Iain is a senior junior practicing in health and safety matters, including prosecutions under the HSWA and other health and safety related legislation, inquests, personal injury and clinical negligence. In addition, he acts on behalf of and against police forces and private custody providers in respect of a variety of claims relating to arrests, detention and prosecution as well as misfeasance and judicial review in respect of prosecutions, prisons and the actions of the police. He has represented a variety of organisations, with particular emphasis on claims involving police forces, arising out of allegations of stress, harassment and bullying at work and online.
Iain has particular experience in matters arising out of the provision of healthcare, including advising and representing NHS Trusts, healthcare professionals, private prison healthcare providers and both local authority and privately-run care homes. This includes defending prosecutions, advising and representing in respect of civil and judicial review claims and those brought under the HRA as well as representing PIPs in inquests. In addition, he advises Coroners in respect of legal issues arising during and from inquests.
His practice includes responding to the investigations into and prosecutions arising out of deaths in hospital and mental health units both concerning the standard of care and the condition of the buildings and equipment used.
In addition, Iain represents companies in the construction, utilities, energy and manufacturing sectors. He undertakes lengthy civil and criminal trials and inquests relating to deaths arising out of construction and maintenance processes as well as personal injury cases on behalf of insurers and claimants following accidents in the workplace and work accidents involving members of the public. He was instructed and appeared in the Grenfell Inquiry on behalf of one of the core participants.
Iain has advised and represented in public law matters on behalf individuals and organisations arising from inquests, criminal investigations, prosecutions, and the actions of prison providers and the police.
As Iain’s experience encompasses both criminal prosecutions and civil claims arising out of health and safety legislation, he is able to advise upon both those aspects and upon the impact of matters arising in one aspect upon the other.
Iain accepts Direct Access instructions.
What others say:
“He is very robust and stood up to a series of remarks from the coroner which would have caused other barristers to crumble. His attention to detail was fantastic.” – Chambers UK 2023
“He is always well prepared and extremely personable. He is fearless in standing up to coroners, and has a nice manner about him in terms of his advocacy style.” – Legal 500 UK 2023
“An excellent barrister: he moves things round in a timely manner, his written work is always of an excellent standard, and on the occasions I have seen him in court, he is very persuasive and has a very likeable manner that endears him to clients and judges.” – Chambers UK 2022
“Iain is personable, very user friendly, superb in court and produces high quality written submissions, skeletons and advice. All of my clients have been delighted with Iain’s work and he is a go-to person for me on these cases where usually the stakes are high and where there is an element of criminal liability for the client. His calm, measured and expert demeanour are critical to the case, alongside his legal expertise. Iain is first class.” – Legal 500 UK 2022
“Absolutely brilliant in court, and he has judgement you can trust when it comes to making the really difficult calls.” – Chambers UK 2021
“Iain is fantastic on his feet, has a great eye for detail and an excellent manner with clients.” – Legal 500 2021
“He is very bright, meticulous in his preparation and not afraid of hard work.” – Chambers and Partners UK 2020
“He is very good on his feet.” – Legal 500 2020
“He has achieved cracking results. He’s technical and incredibly hard-working. Strong in relation to personal injury litigation, in particular bullying, stress and harassment. He also very good in relation to inquests and regulatory work.” – Chambers and Partners UK 2019
“A technical expert in health and safety and inquests and a strong advocate.” – Legal 500 2018
“He has an excellent manner with clients and witnesses alike.” – Legal 500 2018
“He’s a well-respected advocate and a great tactician. He has a methodical approach to litigation.” – Chambers and Partners UK 2018
“He is very pleasant, hospitable and accommodating.” “His advocacy skills are excellent” and “his attention to detail and willingness to work in a team are plain for all to see.” – Chambers and Partners UK 2017
“He’s very measured and very reasonable.’ ‘Put simply, he’s brilliant. He’s one of the best and most instructed barristers that we use.” – Chambers and Partners UK 2016