Ian qualified as a Solicitor in 1985 and joined Trethowans in 1987. He was made a Partner in 1989 and invited to become an Assistant Deputy Coroner for Wiltshire & Swindon in April 2009.
Ian primarily undertakes work involving professional negligence claims and property disputes including commercial, agricultural and residential landlord and tenant issues. Ian has extensive experience of possession and forfeiture claims, business tenancy renewals under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 Part II and dilapidation claims. He has acted on a variety of applications relating to lease extensions or enfranchisement under the Leasehold Reform, Housing and Urban Development Act 1993. Ian has appeared for a successful Appellant before the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) on an appeal from a decision of the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal.
Ian is a member of the Law Society, the Coroners Society for England and Wales and the South West Coroners Society.
Ian states that "One of the reasons why I enjoy the work that I do so much, is because of the variety and unusual issues that arise. I sometimes call us the Flotsam & Jetsam team - you just never know what interesting case you are going to come across."
Ian is recommended in Legal 500 (2016) for his work in property litigation.
Examples of how Ian has helped clients include:
- Represented clients who were being prosecuted by Environment Agency for being in breach of Waste Packaging Regulations. The plea in mitigation led to the clients stating "... I'm sure your friendly, forthright and professional presentation of our case went a long way in helping...regarding the level of fine".
- Acted for freeholders of premises where the tenants owed substantial arrears of ground rent and service charges. Following Court action all of the monies owed were recovered together with costs.
- Clients were negligently advised by former solicitor, which would have exposed their Estate on their death to substantial tax liability. Negotiated substantial damages payment by the professional indemnity insurers which enabled the clients to unravel the problem thereby saving both the payment of tax and significant anxiety and distress to the clients and their family.
- Acted for client in claim against former architect who had negligently advised on the requirement for planning permission. Obtained substantial damages for client to enable works to be carried out so that it was compliant with planning law.
- Acted for the Executors of an Estate where the former husband of the deceased sought to claim an interest in the Estate's only main asset, the former matrimonial home. The claim was successfully resisted.
- The late Lord Denning (former Master of the Rolls) was involved in a case where Ian was instructed to act against him. Lord Denning wrote to Ian conceding that his notices were incorrect "I am grateful to you for pointing out some defects in the earlier Notices" and "As we have lost every round so far, I can understand your view that we should try and settle everything". Ian's client was ultimately successful.
Away from the office ...
When time permits, given that Ian has a young family, he enjoys non professional theatre, clay pigeon shooting, walking , photography and reading.
- Professional Negligence Claims
- Disputed Landlord and Tenant Issues - Commercial, Residential and Agricultural
- Inheritance Act and Probate Disputes