Ian Denham is a personal injury practitioner with a particular expertise in matters involving serious and catastrophic injuries, wrongful deaths and accidents abroad. He has a particular interest in case with an international element, including claims raising conflicts of law and jurisdictional issues.

Ian grew up in Kent and read law at St Hugh’s College, Oxford. He undertook pupillage on the Northern Circuit, where he continued to practice until 2018 when he joined Outer Temple.

Ian prides himself on providing a friendly service and looks to provide creative, practical and commercial advice to his clients.

Expertise

Ian is a leading junior in the field of cross-border personal injury law. He has a wealth of experience and knowledge in dealing with complex jurisdictional and applicable law issues.

His cross-border practice covers advising on matters involving jurisdiction, applicable law, direct rights of action against insurers, claims against the MIB, accidents in the air and on sea, and claims involving a cross-border employment aspect. Ian regularly advising on the implications of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union on cross-border tort matters.

Ian has considerable expertise in regard to advising upon claims involving the Package Travel etc Regulations 1992 and the 2018 Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 and in particular as to disputes arising from the relevant local standards.

Beyond his advisory work, Ian is an accomplished advocate and is regularly instructed to act for both claimants and defendants at trial and contested hearings. Ian has been the longstanding counsel of choice for a number of major tour operators.

Ian is a member of the Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers and the secretary of the RTA & Whiplash EEG. He is also regularly invited to lecture on aspects of travel law both at home and aboard.

He is adept at working with foreign law and local standards experts and has a strong understanding of key aspects of many European laws concerning liability and quantum.

In 2020, Ian launched ‘Travel Talks’ vlog series, where legal partners from across Europe and the UK participated in discussions concerning cross-border issues.

Ian is the author of the chapter on Package Travel in the leading textbook, the APIL Guide to Accidents Abroad

Notable Travel Law cases


PQR v Generali Assurances (QBD, 2020)

Acted for a French insurer following a claim brought by a brain injured claimant following a motor accident in France. The claim involved complex issues concerning the impact of benefits under French law. Case settled and approved (by Jay J) for £10.5 million (including costs) Led by Sarah Crowther QC.

Otley v Línea Directa (QBD, 2020)

Acted for a Spanish insurer following a near fatal motor accident in which the claimant sustained catastrophic injuries. Claimed settled in excess of €500,000.

Dawes v DNB and others [2018] 12 WLUK 791

Instructed to act for the claimant who suffered noise induced hearing loss whilst operating helicopters in Norway. Claim pursued under Norwegian law against the employer’s liability insurers. The only known reported case confirming that the Odenbreit principle can be used under the Lugano Convention.

J v B (QBD, ongoing)

Catastrophic spinal injury case following a motorcycle accident in Scotland. Scots law applies. Led By Gerard McDermott QC.

L v D (QBD, ongoing)

Acting for C who suffered a catastrophic head injury after being struck by a motorcycle in Gibraltar. Liability, quantum and applicable law all in issue. Led by Eliot Woold QC.

D and another v M and others (QBD ongoing)

Instructed by a Spanish insurer of a night club in respect of claims brought following the collapse of the floor of the premises. The claimants seek to recover considerable damages under Spanish law.

W v D (QBD, ongoing)

Acting for a claimant who suffered a serious spinal injury following an accident in Spain. Initial issues regarding applicable law resolved in Claimant’s favour. English law now applies.

Turner and 7 others v Thomas Cook (Birmingham County Court, 2018)

Acted for Thomas Cook in a multi-party gastric illness. The claim was contested on all grounds, including breach of duty, credibility and causation. The trial lasted some 3 weeks and involved cross-examination lay witnesses and expert witnesses in the fields of gastroenterology, microbiology and food hygiene.

Cannon v Thomas Cook (Liverpool County Court, 2018)

Acted for a tour operator in a gastric illness claim where the medical expert was married to a director of the claimant firm of solicitors. The case concerned admissibility of expert evidence and received national press coverage.

Ian is an experience personal injury junior in personal injury law with particular expertise in acting and advising in serious and catastrophic injury claims and those with an international element.

