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Partner Manchester Business Crime & Regulation
Ian advises in all areas of Professional Regulatory Discipline, Fitness to Practice and is an experienced Grade A 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. 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”.
Over the years Ian has been involved in all cases that have shaped policing and regulatory governance. 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, Midland, and Lancet.
Ian this year successfully represented David Duckenfield, the Match Commander at Hillsborough who faced 95 allegations of Gross Negligence Manslaughter. He is presently representing the Senior Retired Officer in the criminal investigation into the alleged ‘cover-up’ following the Hillsborough Disaster.
Over his distinguished career, Ian has represented many professional sportspersons and sports clubs in all types of proceedings. This involves representing and advising professional football clubs, players and agents in Regulatory and HMRC matters. Ian represented the football agent involved in undercover operation by the Daily Telegraph which led to the resignation of Sam Alladyce as England Football Manager. He has represented cricketers in spot fixing allegations and numerous professional footballers, and/or their family members in criminal prosecutions.
Ian is presently representing a former Chairman, Director and a Premier League player in separate, high-profile HMRC investigations. He also represents a young sportsman facing allegations of the inappropriate use of performance enhancing drugs.
In 2015, Ian was named Police Lawyer of the Year (CI), Criminal Lawyer of the Year (CI). Ian 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. This year, Ian was named Partner of the Year at the MLA in 2020.