Ian is a partner in our civil and commercial litigation team. After commencing practice in 1984 and working in Invercargill and London, Ian joined Young Hunter in 1988 and became a partner in 1992.
Ian has extensive experience in a wide range of civil and commercial litigation areas, specialising in insurance law, medico-legal law, trusts law, and sports law, and has regularly appeared in the District Court, Employment Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Ian also has extensive experience in mediation and arbitration, and in appearing before tribunals such as the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the Sports Tribunal of New Zealand, the Employment Relations Authority, and the Human Rights Review Tribunal. Since 1999 Ian has acted as counsel for ACC, regularly appearing in the District Court, High Court and Court of Appeal. He is a contributing author of Brookers Personal Injury in New Zealand, the leading Accident Compensation text.
Ian is active within the legal community and in the wider community, with a particular interest in sport. Ian was the first New Zealander to hold the role of President of ANZSLA (Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association), from 2007 – 2012. He was a director of Swimming New Zealand between 2012 and 2014 and a member of the inaugural FINA (Federation Internationale de Natation) Ethics Panel between 2013 and 2017. Between 2011 and 2017 Ian was the President of Broken River Ski Club, and he has been an Association Commissioner for New Zealand Cricket since 2002.
Since 2015 Ian has been a director of HPSNZ (High Performance Sport New Zealand). In 2017 Ian was appointed as a member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the international Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), and in 2019 he was appointed as a member of the World Athletics Disciplinary Tribunal.
Ian has been involved in legal disciplinary matters since 2003, as a member of the Canterbury District Law Society Complaints Committee, and between 2008 and 2017 as the Convenor of a New Zealand Law Society Standards Committee. He was appointed as a member of the New Zealand Lawyers & Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal in 2019.
Ian graduated from the University of Canterbury in 1983 and was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 1984, and as a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales in 1999. He obtained a Post Graduate Certificate in Sports Law from King’s College, London, in 1998.