Ian Stebbings

  • Year of Call 2001

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Introduction

Introduction

Ian is a versatile  and highly effective barrister with a large client base who look to him as a first port of call in matters relating to civil/commercial disputes and regulatory matters. He acts for both claimants and defendants in fast-track and multi-track cases. He is instructed by a number of large organisations, including NCP Car Parks, Iceland Foods, Virgin Active and various large charities and holiday companies and a well known chain of cinemas.

Ian is known for ability to analyse and case-manage complex, evidence-heavy cases. He pays attention to detail but never loses sight of the larger issues. Ian appreciates fully the need to risk-assess litigation on an ongoing basis and to work with clients in order to achieve the best result possible even in the most challenging of cases. He is known for his prompt turnaround of work and his ability to work under pressure in complex, fast-moving litigation.

As well as appearing in all levels of tribunal including County Courts, Coroners Inquests, Public Inquiries, the High Court and the Civil Court of Appeal, Ian has a busy paperwork practice involving drafting of documents, opinions, advices and statements of case and defence. He is litigation-qualified and can undertake to draft letters and undertake litigation on a client's behalf. 

Ian's practice takes him to courts throughout England and Wales. He is an invited speaker at in-house training sessions, seminars and CPD events on a variety of subjects. 

Ian is a skilled advocate who is a member of  Lincoln's Inn Advocacy Training team and is also an accredited IATC and NITA  advocacy trainer.

Ian serves as a national higher court advocacy assessor and is involved in the assessment of lawyers from other jurisdictions and solicitors from England and Wales wishing to qualify to practise within the higher courts in this country.

Ian has acted as the lead consultant to BPP on witness skills and courtroom training for the Police Service and other agencies including local authorities, SFO and various other law enforcement bodies. 

Ian has a proven track record in the following areas:

  • All Aspects of personal injury and cases involving liability under Occupiers' Liability Act,  employers' liability,  health and safety-related claims,  work stress and traffic and fatal accident claims
  • Acting for sporting bodies with a particular expertise in compliance and enforcement  issues
  • Coroner's Inquests and Inquiries
  • Planning and land use issues including advice on fracking and other land development disputes 
  • Health and safety-related claims and enforcement proceedings

Sports

Sports

Ian has an established practice in the area of sports law and is currently preferred counsel to the Britsh Karate Federation. 

  • He advises and drafts  the policies necessary to ensure compliance with the IOC disability programme for Olympic athletes.  
  • Ian has advised the UK Anti Doping Agency and the World Anti Doping agency on UKAD agency and world anti-doping procedures for karate participants.
  • Ian has advised on the content and implementation of the social media policy for the English Karate Federation, the only recognised body in England affiliated to The World Karate Federation.
  • Ian advises a well known sporting body on obtaining Olympic status.
  • Drafting essential documentation and policy documents relating to for the British and Welsh karate governing bodies and to ensure that these codes comply with the World Karate Federation and the International Olympic Committee Guidelines. 

Inquests

Inquests

Ian has extensive experience in Coroner's Inquests and has represented various parties in this forum, including the drivers of vehicles involved in fatal accidents to members of the Emergency Services involved in incidents where loss of life has occurred. He also accepts instruction in inquiries arising from breaches of health and safety regulations and deaths in police custody.   

Ian has recently represented two members of the London Ambulance Services at the Coroner's Inquest into the deaths of two drug mules who had ingested condoms filled with cocaine which broke and caused a massive overdose while being held in Home Office detention at Heathrow Airport. These cases require a high level of judgment, issues of PII ( Public Interest Immunity) and disclosure of Home Office processess.

Personal Injury

Personal Injury

Ian has an extensive practice in the area of personal injury and advises on both liability and quantum for a variety of solicitors. His ongoing contested cases include:

  • Representation of firefighters injured in the course of duty
  • Appearing for a claimant against a large national bank for work-related stress suffered by a trader. This claim exceeds six figures.
  • Acting for Claimant in respect of injuries arising from the Oxford Tube Coach - Claim in excess of £1 million
  • Appearing successfully in the High Court in a claim for damages arising out of allegations of historic sexual abuse against trustees of an estate
  • Numerous fast-track trials on behalf of large organisations such as Virgin Active, NCP Car Parks, Park Resorts and Greene King for various employer and occupier's liability claims

Employment

Employment

Ian is an experienced advocate, acting for employers and employees at Employment Tribunals on a variety of employment issues including racial, sexual and disability discrimination, protected disclosure (whistleblowing) and unfair dismissal cases. Ian has recently completed an 8-day racial discrimination and unfair dismissal claim involving sensitive material produced by the Royal Mail.

Ian is a skilled negotiator and appreciates the importance of settlement if agreement can be reached, but any settlement strategy is backed by his reputation as a fearless advocate in contested cases.   

Defending Professionals

Defending Professionals

Ian has established record of successfully defending  various professionals including solicitors, doctors, dentists and those under the regulation of the Nursing and Midwifery Council and other regulatory authorities in proceedings brought by their respective professional bodies.  

Licensing

Licensing

Ian represents variety of clients including the second biggest licence holder in the country undertaking licensing work. He is also instructed by a number of district councils regarding appellant licensing cases.  

Notable Cases

Notable Cases

The width and depth of Ian's experience is reflected in the variety of work he is noted for.  

  • Currently instructed by solicitors, which act for many of the major high street brands and also large national organisations to undertake various civil/commercial cases.
  • Ongoing instructions in a multi-division High Court case concerning Chancery, Queens Bench and Family proceedings.
  • Currently instructed on a number of High Court cases, one concerning the relevance placed by Border Force on Section 139 & 170(B) of the Customs & Excise Management Act sections in order to seize goods not subject to duty.
  • Ongoing instructions from a large shale gas company liaising with their senior management and general counsel to the company on disclosure with regards to prosecutions being undertaken by the CPS. Disclosure exercise undertaken due to the highly sensitive material involved. Also advising front line managers on their roles at protest sites.
  • Currently undertaking two large personal injury claims, one of which is subject to an anonymity order granted in the High Court. Both cases are pleaded at over £1 million.
  • Currently instructed on a civil appeal case involving the use of participating CHIS and the use of covert surveillance material.
  • Previously instructed in the largest stolen car ringing case ever in the UK; this involved large amounts of sensitive material involving shipping and port documentation, ANPR material, use of informants, PII applications, sensitive commercial material from car manufacturers relating to security and closely guarded Customs and Excise search processes of containers leaving the UK.

Direct Access

Direct Access

Ian is accredited to accept work under Direct access, also known as Public access, in suitable cases. In addition, Ian is certified by the Bar Standards Board to conduct litigation, which means he is able to undertake a full range of litigation-based services.  In order to instruct Ian on a Direct access basis, contact the clerks on +44 (0) 20 7242 6476 or at clerks@33bedfordrow.co.uk.