Ian Christian



I am a Partner specialising in medical negligence. I joined Irwin Mitchell in 2003, became an Associate in 2005 and a Partner in 2009.

My expertise lies in cerebral and Erb’s palsy injury claims, as well as still birth and wrongful birth cases. I also have significant expertise in neonatal claims, including hypoglycaemia; hyperbilirubinaemia and retinopathy of prematurity cases.

I have also conducted a number of high profile multiparty actions and represented two families whose cases were considered in the Health Care Commission’s 2006 report into maternal deaths at Northwick Park Hospital.

Following the outbreak of endocarditis at the Trent Cardiac Centre in 2009, I represented nine families at the inquests and with the civil claims thereafter. In November 2014, I concluded the civil claims arising from the deaths of residents at the Orchid View Care Home run by Southern Cross; having previously conducted the eight week inquest and continue to campaign for a public inquiry.

I advised the Care Quality Commission on the content of the Care Act 2014 and I have since become an invitee to Public Policy events associated with improving care in the social and healthcare arena.

My sub-specialism lies in sporting injuries arising from substandard treatment provided by medical staff. I currently represent two professional rugby players in these cases and am a panel member for the Rugby Players Association. I also advised the Rugby Players Association on the concussion protocol which was implemented by the RFU at the start of the 2014/15 season.

Read 'Concussion: An Issue Of Negligence In Sport' (PDF)


"A robust and very experienced man with fine judgement." - Chambers & Partners 2017

Ian Christian is described by sources as a “very good litigator” who “is building up quite a reputation for himself.” - Chambers & Partners 2016

Ian Christian is singled out by sources as a "very bright, very committed and very personable" lawyer, who excels in substantial litigation.- Chambers & Partners 2015

He is "clear-thinking, with sound legal experience and vision." - Legal 500 2014

"Bright, effective and ambitious", "very empathetic, measured and considered," and "negotiating skills and methods that are second to none." - Chambers & Partners 2013

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 07/12/2016
    Seven-Figure Settlement For 14-Year-Old Boy Who Suffered Brain Injury During Appendix Op

    “As a result of this terrible error, this boy, who as a young teenager should be finding his independence, instead needs the support of doctors, pharmacists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, carers, educational services, a professional deputy and much more. “The last five years have been incredibly difficult for the family who have cared for their son with limited support. We hope that this settlement will enable them to now look forward and make plans for the future and hope that our young client will now be able to access the services that he needs to live a full and happy life. “It is encouraging the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust conducted their own investigations and were able to make an early admission of fault. It is our hope that they and other NHS Trusts will continue to learn from the mistakes made and ensure that their practices are improved in the hope that no other family will have to endure what this family has been through.”

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  • 17/08/2016
    Brighton NHS Trust Placed In Special Measures

    “It is imperative that Brighton NHS Trust continue to take the findings of the CQC seriously and take swift action to make the necessary improvements which could potentially save lives. “We see the impact these kind of failings can have on patients and their families and it is vital that patient safety is the number one priority. The trust also needs to address the long-standing issues surrounding its people policies and implement an immediate programme of change to improve the culture of the organisation and the service to its patients.”

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  • 12/05/2016
    The Concussion Discussion

    “The last twelve months have felt like a watershed moment for concussion in sport with the authorities and associations, coaches, players and the media collectively giving the problem the coverage and consideration it deserves. “For years it seemed to be a word that dare not be spoken in the professional game, as if mentioning it would somehow take away the aggression and physicality that sport demands at the highest level. “The first battle was for leading figures to recognise the short and long term effects of concussion in sport and help educate everyone firstly on prevention and secondly on prioritising safety. “Now we need to learn from the lessons sport has given us and commit to new research to understand more about concussions, when and why they occur and what further changes can be brought in to ensure the care free attitude is consigned to yesteryear and anything that’s introduced makes a positive difference to player safety.”

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  • 24/11/2015
    The Football Association Issue Concussion Guidelines

    “The new guidelines from the FA are very welcome and finally provide clear guidance on dealing with concussion which is in keeping with what we have been requesting. “There was much attention on how concussions would be managed during the Rugby World Cup and whilst there is still a long way to go World Rugby has drafted and enforced policies which have led to a cultural shift in the attitude towards concussion. It is important that the FA continue with their progress in confronting concussion which clearly remains a serious issue. “Too often we have seen players who have suffered a serious head injury continue to play on. This is dangerous and could easily lead to a serious injury for the player or an opponent. “The long term consequences remain under investigation but there must be a better understanding of problems arising later in life. “These new guidelines go some way towards immediate concussion management but the FA must commit the time and money needed to ensure these rules are being applied up and down the country. “Professional clubs must set the right example to grassroots players and take absolutely no risks with any of their players. Regardless of the level of the game, if someone has suffered concussion they must rest and ensure they’re completely recovered before competing again. “There has been an undoubted sea change in the attitude towards management and treatment of concussion across many sports. However, it is imperative that the work currently being undertaken in researching the long term impacts of concussion assists the governing bodies in preserving the sports that are enjoyed by so many and in doing so the players are protected from long term injuries.”

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