He has extensive experience in spinal and brain injuries claims with complex future care and accommodation requirements.

Further, he has considerable experience in dealing with complex fatal accidents claims especially where there are family dependants across multiple households.

Beyond his advisory work, Ian is an accomplished advocate and is regularly instructed to act for both claimants and defendants at trial and contested hearings. Ian has been the longstanding counsel of choice for a number of major tour operators.

Ian is a member of PEOPIL and PIBA.

Notable Personal Injury cases


PQR v Generali Assurances (QBD, 2020)

Acted for a French insurer following a claim brought by a brain injured claimant following a motor accident in France. The claim involved complex issues concerning the impact of benefits under French law. Case settled and approved (by Jay J) for £10.5 million (including costs) Led by Sarah Crowther QC.

J v B (QBD, ongoing)

Catastrophic spinal injury case following a motorcycle accident in Scotland. Scots law applies. Led By Gerard McDermott QC.

L v D (QBD, ongoing)

Acting for C who suffered a catastrophic head injury after being struck by a motorcycle in Gibraltar. Liability, quantum and applicable law all in issue. Led by Eliot Woold QC.

W v D (QBD, ongoing)

Acting for a claimant who suffered a serious spinal injury following an accident in Spain. Initial issues regarding applicable law resolved in Claimant’s favour. English law now applies.

P v P (Brighton County Court, ongoing)

Acting for a motor insurer in a road traffic claim. The claimant sustained a mild traumatic brain injury, post-concussion syndrome, spinal injury, pelvic facture as well as chronic neuropathic pain and potential complications with childbearing. A significant future loss claim is complicated by the claimant’s domicile in Australia that raises issues as to the applicability of the Ogden tables and the applicable discount rate.

Buckingham v Mills (QBD, 2016)

Acted for a claimant who suffered catastrophic injuries following an RTA in Switzerland. Led by Gerard McDermott QC. Settled for £1.6 million.

Since joining Outer Temple in 2018, Ian have expanded his practice into clinical negligence claims.

Notable Clinical Negligence cases


Acting for a Claimant who suffered total blindness in one eye following sclerotherapy of a vein on her forehead.

Acting for a Claimant in respect of a delayed diagnosis of appendicitis.

Acting for a Claimant in respect of delayed post-mastectomy reconstruction.

Acting for a Claimant in respect of cholecystitis that cause a perforated gangrenous gallbladder.

Acting for a Claimant who suffered blindness following negligent corrected surgery.

Acting for a private care provider following allegations of assault by a nurse.

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"Even in the most complex of situations, Ian has a knack for establishing where and what the bottom line is, allowing a client to make the best informed decision possible."

Personal injury, Legal 500 2022

"Very knowledgeable in cross-border disputes including jurisdictional issues."

Travel Law, Legal 500 2022

"What Ian Denham doesn't know about international law is not worth knowing, the man is a genius! I cannot recommend Ian and Outer Temple Chambers highly enough."

Patricia Ling, Garden House Solicitors

"He always provides clear and in-depth advice, and has great attention to detail." "He is very persuasive and calm in court, and always very well prepared."

Travel, Chambers and Partners 2021

"Involved in some of the leading cases in travel law and has an extensive knowledge of the law."

Travel, Legal 500 2021

"His technical knowledge and expertise are invaluable to every case, especially in disputes concerning jurisdiction and applicable law."

Travel, Chambers and Partners 2020

"He is easy to deal with, very approachable and analytical. He's also always very well prepared."

Travel, Chambers and Partners 2020

"Quick thinking and good on his feet."

Travel, Legal 500 2020

"His advice is pragmatic, accessible and timely."

Personal Injury, Legal 500 2019

"His in-depth knowledge provides creative solutions to difficult cases."

Legal 500, 2017

"A knowledgeable practitioner in the field of international cross-border claims."

Legal 500, 2016

To find out more, contact Paul Barton on +44 (0)207 427 4907 or Mark Gardner on +44 (0)20 7427 4909 for a confidential discussion.

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  • APIL Guide to Accidents Aboard (2nd Edition). Chapter 3, Package Travel.

  • MA (Oxon), St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford

 

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