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Ian CouplandDirector

Ian is a Director at Lewis Nedas Law, having previously been a Partner at two top-200 law firms.

He has over 30 years’ experience in dealing with all aspects of business and commercial law, employment, insolvency, litigation and regulatory law. He qualified in 1988.

Ian is well known for his litigation expertise, including heavyweight contractual and commercial disputes, frauds, partnership disputes, professional negligence claims, and property issues. He is a member of the Professional Negligence Lawyers’ Association.

Ian has acted for many national and international companies and financial institutions. He is well used to obtaining urgent injunctions, especially freezing orders, both in the UK and in other jurisdictions, and he is authorised to be a supervising solicitor for search and seizure orders. He issued the first action in the North East Mercantile Court relating to a multi-jurisdictional delivery of goods dispute.

Ian has lectured extensively on the subjects of business lease renewals, dilapidations, and remedies for tenant default, to fellow lawyers and surveyors on behalf of various organisations. He is a member of the Property Litigation Association.

Ian has an increasing regulatory practise. He is a member of the Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers. Published decisions include:

  • E Williams, S Williams, P Carter and D Maxwell. Law Soc Gazette 27.9.12. SDT.ARP non payment.
  • Harris and Co. Law Soc Gazette 4.1.13. SDT. Intervention.
  • Ramasamy Law Soc Gazette 11.3.16 High Court. Challenge to Intervention
  • Davies, Taman and Fraser-Macnamara Law Soc Gazette 22.12.16 SDT. Escrow account.

In addition, Ian set up and was in charge of the Debt Collection Teams at his previous firms.


Ian was born in Hull, as was his wife. He is an avid sports fan, still plays football, and he and his wife spend a lot of time following Hull City home and away (including Wembley!)

"Ian is an amazing individual who is always reliable, trustworthy and is very professional. I have no hesitation in recommending Ian as I believe whatever he undertakes he does with passion and integrity" Martin Port, Managing Director, BigChange Apps (& formerly Masternaut UK Limited)

"Ian is a top-notch commercial and property litigator. He always manages expectations and advises clearly and unambiguously from the outset of any matter, essential in commercial litigation where one has to determine whether the matter is 'worth' pursuing. He is one of a rare breed of truly 'commercially thinking' litigators and we would not want to go into any contentious matter without Ian on our team" Daniel Cohen, Managing Director and Head of Legal, Madison Hosiery Ltd

"Mr Coupland is, in my view, an outstanding solicitor. He has an excellent grasp of the areas of law in which he has instructed me, as I have discovered in discussing our cases together. Articulate and proactive, he has also an acute tactical awareness, and is always prepared to go the extra mile in advancing his clients' interests. He is tenacious in those interests, hard working and very efficient, whilst always prepared to consider resolution of disputes on his clients' behalf…" Victor Joffe Q.C. Temple Chambers, Hong Kong (& formerly Serle Court Chambers, London)

"I regard Mr Coupland very highly…Mr Coupland has the ability to take his clients with him…From the perspective of the Bar, Mr Coupland is a pleasure to work for…" Simon Myerson Q.C. Byrom Street Chambers, Manchester

"Ian is an excellent litigator. He has tremendous ability to master large data sets whilst keeping his eye on the ball. He is thorough, efficient, flexible and above all highly experienced in both civil and regulatory disputes" Jeremy Barnett, Head of Regulatory, St Pauls Chambers, Leeds

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