Ian McDonald > 4 New Square Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

4 New Square Chambers
4 New Square

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Barrister practising in commercial litigation, professional liability, public law and human rights, international arbitration, the conflict of laws, and civil fraud.


Ian joined 4 New Square in October 2018, following the successful completion of his pupillage, and is developing a broad commercial practice. He recently appeared in Ang v. Reliantco Investments Limited [2019] EWHC 879 (Comm), led by Matthew Bradley, involving a jurisdiction challenge under the recast Brussels I Regulation (in particular, the choice-of-court and consumer contract provisions). He regularly acts in claims against professionals including solicitors, barristers, and financial practitioners, and often appears in his own right in the County Court.

Prior to coming to the Bar Ian spent five years at Liberty, the human rights organisation, in senior media and campaigns roles. Accordingly, he has a strong interest in public law and human rights – and the rights to liberty and security and freedom of expression, in particular – and has recently been instructed as part of legal teams in applications to the European Court of Human Rights and petitions to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.

Ian has particular expertise, too, in the conflict of laws. He has worked as a teaching assistant on the Conflict of Laws module on the BCL at the University of Oxford, and has delivered tutorials in the same subject to visiting students at St Catherine’s College, Oxford. During pupillage, Ian also taught BPTC Commercial Dispute Resolution classes on jurisdiction and foreign judgments at BPP University, and won The Bar Council’s Law Reform Essay Competition for his paper “One rule for all: An end to the Abouloff double standard on fraud and foreign judgments”.


COMBAR; CFLA; Middle Temple (Cunningham Scholar).


Birkbeck, University of London (LLB, First Class Honours); Balliol College, University of Oxford (BCL, Distinction); BPP University (BPTC, VC).


Outside of work, Ian enjoys art, travelling, and the ups and downs of following England’s cricket and rugby union teams and the Cleveland Browns of the NFL.