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Ian advises in all areas of Professional Discipline. In addition, he is an experienced criminal practitioner.
Ian’s main specialism is in Police Law with particular emphasis on Misconduct proceedings, Inquests and Inquiries. For nearly 30 years Ian was the sole appointed Solicitor for the Police Superintendents Association and its members. He has also represented numerous members of CPOSA.
Chambers stated that he is “on all the ritzy Police cases” and is a “classy operator with a clever practice”. The Legal 500 described Ian as a “superb strategist and tactician”.
Ian has now expanded his practice to include representing other professionals in Fitness to Practice proceedings, such as Solicitors, Barristers, Doctors and Professional Sportsmen and Sporting Clubs.
Over the years Ian has been involved in all cases that have shaped policing in the 21st Century. He has represented individuals in proceedings at Inquiries and Inquests including but not limited to: - Marchioness, Stephen Lawrence, Victoria Climbie, Deepcut, Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al-Fayed and in Police Operations such as Midland, Lancet, Helios and Elveden. He is presently representing the Hillsborough Match Commander before the Crown Court and Senior Retired Officers in the criminal investigation into the alleged cover-up.
Ian is a Grade A fee earner for VHCCs. He has wide experience of representing professionals and business leaders involved in criminal litigation. He is presently defending prosecutions brought by the CPS, SOCA, IOPC, FCA and HMRC.
In 2015, Ian was named Police Lawyer of the Year (CI), Criminal Lawyer of the Year (CI). He also, as head of Crime and Regulatory at his previous firm, led his team to Regulatory Firm of the Year 2 years running at the Manchester Legal Awards 2015 and 2016 and has again been successful in 2019.