Ian Simpson (1997)

Ian Simpson (1997)

Membership Status: Barrister - Full Member Qualified in 1997


General Information

Ian Simpson acts for claimants and defendants; his current practice and profile has its roots in advising insurance companies on defendant personal injury cases, with a primary focus on:

  • Road traffic collision litigation
  • Credit hire litigation (for defendants only)
  • Fatal accident and other high value actions
  • Employer’s liability and workplace cases
  • Contractual, indemnity and debt recovery aspects of insurance law
  • Insolvency
  • Costs matters (generally but with a focus on acting for paying parties in clinical negligence claims and as to the indemnity principle for in-house lawyers)

Ian’s approach is founded on giving sound commercial, pragmatic and practical advice with the view that his previous career helps him readily assess risk and give that sort of advice.

His personal injury practice includes significant experience in the areas of fraud or quasi-fraud, of the work required that underpins the allegations involved and the seriousness of their implications, whether as a claimant in a case where fraud is alleged or as a defendant.  There is often some overlap with that area and his defendant-only credit hire practice, which pre-dates the Court of Appeal judgment in Dimond v Lovell,.  Ian’s costs practice allows him to provide a ‘cradle to grave’ service to those instructing him, whether for a claimant or a defendant.  In addition, Ian practises in general commercial law and insolvency.


Ian’s exposure to the consumer credit litigation aspects of credit hire matters has led to being instructed in more general consumer credit work and he has also been instructed in cases concerning classic cars because of his interest in older cars.  Ian is a member of P.I.B.A..


Personal information


Before coming to the Bar, Ian worked in the City as a debt and derivatives trader at investment banks from 1979 and was a junior director of a leading Swiss investment bank, running one of its London trading desks from 1988 to 1991.  On deciding to study law, Ian combined working in the financial markets with part-time LL.B. studies as an external student from 1991-96 and a young family.


Ian has  2 children (both at university) and lives in London.  A former rugby player (and still a long-suffering member of Blackheath) and middle-distance runner, Ian speaks French, some German and Italian and is interested in older and classic cars and modern design.


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