Ian joined 4 New Square in October 2018 following the successful completion of his pupillage and is developing a broad practice across several of Chambers’ core areas, with a particular focus on commercial litigation, the conflict of laws, professional liability, public law and human rights, international arbitration, and civil fraud.
His recent led work includes:
- Acting for a development manager in a multi-party professional liability claim arising out of the procurement and development of a multi-million pound retail and residential project (led by Graeme McPherson QC);
- Junior to Helen Evans in an urgent application for freezing and proprietary injunctions and a Norwich Pharmacal order, arising out of a former solicitor’s fraudulent misconduct;
- Assisting with advising a travel and lifestyle services provider upon a jurisdiction challenge under the recast Brussels I Regulation (in particular, the choice-of-court and lis pendens provisions);
- Junior to Matthew Bradley in Ang v. Reliantco Investments Ltd  EWHC 879 (Comm), involving a jurisdiction challenge under the recast Brussels I Regulation (in particular, the choice-of-court and consumer contract provisions);
- Acting for a firm of conveyancers in professional liability proceedings instituted on behalf of hundreds of property purchasers (led by George Spalton);
- Junior to Can Yeginsu as part of a legal team instructed in an international commercial arbitration, under the ICC Rules, arising out of a construction project in South America;
- Acting for a public sector services provider in commercial litigation against a local authority (led by George Spalton);
- Junior to Can Yeginsu in an international commercial arbitration, under the LCIA Rules, in connection with a share purchase agreement relating to a renewable energy project in Eastern Europe; and,
- Acting for an insurer in an insurance coverage dispute arising out of a former solicitor’s fraudulent misconduct (led by Patrick Lawrence QC and Helen Evans).
Prior to coming to the Bar, and after originally training and working as a journalist, Ian spent five years at Liberty, the human rights organisation, in senior media and campaigns roles. Accordingly, he has a strong interest in public law and human rights – and the rights to liberty and security and freedom of expression, in particular – and has recently been instructed as part of legal teams in applications to the European Court of Human Rights and petitions to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.
Ian has particular expertise, too, in the conflict of laws. He has worked as a teaching assistant on the Conflict of Laws module on the BCL at the University of Oxford, and has delivered tutorials in the same subject to visiting students at St Catherine’s College, Oxford. During pupillage, Ian also taught BPTC Commercial Dispute Resolution classes on jurisdiction and foreign judgments at BPP University, and won The Bar Council’s Law Reform Essay Competition for his paper “One rule for all: An end to the Abouloff double standard on fraud and foreign judgments”.
Ian has also been instructed as sole Counsel in a range of matters. He regularly appears in his own right at interim and final hearings in the High Court and County Court, and has advised upon, and settled pleadings in, actions across Chambers’ core practice areas, including professional liability proceedings against lawyers (both solicitors and barristers), financial practitioners, and construction professionals.
Prior to commencing pupillage, Ian read law at Birkbeck, University of London, where he won the Prize for Outstanding Performance on the LLB, and at Balliol College, Oxford, where he was the 4 New Square Chambers Scholar and achieved a Distinction on the Bachelor of Civil Law (taking courses in Comparative Human Rights; Conflict of Laws; Constitutional Principles of the European Union; and Jurisprudence and Political Theory). He subsequently completed the BPTC, for which he was awarded the Cunningham Scholarship by Middle Temple and an Excellence Award by BPP University, securing Outstanding grades in all three Advocacy modules and Commercial Dispute Resolution.
Ian is also an editor of Jackson & Powell on Professional Liability (Sweet & Maxwell, Third Supplement to the 8th edition, 2019).
For more examples of Ian’s recent work, please see the individual practice areas below.