Ian Cranefield

Consultant Solicitor


Since qualifying in 1995 Ian has practised as a successful litigation and dispute resolution solicitor. He is best known for his legal representation of vulnerable adults in mental capacity litigation and for financial recovery claims after exploitation or financial abuse.

Much of Ian’s work is undertaken in the specialist jurisdiction of the Court of Protection, which is empowered to make decisions about and on behalf of people who otherwise lack the mental capacity to do so themselves. He works very closely with the leading adult safeguarding charity, Action on Elder Abuse, to whom he provides regular assistance, training and advice.

Ian also undertakes risk management and advisory work for the care home and domiciliary care sectors and for local authority safeguarding teams, and regularly speaks at events on issues such as mental capacity and the law. Ian also undertakes County Court and High Court litigation, principally in the areas of breach of contract, breaches of legal duty and compensation for professional negligence.

Services & Specialisms

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  • Probate Solicitors & Estate Administration

    Richard Nelson LLP’s probate solicitors can help you through the process of estate administration for your loved ones, making the process as straightforward as possible for you.

  • Inheritance Disputes & The Inheritance Act 1975

    Have you lost a loved one and not been provided for adequately or at all, whether under a Will or under the Intestacy Rules? If so, all is not lost.

  • Claims Against Executors

    When a person dies, the legal responsibility for the distribution of the deceased’s estate passes onto anyone named in the will as an executor. It is their responsibility to carry out the instructions detailed in the will. If there is no will or those named are not able to act as executors, a court may appoint an administrator to fulfil the role.

  • Professional Negligence Claims

    If you believe a professional has made a mistake resulting in you incurring a financial loss, Richard Nelson LLP's solicitors can advise you on the necessary steps to voice your concerns, whether through a complaint, legal claim or both.

  • Protection of Vulnerable Adults

    Our expert solicitors support individuals, families, local authorities and charities navigating this complex area of law, helping you to protect vulnerable adults from instances of financial abuse and neglect.

On so many occasions, whatever the dispute or problem, good legal advice can replace anger, despair and indecision with clarity, focus and peace of mind. Achieving these things is always my primary objective, from the very first telephone conversation I have with any new client.

Ian Cranfield

My expectations of a quality service were high and you have met these high standards. I would recommend, without hesitation, Ian Cranefield in his specialist area of the protection of vulnerable adults.

Mrs SG West Yorkshire
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