Ian is vastly experienced in the field of commercial and agricultural property. He was admitted as a solicitor in 1982 and operated as a civil litigator in the first half of his career. In 1995 he won a Law Society essay competition and his prize was a master’s degree course in advanced civil litigation at Nottingham Law School, which he successfully completed.
In 2000 he set up his own solicitor’s practice in Halifax and began developing a commercial and commercial property practice. As a result of success in this area, Ian has subsequently dealt exclusively in commercial, development and agricultural property work, including sales and purchases of businesses.
In 2007, Ian and his wife set up an estate agency to run alongside Ian’s law firm to generate residential conveyancing work for it. Ian took a 3-year break from the legal profession between 2011 and 2014 to work full-time in the estate agency, setting up and running the residential lettings department and assisting with sales from 2011 until the business was sold in 2018.
For over 30 years Ian was heavily involved in his family’s engineering company in Bradford. His experience of business outside the legal profession helps him to see things from a client’s perspective so that he can use his legal knowledge and skill to help clients achieve their objectives. He enjoys finding ways that things can be done, rather than finding reasons why they can’t be done.
When he’s not at work, you will find Ian indulging his passion for cars and driving or out in the countryside walking his dogs or riding his mountain bike.
Ian advises on:
- buying, selling or leasing commercial and agricultural property, including woodlands
- buying and selling development land and plots
- buying or selling a business, whether by way of assets or shares
- auction sales and purchases
- option agreements, rights of pre-emption (first refusal), overage agreements
- secured lending and commercial property finance
- buying and selling property through pension funds (SIPPs and SSASs)
- setting up leases from individuals or pension funds to businesses