Ian is a barrister in full-time practice in Australia since 1988, specialising at both trial and appellate level in administrative law, medico-legal cases and criminal law.
Interweaved amongst his practice at the Bar, Ian has held positions on Victoria’s Medical Practitioners Board, Psychologists Registration Board and Mental Health Review Board. Between 1989 and 1993 he was a member of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal.
Ian is an Honorary Professor of Law, Psychological Medicine and Forensic Medicine at Monash University, an Adjunct Professor of Law at La Trobe University, and a Fellow in the Criminology Department at the University of Melbourne. He is the Australasian Vice-President of the International Academy of Forensic Studies, a Board Member of the Public Health Law Centre, a Board Member of the Australian Institute of Health, Law and Ethics and was the President of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law between 1991 and 1997, having been made a life member of the Association in 1997.
He is the founding editor of the Journal of Law and Medicine and is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Psychiatry, Psychology and Law. Ian is the author and editor of some 30 books on medical law, mental health law, therapeutic jurisprudence, criminal injuries compensation, coronial law, policing, criminal law, expert evidence, and on causation.