Ian’s promotion in the 2020 directories and his continued rankings for Chancery commercial, private client (trusts and probate) and property matters only serve to underline the expertise and qualities which he brings to bear in these and other cases in which he is instructed.

Ian passed his Fellowship exams in 1998 and, as a result, has been a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators since 2002. His long-standing interest in and experience of arbitration has led him to appear as an advocate in arbitrations, particularly under the rules of the ICC, the LCIA and UNCITRAL. The subject matters of these arbitration have varied from construction-related disputes to (more recently) commercial arbitrations arising in connection with disputes upon the dissolution partnerships, disputes concerning the valuation of an out-going shareholder’s profit entitlement and share value and breaches of joint venture agreements, most recently in connection with a development project in Saudi Arabia. To all of these disputes, Ian brings the exacting qualities of analysis, advocacy and tactical appreciation for which he is known and commended within the litigation sphere.

In addition, Ian has sat judicially – first as a Deputy Adjudicator to HM Land Registry and now as a Judge of the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) – since 2004. When doing so he acts as the sole judge of fact and law. His caseload has required him to resolve hotly-contested issues of fact as well as disputes between experts, all within technically difficult and evolving areas of law. His extensive experience in this role (particularly working in a jurisdiction itself solely a creature of statute and lacking any inherent authority) and of the procedural and evidential problems that arise during the course of such hearings means that together with his experience as an advocate, Ian has the experience and track-record necessary to sit as an arbitrator and to manage and dispose of references efficiently and fairly.

Ian has recently concluded a three week arbitration under the auspices of the LCIA concerning the functionality of a substantial number of biomass boilers and heating systems and is shortly due to commence on arbitration seated in London but applying Ghanian law as to the efficacy of commercial guarantees. As an arbitrator, Ian has in the last few weeks recently rendered an award in an arbitration seated in Qatar and applying Qatari law and concerning whether the Blockade and Covid entitled the tenant to a reduction in rent on commercial premises.

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