Ryan became a tenant at New Park Court Chambers in September 2018, having successfully completed his pupillage under the supervision of Chris Smith. He currently practises in crime, regulatory crime, professional discipline and civil matters (including commercial).

Ryan regularly appears for both prosecution and defence in proceedings in the Crown Court and Magistrates’ Court. In the Crown Court, he has prosecuted trials involving offences of robbery, burglary, perverting the course of justice, theft and common assault, and has defended in trials involving offences of violent disorder and, as a led junior, rape and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.  Ryan also has experience in dealing with cases involving complex elements of money laundering and modern slavery. He has represented defendants in the Court of Appeal on two occasions.

Ryan’s practice in the Magistrates’ Court involves defending clients charged with a range of offences. He has significant experience representing defendants charged with various driving matters and has regularly succeeded in submissions of exceptional hardship. Ryan also has experience in the Youth Court and has dealt with cases of robbery, possession with intent to supply class A drugs and causing grievous bodily harm.

Ryan is an accredited CPS Panel Advocate, currently at Level 2, qualifying him to prosecute a range of Crown Court matters.

Notable Cases

  • R v Haley (Bradford Crown Court – February 2021)

    Ryan represented a defendant charged with two counts of production of a controlled drug, relating to grows of just under 400 cannabis plants. The case involved drafting written advice on the prospects of an appeal against the sentence imposed and subsequently representing the defendant in the Court of Appeal.

  • R v Gazi (Sheffield Crown Court – November 2020)

    Ryan represented a defendant charged with two counts of robbery. The case involved complex issues of modern slavery and required both written and oral advice to be provided on this matter

  • R v Fitzgerald (Leeds Crown Court – December 2019)

    Ryan prosecuted the trial of a defendant charged with robbery and perverting the course of justice, in a case which involved identification evidence and an application under s.78 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984. The defendant was convicted after trial of perverting the course of justice and subsequently pleaded guilty to alternative offences in respect of the alleged robbery.

  • R v Davies (Leeds Crown Court – April 2019):

    Ryan prosecuted the trial of a defendant charged with dwelling burglary and two counts of common assault. The defendant was convicted after trial and sentenced to a total of 5½ years’ imprisonment.

  • R v Hudson (Leeds Crown Court – April 2019)

    Ryan prosecuted the trial of a defendant charged with attempted burglary, common assault and theft. The defendant pleaded guilty on the day of trial and was sentenced to a total of 4½ years’ imprisonment.

  • R v Newsome [2019] EWCA Crim 639 (Court of Appeal – March 2019)

    Ryan appeared in the Court of Appeal to successfully appeal a sentence of 35 months’ imprisonment for three separate sets of offending. The appeal was successful on both grounds argued, with respective reductions of 7 months and 3 months made, reducing the total sentence to 25 months’ imprisonment.

  • R v P (Newcastle Crown Court – May 2018

    Ryan was instructed as junior defence counsel in a case involving multiple allegations of rape and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Ryan is a member of the List of Specialist Regulatory Advocates, currently at Level C, qualifying him to prosecute cases on behalf of the Health and Safety Executive, Care Quality Commission, Environment Agency and Office for Nuclear Regulation.

Having spent time working in-house there during pupillage, Ryan is regularly instructed to prosecute cases on behalf of the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the independent regulator of health and social care in England and Wales. Such proceedings are conducted in both the Crown Court and the Magistrates’ Court. Ryan also has advised upon a significant number of cases at the pre-charge stage and is familiar with the relevant considerations that apply in such matters.

Ryan is also a member of the General Medical Council (GMC) panel of approved advocates, enabling him to represent the GMC in Fitness to Practise proceedings in the Medical Practitioners Tribunal. Ryan has conducted a significant number of Fitness to Practise Review Hearings and has experience in advising the GMC throughout Fitness to Practise proceedings, including both before and after the Rule 7 stage. Ryan also has experience in acting as disclosure junior in document-heavy GMC Fitness to Practise cases.

Notable Cases

Ryan acts for both claimants and defendants in civil matters, most frequently dealing with fast-track trials, small claims and stage 3 disposal hearings, often in claims arising out of road traffic accidents. He is experienced in dealing with claims for damages in respect of both personal injury and credit hire, and also has experience advising on care home negligence claims.

Ryan also has a developing commercial practice with a specific focus on contractual matters and has represented clients at trial in numerous such cases. He also has experience in drafting statements of case in breach of contract matters, as well as advising on the merits of potential claims in restitution. Ryan has a background in commercial organisations, gained through his previous 10-year employment in the financial services sector.

Notable Cases

  • Fair Finance Ltd v Switalskis Solicitors Ltd (Huddersfield County Court – July 2019)

    Ryan successfully represented the defendant in a claim brought by an invoice factoring company, alleging a failure to pay a number of assigned historical debts. The claim was dismissed in its entirety and the defendant recovered over £14,600 in costs.

  • Highways England v Advantage Insurance (Harrogate County Court – April 2019)

    Ryan represented the defendant in a ‘test case’ regarding a claim for damages arising out of damage to a safety barrier on an ‘A’ road. The claim involved expert evidence regarding the level of damages claimed and whether this amounted to the “reasonable cost of repair”.

  • The Design Quarter v Nawaz (Leeds County Court – March 2019)

    Ryan represented the claimant in a claim for damages arising out of non-payment of fees for the production of a wedding dress. The case also involved a counterclaim for distress and inconvenience on the part of the defendant.

  • Melton v MCE Insurance (Newcastle County Court – February 2019):

    Ryan successfully opposed the defendant’s relief from sanctions application in a claim on the Fast Track. The defendant sought relief following a failure to file its Directions Questionnaire, arguing that the intention to raise issues of fundamental dishonesty at trial should support relief being granted. The application was successfully opposed on the basis of the breach being serious and significant, without good reason and that allegations of fundamental dishonesty were destined to fail, as they related to pre-issue conduct.

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