Ivan Clarke

Barrister

Year of call 1973

Areas of practice Property and construction, Adjudication, Regulatory, Direct Access

Biography

Ivan is a senior property litigator and law lecturer whose depth of experience means that he is particularly well suited to dealing with complex property issues. He is a problem solver and offers practical advice to clients often faced with technical and unusual property law points. He is an experienced TECBAR adjudicator.

Ivan is known for his patient approach to clients and other members of the profession. He has chaired Chambers’ pupillage committee for many years, and is a natural educator, willing to share and discuss ideas, strategy and approach to cases. He is very approachable, and often to be found talking through particularly difficult legal issues with junior members.

Ivan has experience across the whole spectrum of property litigation and construction law and enjoys advising on the cross-over between the two. He is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Greenwich School of Architecture, Design and Construction and so has an in-depth knowledge of the law relating to architecture and construction which few can match.

He is ideally suited to advising architects and construction professionals, particularly if they are facing claims, and has experience of dealing with professional negligence and liability claims involving architects, surveyors, valuers and solicitors.

Ivan advises on cases which span  property and construction law areas, such as defective and dangerous premises, party walls, boundary disputes, rights of support and restrictive covenants.  He acts for employers, main contractors, sub-contractors and construction professionals in a variety of building claims relating to defective work, non-payment, delay and loss and expense involving the JCT and other standard forms of building contracts and is very familiar with those contracts.

Ivan also acts for landlords and tenants in cases relating to commercial and residential properties, including possession and forfeiture, break clauses and dilapidations. He has experience of harassment and unlawful eviction claims including a claim for harassment against a commercial landlord.

Ivan has experience of white collar crime and he recently led in a fraud prosecution involving over 10,000 documents and 101 witnesses.

Ivan is a qualified and experienced TECBAR Adjudicator whose careful and meticulous attention to detail makes him a great choice to determine property and construction disputes. Adjudication is a binding process which requires a decision within a short period of time and can therefore save costs and delay for both parties. Ivan is familiar with the requirements of the process, is able to move quickly and to make a reasoned decision bringing the dispute to an end.

Ivan is able to advise on planning matters, including breaches in the Magistrates Courts. 

He is also able to represent individuals facing professional misconduct cases.

To instruct Ivan please contact Greg Piner. 

Education

  • LL.B. (Hons) Nottingham University
  • TECBAR Adjudicator

Memberships

  • Professional Negligence Bar Association
  • Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Greenwich