Ian has practiced as a lawyer for about 30 years, both as a solicitor and subsequently as a barrister. Ian has a broad practice that focuses on areas including commercial, professional negligence, construction, transport and appellate. Ian regularly appears most Courts and Tribunals in NSW and in particular the Technology & Construction and Commercial Lists of the NSW Supreme Court Equity Division and in the Federal Court of Australia.
Since coming to the Bar in 1996 he has built a successful practice, was appointed Senior Counsel in 2011, and is regularly appointed as mediator. Ian also accepts appointments as an expert to conduct Expert Determinations and as facilitator of expert witnesses’ conclaves.
Ian is listed as a Leading Construction & Infrastructure Senior Counsel in NSW (and Australia) in the Doyles Guide 2020 as well as Best Lawyers in Australia 2021 in the area of Construction & Infrastructure law.
Ian brings to the preparation and conduct of litigation his interest in technology. He enjoys the team aspect of litigation and case management. He values the input of solicitors, junior counsel, experts and clients alike, and recognises that every person on his team brings something valuable and different to the case - from discovery to witness communication skills, drafting, and research excellence. Ian’s successful practice is founded on his forensic approach, and his problem-solving and investigative abilities.
Ian has a detailed and methodical approach, which includes thorough examination of documentary evidence and piecing together disparate information. He understands the importance of identifying why a particular legal problem exists. His approach to solving legal problems is complemented by an interest in history, and a particular interest in the social attitudes and the historical basis upon which certain precedents were set.
Ian is a director of Greenway Chambers and was heavily involved in its creation and development in 2015. He regularly participates as chair and speaker at Greenway’s Continuing Professional Development seminars, particularly the Super Series conducted in the early months of each year.
Ian’s non-work obsessions include cycling and playing guitar.
Focus Areas + Select Cases
TFM Epping Land Pty Ltd v Decon Australia Pty Ltd  NSWCA 93
Alstom Transport Australia Pty Ltd v Comptroller-General of Customs  FCAFC 43
Europlex Pty Ltd v Unique Living Australia Pty Ltd  NSWSC 1291
Nuance Group (Australia) Pty Ltd v Shape Australia Pty Ltd  VSC 362
Skyworks NSW Pty Ltd v 32 Drummoyne Pty Ltd  NSWSC 343
The Owners Corporation Strata Plan 76841 v Ceerose Pty Ltd  NSWCA 140
Fitz Jersey Pty Ltd v Atlas Construction Group Pty Ltd  NSWCA 53
Hakea Holdings Pty Limited v Denham Constructions Pty Ltd  NSWSC 1120
Avopiling (NSW) Pty Ltd v Menard Bachy Pty Ltd  NSWSC 1466
CJD Equipment v A & C Constructions  NSWSC 1362
Rail Equipment Leasing Pty Ltd v CV Scheepvaartonderneming Emmagracht  NSWSC 850
Peter’s of Kensington v Seersucker Pty Ltd  NSWSC 897
CV Sheepvaartonderneming Ankergracht v Stemcor (A/sia) Pty Limited  FCAFC 77
Stemcor (A/sia) Pty Ltd v CV Scheepvaartonderneming Ankergracht  FCA 1808
Siemens Ltd v Schenker International (Aust) Pty Ltd (2004) 216 CLR 418
Newcastle Port Corporation v Pevitt (2003) 58 NSWLR 548