Virginia, US

Ian is a Partner in Fragomen's London office where he focuses on UK immigration. Ian has worked in immigration for 15 years, and has been with Fragomen since 2011. He manages a large team that supports businesses across a range of sectors, including IT, energy, professional services and London's burgeoning tech community.

Ian also manages Fragomen's UK Government Strategies Practice. He works with decision makers in and around government, helping key people understand how the immigration system can better support business. He also works with Fragomen's Strategic Migration Forum to ensure that messages to government are consistent and compelling.

Before joining Fragomen, Ian spent eight years at the Home Office working on contentious migration and criminal justice policies. In January 2009, Ian took responsibility for the development and oversight of the UK's economic migration policy. His last role as a civil servant saw him play a central role in the design and implementation of the UK's much debated policy placing a cap on economic migrants. Ian also fronted an extensive Government consultation on the cap and worked with experts to revamp the UK's high value migration routes in Tier 1 of the PBS.

Earlier in his career, Ian was a core member of policy teams that developed, legislated for and implemented policies to prevent sham marriages, deport foreign criminals and to incorporate civil partnerships into the UK immigration rules.


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


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

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.