What sets Ian apart?

Ian is the Chair of the firm. He has first-hand commercial experience of the management of a fast-growing business which allows him practically gained insight and empathy into the opportunities and challenges facing his clients. He has been a business owner himself since the age of 27.

Ian has deep experience in working with ambitious owner managed businesses, their owners and their wider family groups in defining and helping them to achieve their long-term goals.

Ian is well known for the strength of his long-standing working relationships with his clients, both commercial and high net worth individuals.

His clients and contacts benefit from his extensive network and the power of his almost legendary “black book”.

Ian has a particular interest in the dynamics of developing and managing people and uses his skills and experience in this area both internally and with clients.

He has a number of outside appointments and is currently a University Governor and a Trustee of 4 charities. Ian has acted as a Non-Executive Chairman in a variety of businesses including a brewery and a specialist security training company.
 

Ian's service expertise

Corporate and Business Services
  • Advising clients on their business objectives, highlighting opportunities for growth
  • Advising clients on long term strategic planning for exit or succession including development of incentive schemes for key employees and facilitating discussions with employees and family owners
     
Tax
  • Advising clients on their wealth and future succession plans, covering generational planning and minimising liabilities to capital taxes including Inheritance Tax

Ian's sector expertise

Leisure and Tourism
  • Advising professional sports clubs and teams on their accounting and taxation requirements and advising on their internal management and Corporate Governance
Charities
  • An experienced Governor of Educational establishments and Trustee of Charitable organisations

Ian is a highly respected, well liked and passionate leader of Bishop Fleming. It is easy to understand why this is the case. Having in the past spent time with a few of his high profile/world renowned clients and of late as Chairman of Worcestershire County Cricket Club, it is clear they understandably hold him in very high regard for his measured, skillful and tactful advice. I know he would never shy from giving objective, value added advice that would help any company consolidate, grow or even survive. I would have no hesitation asking Ian and his colleagues for advice when the need arises.

Fanos Hira FCA Chairman of Worcestershire County Cricket Club and formerly Senior Managing Director & Head of European Telecom Equity Research at Bear Stearns (now JP Morgan)

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