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Ian heads the Browne Jacobson Barristers’ Birmingham team. Called to the Bar in 2010 and having refined his advocacy skills in courts nationwide for more than a decade, Ian has established a busy practice in which his clients trust him to handle complex cases involving society’s biggest issues in the areas of professional discipline, offender health and education.
Acting for a range of regulators, education providers, healthcare trusts and local authorities Ian is a regular fixture in a range of jurisdictions including the civil courts, speciality tribunals and regulatory panels. He appears in trials, inquests, final hearings and appeals before a range of professional judges and coroners. Ian draws on this wide-ranging experience to offer holistic and insightful expertise in public sector matters. He is known and valued for his thoughtful and pragmatic advice and his ability to achieve excellent outcomes through his courtroom skills.
Ian prizes excellence in advocacy and enthusiastically offers internal and external training. Ian was a Keynote Speaker at Browne Jacobson’s EdCon 2021 and has championed his teams’ series of Advocacy in Action articles in Be Connected https://www.brownejacobson.com/education/training-and-resources. Ian also acts as a Pupillage Supervisor and returns to his former community high school in Bromsgrove to speak to prospective young lawyers about entering the legal profession.
Ian appeared in a complex inquest concerning a death following an episode of drug-induced Acute Behavioural Disturbance (“ABD”) combined with police restraint. The inquest considered national guidance for emergency response times and proposed changes to the medical literature underpinning the incidence of death in cases of ABD and Excited Delirium.
Ian represented multiple parties in the sad case of a young boy who had been murdered by his mother. The inquest determined that the death could not have been predicted or prevented by any public body.
In a case which has since been debated in parliament and received extensive media and public attention as a spearhead for social reform, Ian represented a public agency in the inquest into the death of a man who tragically starved to death in his flat following his benefits payments being stopped.
In the first regulatory case of its kind Ian secured the prohibition of a teacher who had been convicted for the criminal offence of conducting an unregistered independent school contrary to section 96 of the Education and Skills Act 2008.
"Equally knowledgeable and sure-footed."
"A very reassuring presence."
"Exceptional preparation and representation."