Areas of Expertise
Ian is primarily a personal injury and clinical negligence practitioner, acting for both Claimants and Defendants on the fast-track and, increasingly, on the multi-track. He also acts in inquests.
His personal injury experience includes accidents of all kinds and industrial disease. In clinical negligence, he has significant experience in delayed diagnosis of cancer and pressure sore cases.
Ian also accepts instructions in housing, property and public law matters.
Ian is the author of The Injury Appeals Blog, which summarises all personal injury or clinical negligence decisions by the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal as they are released.
A v B Ltd
Ian represented the Claimant in a three-day personal injury trial on the issue of causation for a Claimant who asserted he had contracted tuberculosis as a result of his work in a slaughterhouse.
C v D Ltd & E Ltd
Ian acted for the Claimant in a product liability claim against a manufacturer and distributor of an allegedly defective coffee cup, the failure of which led to burns and severe psychiatric injuries.
F v G NHS Trust
Ian acts for the Claimant in an action worth several hundred thousand pounds, which arises out of negligently delayed abdominal surgery causing lifelong physical injuries.
Inquest into the death of Carmel Bloom (October 2016, unreported)
Ian represented an NHS trust in this four-week inquest arising out of surgery to remove a kidney stone.
Nathanmanna v UK Insurance & Ors (May 2016, unreported)
Ian represented a Claimant in one of the first cases to deal with the interpretation of CPR 44.15.
Ian represents public bodies in the various types of proceedings in which he specialises, including particularly personal injury, clinical negligence and inquests. He is keen to develop this area of his practice. He has particular experience in representing the police, having spent time seconded to the Metropolitan Police during his first couple of years of practice.
Ian has significant experience in clinical negligence matters for his level of call and has represented both Claimants and health providers in claims and inquests arising from medical accidents. He has advised in cases concerning cancer diagnosis, joint replacement surgeries and, recently, psychiatric damage arising from a stillbirth caused by negligent midwifery.
Ian is also the author of The Injury Appeals Blog, which provides summaries of every personal injury or clinical negligence appeal decided by the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal as the judgments are released.
Inquest into the death of Carmel Bloom
Ian has significant experience representing Local Authorities in possession proceedings in the county court, having been seconded to the London Borough of Hackney for a period. He also acts for tenants, particularly those with potential Equality Act defence.
He also frequently advises Claimants on liability and quantum in disrepair claims.
Ian is instructed in inquests arising in the context of both his personal injury and clinical negligence practices and has represented families, insurers and health providers. His experience has included deaths in hospital, in residential care facilities, in road traffic accidents and as a result of suicide.
Ian accepts instructions to attend inquests on a CFA.
Ian represented an NHS trust in this four-week inquest before Karen Monaghan QC arising out of surgery to remove a kidney stone. The inquest heard expert evidence from a number of medical experts, from as far afield as Israel. No criticism was made in the coroner’s verdict of the trust Ian represented.
Inquest into the death of Brian Shillinglaw
Ian represented a family in this week-long inquest into a death in a residential care home caused by the ingestion of non-food substances. Findings were made which resulted in an early and favourable settlement of the estate’s negligence claim.
Personal injury law makes up the bulk of Ian’s practice. He is instructed by both Claimants and insurers in matters arising out of RTAs, slips and trips and accidents at work. He also has a developing practice in industrial deafness (NIHL) claims.
Ian also has significant experience of issues arising out of the personal injury claims portals and pre-actions protocols, as well as the application of QOCS. Ian successfully represented the Claimant in Nathanmanna v UK Insurance & Ors (May 2016, unreported) one of the first hearings to deal with the interpretation of CPR 44.15.
Ian is the author of The Injury Appeals Blog, which provides summaries of every personal injury or clinical negligence appeal decided by the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal as the judgments are released.
Ian has also written the Westlaw Insights articles on Duty of Care and Causation in personal injury and clinical negligence and on RTAs.
He has also given a Lexis Nexis webinar on the future of the Ogden Tables in the light of Billett v Ministry of Defence  EWCA Civ 773.
Ian has extensive experience of conduction possession proceedings on behalf of Local Authorities, including advice pre-proceedings and drafting pleadings. His experience covers cases involving disrepair, anti-social behaviour, subletting and injunctive relief. Ian spent a period of time seconded to the legal department at Hackney Council and so has an in-depth knowledge of social housing from the Local Authority’s point of view. Ian also regularly appears for private landlords in possession proceedings