Ian Clarke

Call: 2005
Senior (10+ yrs call)

"He gives clear advice, which makes him easy to work with."
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Ian specialises in claims against public bodies, in particular, local authorities, nhs trusts and the police. His experience spans claims relating to the human rights act, education law, equality claims, sexual abuse, stress and bullying, property damage and litigation involving allegations of data breaches, the misuse of private information and defamation.

Ian is recognised as a leading junior in the field of police law and has represented many forces in claims of assault, wrongful arrest and false imprisonment and defamation and also in judicial review proceedings.

Ian for many years was a prosecutor for the Bar Standards Board and has appeared before a variety of regulatory tribunals.

Ian also represents Claimants and Defendants in professional indemnity cases and claims for clinical negligence.
Recent cases
MS v Nottingham City Council (2019): Successful defence of a claim for defamation, misuse of private information and negligent misstatement relating to the provision of an employment reference and a disclosure to the DBS.

Clarke v Nottingham City Council (2019): Successfully defended a personal injury claim involving novel and important arguments about the rescuer principle.

X v A County Council (2019) Complicated stress and bullying claim with difficult issues of causation

McCllelland v The Chief Constable of Sussex (wasted costs)(2019): Successful application seeking costs directly from the Claimant’s solicitors.

McCllelland v The Chief Constable of Sussex: Successful defence of a high court claim for assault and breach of the HRA following the Claimant having been tasered by the Defendant’s officers.

Obtained summary judgment in a complex Equality act claim and fee dispute relating to a leading English public school.

An Officer v British Transport Police: Represented the BTP in a data protection act claim relating to the processing of disciplinary complaints.

Brighthouse v Tazegul [2016] EWHC 2277(QB): Successfully representing the Defendant in an application seeking to set aside a judgment obtained by fraud.

Sultan v The Bar Standards Board LTL 8/11/2013: acted for the BSB in a claim concerning a working barrister's failure to obtain his practising certificate.  The failure constituted professional misconduct; the fact that he eventually paid the fee and received the certificate seven months late did not allow him to backdate its validity.

Travel law: various claims involving serious accidents abroad, with particular focus on sports accidents

Professional Indemnity: Represented claimants and defendants in claims against solicitors, trade unions, and surveyors.
Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 Rankings
Legal 500 2022

Police - Leading Junior - Tier 3 - ‘A specialist in defending claims against public bodies, in particular, local authorities, NHS trusts and the police. 

London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association

Personal Injury Bar Association

Professional Negligence Bar Association

Administrative Law Bar Association

MA (Oxon)

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