The Master 2016 - 2017

Mr Ian Mayes QC

 (Portrait by Robbie Wraith)



Ian is a practising Queen’s Counsel, working from Enterprise Chambers in Lincoln’s Inn. He specialises in commercial, business and financial law.

Unusually for a commercial Silk, in his early days at the Bar he also practised in Crime, prosecuting and defending in frauds, murders and terrorist cases. He was Counsel to the Department of Trade Inspection of the Bank run by John Stonehouse MP and, for ten years before he was appointed QC, was Treasury Counsel to the Inland Revenue.

He has sat as a Recorder and chaired the Disciplinary Tribunal at Lloyd’s.

Before switching to Law, he read French and German at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was Hooper Prizeman. He was also a Harmsworth Scholar.

Ian is the Master of the House of the Middle Temple, with responsibility for its sixteenth Century Hall, where in 1602 Shakespeare’s Company gave the first recorded performance of ‘Twelfth Night’, and also Chairman of the twelfth Century Temple Church – the Mother Church of the Common Law with a world famous Choir.

He lives in the Temple. He is a passionate art collector and a member of both the Garrick Club and the Chelsea Arts Club.

Ian was elected Master of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals at a Court Meeting held on 13th April 2016 and was installed as the 16th Master on Wednesday, 8th June at Drapers’ Hall.