Ian is a Partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department at LK Shields.

He has wide-ranging experience in handling disputes on behalf of domestic and international clients relating to general corporate, construction and engineering and financial services matters. He has acted in numerous large-scale and high-profile cases before both the Irish and English courts, having practised in London for almost a decade before re-joining LK Shields. 

Ian also advises clients in mediation, adjudication and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. He is a strong advocate of these, often more business-friendly, means of disposing of disputes.

He has extensive experience in advising insurers on multiparty disputes and complex policy coverage issues. Professional indemnity and product liability claims in the construction sector are a particular specialism.

Ian is member of the Commercial Litigation Association of Ireland, the Society of Construction Law and the British Insurance Law Association.

Experience

  • Managing the defences of hundreds of product liability claims in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
  • Defending architects, engineers and numerous other professionals in negligence disputes and regulatory proceedings.
  • Advising on business interruption insurance coverage disputes arising from Covid-19.
  • Acting in the prosecution and defence of construction claims including via adjudication.
  • Advising unsuccessful bidders in procurement challenges.
  • Advising an international financial services provider in respect of proceedings against it in various jurisdictions.
  • Prosecuting recovery actions on behalf of lenders.

Reported cases

  • Commercial Management (Investments) Limited v Mitchell Design & Construct Limited [2016] EWHC 76 (TCC), a seminal English High Court case clarifying the terms and use of limitation clauses in construction contracts.
  • BDW Trading Limited v Integral Geotechnique (Wales) Limited [2018] EWHC 1915 (TCC), a widely reported English High Court case concerning the scope of a professional’s duty of care to third parties.

Contact Ian

+353 1 6385823
ilavelle@lkshields.ie

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Legal 500 2020
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Legal 500 2019
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  • Admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales
    Law Society of England and Wales
    2010
  • Admitted as a Solicitor in Ireland
    Law Society of Ireland
    2008
  • Diploma in Commercial Property
    Law Society of Ireland
    2007
  • Bachelor of Civil Law (International) Degree
    UCD
    2004

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