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Ian was the founding Principal of the firm in 2002 and remains Senior Partner of Pryers. He had worked at other firms and held Partnerships but his vision was to create his own firm that specialised in helping injured people and would inspire Solicitors to devote their time to the fight relentlessly for the rights of those injured through negligence.

Areas of Expertise

Ian has been acting for Claimants for over 25 years. He has worked for injured miners when acting for the NUM, for shipyard and carriage works men who contracted asbestos-related conditions, for those seriously injured through medical negligence and those with catastrophic injuries through work or road accidents.


After qualifying in 1989, Ian joined Watson Burton in Newcastle acting for miners and their families. The nature of mine work unfortunately led to severe injuries and death and Ian led a team in the weekly negotiations with British Coal’s Solicitors Nabarro Nathanson. Hundreds of cases were settled, involving millions of Pounds.

At 3 years qualified Ian secured a Partnership at George Mills Solicitors, a niche medical negligence and personal injury firm and headed their medical law department. A number of multi-million pound cases were settled involving brain damage and spinal injuries. Ian then moved for a Partnership at Langleys Solicitors in York to head up their Claimant department, before setting Pryers Solicitors up.


  • When he was involved more intimately with the work, Ian was a member of the Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury accreditation panels and a member of the AvMA referral panel.
  • He has been a member of APIL since 1994 and more recently a member of SCIL.


Outside of work Ian is an avid sports fan. He played semi-pro football in the Northern League until a snapped Achilles ended any chance of professional football! He still plays now even though he is the wrong side of 50. He loves watching his beloved Newcastle United FC, and Pryers Solicitors have a hospitality Box there. He also follows cricket and has been to Australia, Sri Lanka and the West Indies with the Barmy Army watching England play.

He also enjoys charitable work and is an Ambassador for the Archbishop of York Trust.

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