Ian qualified in 1981 and has worked in and for local government for over 35 years. He has been a chief officer in local government providing and managing a wide range of services including legal and has acted as Monitoring Officer and Electoral Returning Officer. Projects have included the large scale voluntary transfer of housing stock, rewriting the council’s constitution, design, build finance and operate schemes, outsourcing and insourcing of services and partnership schemes.
Ian has also worked in private practice providing a fee-based legal service for local authorities especially parish councils. These services cover advice on all aspects of local government law and practice, representation and transactions e.g. buying and selling land, contract formation and litigation.
He is an advisor to the Sussex and Surrey, Hampshire, Hertfordshire Northamptonshire and Kent Associations of Local Councils and the regional body, SERCAF, and lectures widely on local government matters. He is an acknowledged expert on the national stage.
Ian provides training services advising and supporting both district and parish councils and acts as the Local Council Support Officer for the Sussex Associations of Local Councils. He is also a contributor to the local government, open spaces, recreational leases and highways titles of the leading professional practitioner work The Encyclopedia of Forms and Precedents.