Ian is an experienced family lawyer. Ian joined Fenners Chambers after practising on the Western Circuit for 12 years where he built up a considerable and diverse practice. He regularly represents local authorities, guardians, parents and third parties in a wide variety of public and private law cases.
Areas of Practice
- Care and Adoption (Care Proceedings): all types of hearing in the Family Court (Magistrates and County Courts) and the High Court. Ian often represents difficult and vulnerable clients and parties from different jurisdictions. Ian has appeared in the High Court in numerous cases of importance and has experience of cases involving serious non-accidental injury (NAI), sexual abuse and child trafficking;
- Private Law: all matters under the Children Act 1989 including cases where there has been a guardian instructed or there are third party intervenors. Ian has been instructed in a number of complex and challenging cases, and has been reported. Ian is an experienced appellate advocate;
- International Law: Ian’s practice includes complex international law cases. An experienced High Court advocate, his cases include child abduction matters under the Hague Convention, Brussels IIR, Wardship and matters of jurisdiction;
- Injunctions: Ian has considerable experience of Family Law Act cases and Forced Marriage work;
- Finance: Ian undertakes a wide range of finance work including financial order applications (ancillary relief), TOLATA and Schedule 1 Children Act cases.
Ian accepts legal aid and private instructions from solicitors. He is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public under the Public Access scheme and from professional clients under the Licensed Access scheme. Ian is able to accept instructions at very short notice and often works to very tight deadlines. Ian is regularly instructed by solicitors with a heavy caseload who require the most prompt and efficient counsel. Ian is happy to travel and continues to receive instructions in London and on the Western Circuit.
Re W (Children)  EWCA Civ 1307