Ian Herbert



Areas of Expertise



Ian joined Darwin Gray as a partner in 2009. He has over 25 years of experience in resolving disputes and is a trained mediator. Ian advises both large and small organisations on a wide range of commercial disputes and insolvency issues.





  • University College of Wales, Aberystwyth
  • Nottingham Law School

Ian started his legal career at Edwards Geldard Solicitors (now Geldards LLP) in 1988. In 1993, Ian joined Hugh James solicitors where he became a partner and head of the Commercial Litigation and Insolvency team.  

Ian joined Darwin Gray as a partner in May 2009.

Ian is vastly experienced in heavyweight litigation. He was the lead litigation partner representing various Lloyd’s underwriters in pursuing claims valued at over £60m against more than 600 firms of solicitors. This litigation was described in The Law Society Gazette at the time as “probably the biggest claim there has been against the legal profession”. An out of court settlement was reached with the majority of the defendants following six intensive days of mediation. As a trained mediator with over 20 years of experience, Ian advises both large and small organisations on a wide range of commercial disputes.

Ian has extensive experience in insolvency and dispute resolution. He acts for and against insolvency practitioners, and is frequently involved in cases concerning professional negligence, contractual disputes, claims against directors and former senior employees which generally involve allegations of breach of contract/duty, misuse of confidential information, breach of covenants, and applications for injunctive relief from the courts.

Ian also works with the Sport and Employment and HR teams, and his litigation and mediation experience is of great benefit to clients.

Personal Interests

Ian loves most sports, travel, and enjoys good food and wine when relaxing! He has run several marathons including London. He is a very keen cyclist and races for Cardiff Ajax CC. Ian enjoys watching football, and has coached junior and youth football, as well as officiating at swimming competitions.