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Ian Denham

Ian Denham

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Ian Denham is a personal injury practitioner with a particular expertise in cross-border claims, claims with features of fraud, dishonesty and exaggeration and wrongful death claims.

His cross-border practice covers advising on jurisdiction, applicable law, direct rights of action against insurers, claims against the MIB, holiday claims including claims under the Package Travel Regulations covering local standards, accidents in the air and on sea, and claims involving a cross-border employment aspect.

He regularly advises European insurers on cross-border issues. He also acts for tour operators in defending suspected fraudulent holiday claims.

Ian lectures extensively on cross-border personal injury law topics both domestically and abroad, such as at PEOPIL Conferences in Greece, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands and Spain and APIL Travel Law Conferences.

Personal Injury


Dawes v Tryg Forsikring and other (QBD)

Hearing loss claim against Norwegian occupational health insurers under Norwegian law. A preliminary issue concerned whether a claim can be pursued in the English Courts under the Lugano Convention.

McGee v Reale Seguros Generales (QBD)

Acted for a Spanish insurer in a claim brought by the dependants of the deceased who died following a RTA in Spain. The matter involved complex issues of pecuniary loss under the Spanish Baremo.

McLean v Thomas Cook (Worcester County Court)

Acted for tour operator in a holiday sickness claim. The claim was successfully defended and the claimant found to be fundamentally dishonest. The case received considerable national press coverage. Reported on Lawtel.

Cannon v Thomas Cook (Liverpool County Court)

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.

Cornthwaite v Hotelplan Ltd and Mutuelle des Transports (QBD)

Acted for a number of claimants seriously injured in a coach crash in France. Liability and quantum remained in issue. Actions pursued against the tour operator and insurer of coach operator.

Heywood v Dalinger (QBD)

Fatal accident claim pleaded at over £2 million. Led by Nicholas Hinchliffe QC.

East v FOCSA (Leicester County Court)

Serious injury claim, where the claimant, a livestock farmer, suffered severe multi-fragmentary posterior column fracture right acetabulum and right sciatic nerve injury with palsy. His ability to work and care for himself was severely compromised. Settled at £770,000.

Buckingham v Mills (QBD)

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

Inquest into the death of Paul McGuigan (Stockport)

Inquest concerning the death of a private security contractor, who was shot dead by a colleague whilst working in Iraq. The inquest focused on the role of mental health teams, police, probation and the private security industry. The inquest received considerable national and international press coverage.


Appointments & Memberships

  • Middle Temple
  • Northern Circuit
  • European Circuit of the Bar
  • Personal Injury Bar Association (PIBA)
  • Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers (PEOPIL)


  • MA (Oxon), St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford
  • Secretary to the PEOPIL RTA & Whiplash European Exchange Group
  • Legal Professional Advisory Panel Member, Edge Hill University Department of Law and Criminology

Ian Denham is regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. If you are not satisfied with the service provided, please click here.

Areas of Law


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

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