• "An excellent advocate, who is able to advise the client on the best legal route, whilst recognising the commercial realities of the client's business."

    Chambers UK Bar, 2023
  • Shortlisted - Group Litigation and Consumer Junior of the Year

    Legal 500 Bar Awards
  • "A very experienced and able operator…Very knowledgeable in food safety and hygiene."

    Legal 500, 2022
  • "A true food safety expert, he has a grasp of pitching his in-depth, technical knowledge in the most appropriate commercial context."

    Legal 500, 2020
  • Ian is a specialist regulatory barrister. He is highly regarded for his work in food and consumer products regulation, including labelling claims (for example nutrition, health and environmental), safety and recalls. Ian is also experienced in health and safety law, inquests and inquiries.

    Ian’s practice is divided between providing non-contentious compliance and regulatory advice, providing guidance and assistance in connection with investigations and enforcement action, and representing clients in courts and tribunals.

    A substantial proportion of Ian’s work involves complex and technical points of regulatory law and evaluating commercial, legal and regulatory risk for businesses (multinationals, SMEs and individuals) and consumers.

    Ian’s work, particularly in respect of claims, also involves advising on advertising and marketing rules and he is experienced in the requirements of the Advertising Standards Authority Codes.

    Ian is ranked in the legal directories as a leading junior in consumer law and was nominated by Legal 500 in the category of Consumer Junior of the year (2022).

    He works with lawyers and businesses based in the UK, Republic of Ireland, Europe and globally.

    Ian is a Visiting Professor at Ulster University.

    He accepts instructions under the Direct Access scheme.

  • "A highly capable barrister and noted food law specialist, known for representing individuals, local and national companies and government bodies in food safety and trading standards cases".

    Chambers UK Bar, 2018
  • "A very experienced and able operator...Very knowledgeable in food safety and hygiene."

    Chambers UK Bar, 2018
  • "He is extremely user-friendly and makes advocacy look easy."

    Legal 500, 2017
  • “He has a wealth of knowledge and experience.”

    Legal 500, 2016
  • "Extremely thorough, pragmatic and sensitive to the client’s needs, both financial and legal."

    Legal 500, 2015
    • Food

      As a very experienced food lawyer, Ian provides regulatory and compliance advice and represents clients in courts and tribunals in relation to a wide range of food law matters including; food safety and hygiene, animal welfare (including at the time of killing), food information, health and nutrition claims, food supplements, borderline products (e.g. food/cosmetics/medicinal products), traceability, product withdrawals and recalls, official controls and enforcement powers.

      Courts and Tribunals

      Defended a multi-national fast-food business in a food hygiene prosecution involving the presence of rodent activity and food supplied to a consumer.

      Defended a SME food business in a food hygiene prosecution, including legal argument on time limits and judicial review proceedings.

      Defended a specialist food business in a prosecution for placing unsafe food on the market (food containing undeclared milk supplied to primary schools).

      Advised a food business in connection with a criminal investigation into placing unsafe food on the market (undeclared milk). Assisted the business make representations to the prosecuting authority. No prosecution was commenced.

      Defending a SME food business in a food hygiene prosecution. Legal arguments regarding identity of the food business operator and due diligence (trial pending).

      Defending a food business operator in a food hygiene prosecution (case ongoing).

      Representing a slaughterhouse appealing against the service of a Welfare Enforcement Notice under the Welfare of Animals at the Time of Slaughter Regulations (hearings in the First-tier Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal)


      A local authority on a possible food recall.

      A director in respect of an alleged large-scale fraud involving the mislabelling of meat. No prosecution was commenced.

      On nutrition and health claims, particularly in the context of advising on the legal and regulatory requirements for food supplements.

      A charity in relation to a food allergen issue where an employee suffered an anaphylactic reaction and was hospitalised.

      With regard to the detention of imported product due to alleged non-compliance with food of animal origin legislation.

      A food service provider in respect of food safety management systems, allergens and Primary Authority.

      In connection with a recall of a liqueur containing undeclared milk.

      About the safety of vacuum-packed product, the presence of C. Botulinum and obligations to recall the product.

      In connection with using the description ‘natural’ on pack (including the application of the ASA Codes).

      An EU food business on its UK (GB) labelling obligations in respect of ‘ready to eat’ foodstuffs including health and environmental claims.

      A multi-national food business in respect of the claim ‘suitable for vegetarians’.

      An EU food business on various aspects of the Bread and Flour Regulations.

      An EU food business in respect of the labelling and composition of food supplements and nutrition and health claims.

      On the appropriate food business operator in the context of a criminal investigation.

      In respect of enforcement action against a local authority operated food business.

    • Consumer Regulatory

      Ian is very experienced in providing advice in respect of the regulation and compliance of non-food consumer products. This includes labelling and safety requirements.

      Defending a very large organisation in a prosecution for breach of the asbestos regulations.


      On extended producer responsibilities.

      On national food packaging law.

      An EU business on the UK legal and regulatory requirements applicable to ‘vape’ products.

      An EU business on the legal and regulatory requirements applicable to cosmetic products (including changes to the use of allergen fragrances).

      An EU business on the legal and regulatory requirements applicable to detergents.

      A business on the provisions applicable to umbrella labelling (in the context of medicinal products and food supplements).

      On the use of the descriptor ‘vegan leather’.

    • Inquest and Inquiries

      Acting as sole counsel for a corporate core participant in the long-running Public Inquiry into the fire at Grenfell Tower.

      Representing the enforcing authority at an inquest involving a drowning at a hotel swimming pool.

      Representing the enforcing authority at an inquest concerning a fire at a caravan site.

      Representing a structural engineer at inquest following a wall collapse.

      Representing a local authority at inquests where deaths occurred at local authority supervised residential accommodation.

    • News
    • Events

      Ian regularly speaks at conferences and seminars.

      For example, he presented two sessions at the 2023 CTSI Annual Conference in Birmingham (having given presentations at previous CTSI events).

      Ian will be presenting a session at the 2024 Food Labelling and Information Conference (having presented at this conference in previous years).

      He presents food law lectures at Ulster University and at the Technological University of Dublin.

    • Education, Qualifications and Memberships

      Called Gray’s Inn 1993

      LL.B (Hons) Wolverhampton University

      Law Society of Ireland

      Visiting Professor, Ulster University

      Elected Fellow, Society of Food Hygiene and Technology

      Member, Food Law Group

      Country Correspondent (Ireland) for the European Food and Feed Law Review

      Member, European Food Law Association

      Member, Food Safety Professionals Association (Ireland)

      Affiliate Member, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health

    • Publications
      • A Practical Guide to the Law Relating to Food (Law Brief Publishing).
      • Covid-19 and the Law Relating to Food in the UK and Republic of Ireland (Law Brief Publishing).
      • Ireland Country correspondent for the European Food and Feed Law Review.

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