Temple Teichman Scholarship and Inner Temple Scholar and Observer Mace winner
Professional Memberships Personal Injury Bar Association, Professional Negligence Bar Association
Ian has extensive experience of dealing with civil claims where fraud or exaggeration is suspected and has worked for insurance companies where fraud on the part of the insured is suspected in relation to claims.
These cases have included deliberate arson of warehouse premises, deliberate arson or motor vehicles and false theft and damage claims.
Ian has considerable experience in clinical negligence cases and has acted both for claimants and Health Authorities. His work has included birth injury claims, including cerebral palsy and, forceps and brachial plexus birth injuries. He has also dealt with a large number of birth claims involving the mother including both psychological and gynaecological injuries. He has dealt with claims of significant misdiagnosis in a variety of areas. He has dealt with both the failure to diagnose cancer and the consequences of the misdiagnosis of cancer. His experience has encompassed all likely avenues of possible litigation. He has also dealt with numerous cases of dental negligence.
Ian also deals with cases of Solicitor’s negligence and insurance broker’s negligence.
Ian has considerable experience of Health and Safety cases having prosecuted and defended many cases involving death or potential public disasters. He also has experience of defending other cases of regulatory crime and is interested in all matters concerning corporate responsibility for death or serious injury. He has attended many inquests including several in respect of serious incidents including the collapse of the cradle at the Avonmouth Bridge.
Ian has always had an extensive practice in employers’ liability cases and has a particular interest in occupational illness claims – especially asbestos related illness. He has also been involved in many stress at work claims and has lectured in both topics.
Ian has vast experience in inquest work, and has dealt with complex and lengthy inquests such as the collapse of the working cradle on the Avonmouth Bridge, and the crash of a school bus in South Wales. Both hearings ran for over 10 days. In addition he has dealt with inquests arising out of road traffic collisions and industrial accidents, as well as a host of other situations such as deaths of pupils on school trips and workmen injured by the collapse of buildings.
In addition Ian completed the AVMA inquest course that dealt specifically with deaths that might involve clinical negligence in hospitals or at the hands of GPs. He has also been instructed in inquests following deaths in Police Custody and where people have committed suicide at work, when under pressure.
Ian qualified as an accredited mediator and has had experience of observing a number of mediations that have ranged from disputes over wills, landlord and tenant disputes and commercial disputes.
Ian has vast experience of a whole range of personal injury work. He has dealt with numerous catastrophic injury claims involving complex damage calculations regarding earnings, care and assistance for both claimant and defendant.
He has always had an extensive practice in employers’ liability cases and has a particular interest in occupational illness claims – especially asbestos related illness. He has also been involved in many stress at work claims and has lectured in both topics.
Ian also has considerable experience in road traffic claims, claims against Local Authorities and in product liability claims. He also has experience of holiday claims in respect of both claims for loss of enjoyment and accidents suffered whilst on holiday abroad.
Ian has had considerable experience with property insurance litigation acting for both claimant and defendant insurance companies over the years. He has dealt with a huge variety of cases including fires in thatched roofs, spontaneous combustion in grain sores, contamination of large milk tankers through use of wrong cleaning agents, fires in warehouses, floods in multiple occupancy premises, leaks of drainage and sewerage as well as other types of damage (or alleged) to domestic premises.
These cases have involved disputes over liability in respect of any damage as well as quantum. In addition, Ian has experience dealing with the insurance aspects of property insurance claims where liability is denied for various reasons. These include allegations of fraudulent claims, issues with indemnity denials, or allegations that indemnity is limited due to material non-disclosure or undervaluation of the property involved. Ian has also dealt with cases concerning the value of damaged property in contention and those that involve business interruption claims. He has also dealt with claims of property damage allegedly resulting from the escape of noxious substances which have caused damage to adjacent properties or even contaminated water courses.
Ian was a founder member of St John’s Chambers and enjoyed a successful practice in a number of fields before concentrating on personal injury, civil fraud, professional negligence, health and safety and insurance work approximately fifteen years ago.
His previous experience of a heavyweight criminal practice has developed and honed his advocacy skills that led to Chambers and Partners describing him as ‘good on his feet’.