Ian is a Partner in our London office and has worked in immigration since 2002.

Ian runs a large team of solicitors and other experts who can help you move people to the UK, through the Points Based System. The team is there to make the complexities of immigration feel simple and give you more time to do your job, whether you are the HR generalist or business leader of a smaller employer or a mobility expert in a larger corporation. He also manages our client service manager function in EMEA, an excellent team that ensures consistency, efficiency and a great employee experience across regional and global accounts.

Ian is on the Board of RAMP, an advisory board member of Justice Together and a trustee with Flex. He is also on the UK Board of Talent Beyond Boundaries and can help employers who would like to look for skilled workers among the 20,000+ people in their talent catalogue of forcibly displaced people and refugees. Students, social mobility oranisations and others can also speak to Ian about our Immigration School, an initiative we created to help young people learn about jobs in law and immigration plus politics, government and journalism along with other connected roles.

Ian is often found on TV and radio plus print and online media, talking about UK immigration. He has also been fortunate to be called to Parliament to give evidence to several Select Committees, the 2020 Immigration Bill Committee and other events. His published work includes an analysis of the labour market and immigration after Brexit, how business can better argue for a flexible immigration system, the scope for a regional migration in Scotland and various practical guides to UK immigration from Fragomen, CIPD and others.

Ian joined the firm in 2011 from the Home Office, where he had variously worked or led on aspects of family, enforcement and economic migration policy and strategy. His professional schooling in policy, rather than as a solicitor, brings a helpfully different perspective to the firm for our people and our clients.

Education


University of Central England | Bachelor of Law, 2000, with Honors 

Awards

Listed in Who's Who Legal: Corporate Immigration, Future Leader, 2021

Listed in Who's Who Legal: Corporate Immigration, 2019

Professional Accomplishments / Memberships

Memberships

Ian is a member of the Advisory Board to Our Global Future, the UK think Tank.

Publications and Lectures

Speaker, “Changing Landscape of Global Immigration.” Presentation, Fragomen India Conference, 20 September, 2016.

Author, “An Australian-Style Points-Based System? If It Isn’t The Answer, We Need To Know What Is - And Soon”, Huffington Post, 8 September 2016, online.

Author, “What are other companies doing about Brexit?”, Fragomen blog, 1 September 2016, online.

Author, “Let’s face facts: The public has no confidence in the immigration system”, City A.M., 12 August 2016, online.

Speaker, “Introduction to UK immigration and Tax.” Seminar, Grant Thornton and Fragomen Networking event, 11 August, 2016.

Speaker, “Learn more about the UK’s immigration system, or want to move to the US?.” Presentation, Tech City UK Immigration Surgery, 27 July, 2016.

Author, “Don’t panic – Brexit and immigration”, Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE), 26 July 2016, online.

Speaker, “Global Mobility and Brexit: What Does the Future Hold?.” Seminar, Tech Nation Visa Scheme Breakfast, 21 April, 2016.

Speaker, “Immigration policy - everything you need to know now and next.” Seminar, EEF and Fragomen immigration seminar, 20 April, 2016.

Author, “How can I get a Tech Nation Visa?”, Fragomen blog, 11 May 2016, online.

Author, “Immigration and the investment life cycle”, Fragomen blog, 27 April 2016, online.

Speaker, “Sweeping Changes on UK Immigration Policy to Impact Businesses.” Webinar, Fragomen Webinar, 5 April, 2016.

Author, “Sweeping changes to UK immigration”, Fragomen blog, 24 March 2016, online.

Author, “Fintech is coming”, Fragomen blog, 25 February 2016, online.

Speaker, “The MAC's review on Tier 2 - Steer your way through their complex changes.” Webinar, Fragomen Webinar, 4 February, 2016.

Author, “Cost of employing non-EU staff likely to rise for UK businesses”, CIPD, 25 January 2016, online.

Author, “Migration and the Veil of Ignorance”, Global Mobility Matters, 2016, online.

Speaker, “Fragomen Business Immigration Lecture.” Seminar, City University event, 6 November 2015.

Author, “Moves to reduce immigration will affect science and engineering”, Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE), 4 November 2015, online.

Quoted, “Exclusive: Proposed UK immigration policies will hurt tech sector”, Techworld, 3 July 2015, online.