Ian Clarke

Call: 2005
Senior (10+ yrs call)

"He gives clear advice, which makes him easy to work with."
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Expertise
Ian Clarke has specialist expertise in handling data protection claims within the policing space.” Legal 500 2022

A specialist in defending claims against public bodies, in particular, local authorities, NHS trusts and the police.” Legal 500 2022

His experience spans claims relating to the human rights act, education law, equality claims, historic sexual abuse, stress and bullying, property damage and litigation involving allegations of data breaches, the misuse of private information/breach of confidence 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 also had significant experience of dealing with claims under data protection legislation, misuse of private information and breach of confidence for police forces.

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. Ian has particular experience acting in professional negligence claims, brought against solicitors, insurance brokers, surveyors and valuers.
Recent cases
O’Connor v Luton BC [2021] EWHC 1691 (QB): Successful defence of a significant claim brought pursuant to s.41 of the Highways Act 1980.

A Claimant v Sodexo (2021): Acting for the Defendant in a claim concerning vicarious liability in a workplace sexual abuse case.

Thompson v Peterlee Town Council (2021): Representing the defendant local authority in a complex data protection claim.

Sarkar and others v London Borough of Newham (2021) Representing the defendant in a data breach claim relating to the security of social services records.

MS v A local authority (2021).  Acting for the local authority in a sensitive claim concerning the disclosure of the address of a victim of domestic violence.

Greenwood v Ealing and others (2021) Ian is representing a local authority in a complicated claim following the claimant’s assault at the hands of a child for whom the local authority provided care and support.  Important and complicated issues related to whether the defendant owed a duty of care.

Smith v The Chief Constable of Northumbria (2020): Acting for the Defendant in a data breach claim which raised question of vicarious liability in the context of GDPR/DPA claims

Kell v The Chief Constable of Northumbria (2020): Defence of a claim that PTSD was caused by the loss of a taped interview.

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

“A specialist in defending claims against public bodies, in particular, local authorities, NHS trusts and the police.”

“Ian Clarke has specialist expertise in handling data protection claims within the policing space.”

“He gives clear advice, which makes him easy to work with”

“very adept at picking up the detail of document-heavy matters very quickly”

“personable and dependable”

“An accessible and level-headed junior”.
Memberships

  • London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association

  • Personal Injury Bar Association

  • Professional Negligence Bar Association

  • Administrative Law Bar Association

Education
MA (Oxon)
Rankings

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