Since 1977, Ian's practice has concentrated on provincial, regional, and municipal development approvals for private interest, NGO's and public sector entities. His practice in administrative and public law includes counsel to development companies, municipalities, university and hospital corporations, foundation, recreation, ratepayer, and disciplinary boards and tribunals. His specialties include planning applications, expropriations, local government law, municipal and hospital redevelopment and restructuring, court and tribunal work, and complex public-private partnership project approvals. Ian has been counsel to several municipalities and boards.
In 2014 Ian restricted his practice to conducting mediation in administrative law, specifically, municipal and land-use planning dispute resolution and adjunct fields.
Ian specializes in complex leading edge property development disputes. His counsel includes complex P3 assembly and development projects and all manner of site specific project approvals. He has defended and projected municipal public sector objectives. Equally, he has been a leading practitioner in scoping court and tribunal attitudes to the use of interim control by-laws and compelling the issuance of building permits and planning permissions or entitlements. He is a leading practitioner in specialized areas relating to the use and application of provincial policy, heritage designations, community improvement plans, complex development approvals, planning advocacy, expropriation and development charges.
He is a practitioner, lecturer, counsel, editor and author.