About Me

Ian Graves is a specialist planning and environmental lawyer. He is an expert in the law relating to the historic environment.

Ian is a history graduate and has always had a passion for historic buildings and places. He gained significant experience of heritage issues early in his career. As a planning lawyer with Liverpool City Council he dealt with a diverse range of legal issues relating to Liverpool’s many listed buildings and its UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Since then, Ian has continued to act for clients in the public and private sector, advising on everything from listed building consent applications and appeals to certificates of lawfulness, listed building enforcement notices and prosecutions. He has particular expertise in enforcement matters, having prosecuted regulatory offences for a number of years both in local government and for the Environment Agency.

Ian conducts much of his own advocacy and holds the Higher Courts (Criminal Advocacy) qualification, which means he can  appear as an advocate in any court in criminal matters, as well as at planning appeals if necessary.

Ian aims to make this often complex area of the law accessible to clients and to deliver straightforward, practical advice. He wins praise from clients for his thorough and commercial approach.

Ian is currently a Legal Director at Shakespeare Martineau.