Quadrant Chambers

Ian Telford


An experienced family law barrister with a focus on complex care and protection cases.



Ian commenced legal practice in 2002 after completing his education in the UK. He specialises in family law (mainly law relating to children) and appears regularly in the Family Court. Ian is regularly appointed by the Family Court to act as lawyer for child.

As former counsel to Child Youth and Family (now Oranga Tamariki), Ian has a particular interest in complex care and protection/child abuse cases, which often involve Oranga Tamariki (CYF) and the Police. Ian also helps people with the following types of cases:

  • General Oranga Tamariki (CYF) cases
  • Caregivers seeking permanent orders for children in their care
  • Care and contact arrangements for children (Care of Children Act)
  • Parents and/or children with mental health problems or intellectual/physical disabilities
  • Making decisions about children (guardianship)
  • Adoptions
  • Domestic violence
  • Mental health
  • Vulnerable adults (under the Protection of Personal Property and Rights Act)

Ian is a Lead Provider for Legal Aid and continues to accept referrals for publicly funded clients.

In the past, Ian has worked in a wide variety of legal settings (in the UK and NZ) including a small provincial firm, international firm and in-house for local government and a commercial organisation. Prior to entering the law, Ian worked as a registered nurse, primarily in the areas of child psychiatry, mental health and intellectual disability. Ian has also worked as a senior manager and funder in healthcare. His fondest memories lie with the NGO and Alcohol and Other Drug sector.

Outside work Ian enjoys spending time with his family and he is a member of his local Anglican church. He tolerates running and swimming and loves kayaking.




  • Oranga Tamariki (CYF) cases
  • Complex care and protection cases involving the Police
  • Care and contact arrangements for children
  • Adoption
  • Domestic violence
  • Mental health


Email: ian@quadrantchambers.co.nz
Phone (DDI): 09 260 4171