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Ian is a Consultant in the Commercial Litigation Team and has a wide experience of civil disputes often with an international flavour, including financial services disputes, insurance claims, complex trust claims and professional negligence.


Ian has wide ranging experience in professional negligence disputes involving various professions and has handled several major claims arising out of fire losses involving complex insurance related issues and related professional negligence claims against insurance professionals and others.

He has been involved in numerous disputes for pension fund and charitable trustees and has acted for many private investors who have suffered financial losses as a consequence of poor investment management and fraud, including complaints to the Ombudsman, arbitrations and High Court litigation, often with an international element.

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  • "Ian Collinson is hailed by clients as ‘one of the best in the country. He is an incredibly talented lawyer who is always ahead of the game'."

    Chambers & Partners
  • "Ian Collinson is recognised as one of the top practitioners in the market, with clients praising his 'excellent grasp of the detail of the case as well as the big picture'."

    Chambers & Partners
  • "Ian Collinson enjoys a strong reputation in the North East, carrying out a range of heavyweight litigation including professional negligence and fire losses claims. Market observers attest to Collinson's 'fantastic experience and knowledge'."

    Chambers & Partners
  • "Ian Collinson has built a formidable reputation in the litigation market and is considered to be 'outstanding by anybody's standards.'. His recent experience includes handling a high-value investment dispute relating to allegations of fraud."

    Chambers & Partners
  • "The 'excellent' Ian Collinson is 'technically extremely good,' and 'a first-class lawyer' sources say."

    Chambers & Partners
  • "intelligent, understanding and responsive with a remarkable knack of getting to the heart of the matter quickly on complicated matters with commercially minded, practical advice”.

    Described in directories
  • "Simply excellent".

    Legal 500
  • "Exceptionally good at understanding and organising the financing of a case."

    Legal 500

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