Ian is a leading dispute resolution lawyer, head of our public sector litigation team and a member of our transport and procurement groups.  He has led large teams from our extensive dispute resolution practice and has a proven track record in the highest-profile cases and in complex arbitration.

He is a leading rail industry litigation specialist with deep experience of (amongst others) access, rolling stock and asset damage claims. He also specialises in transport specific regulatory issues. He has advised on legislative and compliance aspects of UK access and passenger rights, from  European law to UK implementation and post-Brexit industry reform. Ian has also advised bus companies and airports on compliance and disputes. 

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 has experience of central and local government procurement disputes (as well as other public bodies) in outsourcing, FM and transport as well as urgent purchasing during the pandemic.

He regularly acts in public law disputes including judicial reviews.

  • Acting in Judicial Reviews for both public sector and private sector entities including in relation to high profile challenges to government decision making, to the UK capacity market (as advocate for interested parties providing demand-side response) and in relation to GEMA/Ofgem’s decisions in relation to applications for the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme.
  • Advising on major procurement challenges (and judicial review) for procuring bodies including a large local government body, a number of central government departments – including in relation to Covid related purchasing and high profile court claims for Eurostar and NDA.
  • Advising bidder challengers on procurements for frameworks in (amongst others) the healthcare, water, health 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.
  • Acting for Rail industry parties on rolling stock manufacturing and maintenance disputes.
  • Advising transport entities on emerging legislation and regulation including the European rail packages, The Passenger Rights Regulation, Public Service Contracts, Franchise termination, Licencing, Access, Brexit and post-brexit regulatory reform.