Ian is a dispute resolution lawyer and is a member of the transport and procurement groups. He also advises on international trade matters in particular in the transport sector.

He is a specialist in rail regulatory issues having advised on legislative and compliance aspects of UK access and passenger rights, European law including the rail packages and their implementation in the UK. He has also advised bus companies and airports on compliance and disputes.

Ian has experience of dispute resolution within the rail industry both at industry panel and regulator (ORR) appeals and in the high court and arbitration. He contributed to the drafting of the industry-wide Access Disputes Resolution Rules.

In procurement Ian advises both authorities and bidders on compliance and risk mitigation issues as well as, often urgent, challenges brought on technical matters in short timescales. He acted on the successful defence by Eurostar of a three year challenge to its procurement of its €700 million new generation very high speed train fleet, the West Coast Rail franchise as well as a series of challenges in the award of frameworks, outsourcing contracts and engineering projects.

Ian also has a background in general commercial litigation, and judicial review.

  • Advising on major procurement challenges (and judicial review) for procuring bodies including Eurostar (in relation to its new fleet) and NDA.
  • Advising bidder challengers on procurements for frameworks in (amongst others) the healthcare, water and waste sectors.  
  • Advising bidder challengers on the outcome of contract awards in relation to oversea development, communications services outsourcing and large scale engineering projects.  
  • Acting as advocate for Train Operating Companies in hearings at the Timetabling Panel, in Access Disputes Adjudications and appeals to the ORR. Contributing to the drafting of the industry Access Dispute Resolution Rules.
  • Acting for Train Operating Companies in arbitrations and high court appeals in relation to compensation for performance and restricted access 
  • Advising transport entities on emerging legislation and regulation including the European rail packages, The Passenger Rights Regulation, Public Service Contracts, Licencing, Access and Brexit.