Ian Carson

Head of Dispute Resolution

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Ian Carson is Head of Dispute Resolution at Harper James. He qualified as a solicitor in 1993 and has 30 years of experience in handling a broad range of commercial disputes.

Ian excels at explaining complex legal matters in a concise and comprehensible manner, ensuring clients fully understand their options and the potential outcomes. Ian is an exceptional communicator, able to bridge the gap between legal jargon and practical business considerations. His client-centric approach ensures that clients always feel informed, empowered, and confident in their decisions. Ian believes his pragmatic approach helps clients focus on and achieve their objectives:

It’s rewarding to find a solution to any commercial dispute which allows the client to move on and focus on what really matters to their business. To achieve this, I will give a frank assessment of any case which takes account of not just the legal issues but the wider commercial context of the dispute.

Ian has an impressive track record of dealing with all kinds of commercial disputes, including contractual disputes, shareholder disputes, professional negligence, insolvency disputes, and international disputes. His expertise extends across numerous industries, enabling him to provide tailored solutions to a diverse range of clients.

Thirty years of dispute resolution experience means that I’ve seen most contentious scenarios before which brings a commercial realism to my advice.

Outside of work Ian enjoys playing tennis, golf, going to the cinema, walking and cycling.

Ian shares more about his journey into law and proudest career moments in our Spotlight on a Solicitor series. Read the interview to hear about his life in law.


TESTIMONIALS

What our clients say

Knowing that we have Harper James to help us through complex situations and difficult negotiations is very reassuring. Sarah knows our business inside out and we can rely on her to provide clear and timely commercial advice. And on the odd occasion that we’ve needed help through a dispute, Ian Carson has always stepped in and dealt with the situation before it gets out of hand.
Nick Thompson CEO, One Beyond
I work principally with two of your solicitors, Sarah Gunton and Ian Carson, who are both exceptional in my view. They have been a huge help to us on many, many occasions... The quality of work is very high and there’s a real sense of humility from Sarah and Ian, they take ownership. I really value this.
Tom Davenport MD & Co-Founder, Alvius
I certainly appreciate the response from Ian Carson, always picks the phone up and prompt fast service. I would recommend to all friends and family and already have.
Mukesh Kanabar CEO and Founder, Printed4You Ltd
Knowing that we have Harper James to help us through complex situations and difficult negotiations is very reassuring. Sarah knows our business inside out and we can rely on her to provide clear and timely commercial advice. And on the odd occasion that we’ve needed help through a dispute, Ian Carson has always stepped in and dealt with the situation before it gets out of hand.
Nick Thompson CEO, One Beyond
I work principally with two of your solicitors, Sarah Gunton and Ian Carson, who are both exceptional in my view. They have been a huge help to us on many, many occasions... The quality of work is very high and there’s a real sense of humility from Sarah and Ian, they take ownership. I really value this.
Tom Davenport MD & Co-Founder, Alvius
I certainly appreciate the response from Ian Carson, always picks the phone up and prompt fast service. I would recommend to all friends and family and already have.
Mukesh Kanabar CEO and Founder, Printed4You Ltd


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