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Ian Perkins

Ian Perkins

Ian Perkins

Barrister (Senior Associate)

About Ian

Senior Associate Ian was called to the Bar in 2010 and heads up our Browne Jacobson Barristers Birmingham team.

He conducts a busy advocacy practice in which he represents Local Authorities, education providers and regulators in a variety of education sector jurisdictions.

Some of Ian’s more high-profile cases have included TRA v Sophie Rahman in which a head-teacher was prohibited from the profession for having employed one of the London Bridge terror attackers in her school and the inquest into the death of Archie Spriggs, both of which have been reported in national media.

Ian has advised and acted for government and higher education clients in disciplinary proceedings including professional and student disciplinary cases. He is routinely asked to advise and prosecute high profile cases including historic sexual misconduct, serious dishonesty and conduct contrary to fundamental British values.

Ian appears regularly before the SENDist Tribunal and prior to the advent of virtual hearings was regular fixture at the Royal Courts of Justice. Ian has extensive experience advising and representing a range of schools and Local Authorities in complex EHC appeals including national trial appeals and final hearings of over 5 days duration. He regularly receives glowing praise from clients both for his technical acumen and his ability to effectively support witnesses.

Ian also regularly represents schools to defend Disability Discrimination Act claims and has been involved in a number of recent claims relating to school placements and reasonable adjustments during the Covid-19 lockdowns.

In addition, Ian has represented a range of clients at complex jury inquests including in cases of prison death, teen suicide, parental infanticide and challenging mental health related suicides. Ian's experience in acting for a broad range of public bodies allows him to offer excellent steric insight and advice on both risk and reputational concerns.

Alongside his regulatory, inquest and education practice Ian routinely appears at interlocutory and final hearings on a range of civil matters including occupiers’ and employers’ liability cases, negligence and is instructed to draft complex defences, counter-schedules, expert questions and applications. Ian is particularly skilled as conferencing with clients and witnesses and his clients regularly ask for him by name to gain his insight and support on difficult matters.

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