Ian Shiels

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1986 - Leeds University, BA (Hons) English Literature (First)

1991 - City University, London, Diploma in Law (commendation)

1990 - Read for DPhil in linguistics, Oxford University & University of Iceland


1992 - Pupil at 1 Crown Office Row, chambers of Robert Seabrook QC

1994 - Tenant at 32 Park Square, chamber of John Mellor (later 30 Park Square & Sovereign Chambers)

2015 - Sovereign Chambers becomes Park Square Barristers


2002-03 - North Eastern Circuit's Junior

2003-9 - North Eastern Circuit's Master of Revels


1994 - North Eastern Circuit Family Law Bar Association






Ian is currently not available to receive instructions

Ian Shiels has 22 years’ experience in the law relating to children, ranging from neonates to teenagers, and especially in public law.

This includes cases, many of them very serious, involving harm through neglect (emotional and developmental), physical abuse (including fractures, brain injury through shaking, and fabricated or induced illness [FII]), and sexual abuse (including multi-generational and historic abuse). His work also involves parenting issues such as domestic violence; learning disability; mental illness; and the abuse of drugs and alcohol.

He represents local authorities, parents, grandparents and other relatives, children (by their guardians) and the Official Solicitor, as well as clients with disabilities, learning difficulties and other special needs. Ian appears in the Family Proceedings Court, County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal.

Whoever instructs Ian gets the most meticulous preparation and his undivided attention. His forceful cross-examination style makes Gerrie Nel look like Graham Norton.

“I’d rather use him than any silk”
— well-known Leeds family solicitor

Contact Ian’s clerks

Claudine Cooper on 0113 202 8604

Paul Foster on 0113 213 5209

Arnela Siranovic on 0113 213 5212