Ian is a partner in our civil and commercial litigation team. 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 has also 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. He was a member of the Independent Working Group which carried out a review of Swimming New Zealand in 2012 and was a Director of Swimming New Zealand between October 2012 and September 2014. In August 2013 Ian was appointed as a member of the inaugural FINA (Federation Internationale de Natation) Ethics Panel. In July 2015 Ian was appointed to the Board of High Performance Sport New Zealand. Ian is also the President of Broken River Ski Club, and an Association Commissioner for New Zealand Cricket. He was the first New Zealander to hold the role of President of ANZSLA (Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association) from 2007 – 2012. He has been involved in legal disciplinary matters since 2003 as a member of the Canterbury District Law Society Complaints Committee, and since 2008 as the convenor of a New Zealand Law Society Standards Committee.
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 Supreme Court of England and Wales in 1999. He obtained a Post Graduate Certificate in Sports Law from King’s College, London, in 1998.