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Ian Wright

Call 1989

"Very knowledgeable, responsive and expresses himself well."
(Legal 500 2014)

Criminal Regulatory & Environmental

Selected Cases

  • Temporary works failure in tunnel resulted in fatal accident. Instructed on behalf of insurers for consulting engineers to advise on liability and quantum.
  • Inquest (with HMRI sitting as adviser to Coroner): Counsel for train operator following death of guard after collision of trains. Dispute between operator and track provider concerning communications network and operating procedures following privatisation of the railways.
  • Advice to various insurance companies following accidents on sites.
  • Arbitration proceedings involving contractor specialising in the clearance and treatment of contaminated land and landfill sites. Dispute concerned the clearance of the site of a former gas works in accordance with the recommendations of ICRCL 59/83, and a section 106 agreement under T&CPA 1990. (Settled before hearing)
  • Claims by opencast mining contractor over water treatment prior to discharge to river system.
  • Advised Housing Association on amendments to standard form contracts for use on contacts for remediation of contaminated sites.
  • Defence counsel in trial of contractor over contamination of adjoining land by escape of petroleum products.
  • Advised and settled defence in claim arising out of oil pollution of river following leakage from oil storage tank.
  • Appeal (5 days) by architect / developer concerning various notices for work under the Building Regulations.
  • Advising and appearing for railway infrastructure owner in various prosecutions brought against by Health & Safety Executive under Health & Safety at Work legislation.
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  • DIC, Imperial College, University of London (1975)
  • MSc, Imperial College, University of London (1975)
  • BSc (Hons), University of Manchester (1969)


  • Institution of Civil Engineers
  • Institution of Structural Engineers


“Very knowledgeable, responsive and expresses himself well.”

Legal 500 2014

“Impressive in dealing with tricky problems in a calm, measured and most helpful way.”

Legal 500 2014

“A great guy whose mastery of detail reflects his engineering background.”

Legal 500 2013

“An excellent strategist.”

Legal 500 2012

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