Ian Mendelsohn

Ian Mendelsohn

Senior Associate Manchester, United Kingdom

Ian is a Senior Associate at Kennedys having for a long period held the position of Legal Director at berg until it merged with Kennedys on 1st September 2017. Ian qualified in the England and Wales in 1983.

Ian has represented individuals, partnerships, SME’s and large corporations in most areas of business and law whether it be in Court proceedings, arbitration, expert determination or mediation.

Recently Ian led the team in the case of Hockin v RBS centering on a mis-sold interest rate hedging product but also involving RBS’s notorious GRG (Global Restructuring Group) division and Libor. The case successfully settled on the 3rd day of trial in May 2017 after a 4 year battle.

Ian also successfully led the team that won the ground breaking case of Hockin v Bloom & Marsden (of Ernst & Young) where the Court forced the recalcitrant Administrators of the Hockin’s former company to assign the claim against RBS to the Hockins.


  • Qualified in England and Wales in 1983

Market Recognition

  • A Recommended Lawyer for 'Commercial litigation (North West)'
    The Legal 500 UK 2018/19
  • A Recommended Lawyer for 'Banking litigation (North West)'
    The Legal 500 UK 2018/19

Work highlights

  • Hockin v RBS and Hockin v Bloom & Marsden (of Ernst & Young) as described above
  • An individual’s misrepresentation claim against the Council-won damages c. £500k and involved enforcement by levying distress on the Council’s trucks which resulted in payment;
  • An individual’s professional negligence claim against collapsed firm involved Standstill Agreement challenged by Defendants’ insurers who totally capitulated with an offer of settlement upon Halliwells’ c. 40 ex-partners being served with proceedings; Key ATE secured and CFA entered into.
  • An individuals’ resistance to enforcement of alleged personal guarantee with counterclaim for breach of funding terms; followed by the individual v HBOS-successfully achieving an IVA against resistance by HBOS in Court proceedings ;
  • An individual’s fight against former jv/employer large property developer for contractual entitlement to robust and highly complex profit share on major development. Dealt with by fiercely contested Expert Determination resulting in cash award and future earn out. Key Third Party Funding and ATE secured and CFA entered into.
  • SME call centre’s hard fought defence centered on ex turpi causa against telecommunication giant’s claim for contribution to Ofcom fine - settled at mediation
Market recognition
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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 UK 2019