Ian Ryan is a white-collar crime solicitor with over 30 years' experience of dealing with complex and high-profile matters, both domestically and internationally. He advises both individual and corporate clients in serious fraud and regulatory investigations as well as criminal matters.
Ian is head of the firm's well-regarded Business Crime team which is ranked in both the Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 directories.
Ian has a range of expertise and advises in SFO, FCA, CMA, NCA, CPS, police and SRA investigations. His clients are typically: corporates; boards of directors, CEOs, senior executives, non-executive directors, General Counsel, compliance and risk officers, financial directors and money-laundering reporting officers.
Notably Ian acted for Mark Hanna in the phone hacking trial in 2014 (acquitted); Achim Kraemer in the first SFO Euribor trial in 2018 (acquitted); Andreas Hauschild in the third SFO Euribor trial in 2019 (acquitted); Martin Backburn in the Gary Senior SDT hearing in 2020 (acquitted); Supreme in a successful private prosecution in 2021; a Middle Eastern bank successfully defending a private prosecution in 2021 (case dismissed and defence awarded costs of £250,000); and for British Gymnastics in the Whyte Review (reported July 2022). He has also been involved in many other high profile SFO investigations including Tesco, Harlequin and Tchenguiz.
In addition to the above, Ian advises corporate clients, including solicitor's firms, on cybercrime issues, production orders, dawn raids, confiscation proceedings, warrants and the extent of legal professional privilege. He has represented both multi-nationals and individuals in numerous internal investigations.
He is also an expert in solicitors' disciplinary work and SRA investigations, having previously prosecuted for the SRA for over 15 years. He acts for individual solicitors, including many at magic circle firms, and solicitor's firms at all stages of the proceedings, particularly on issues of self-reporting.
Ian is also a specialist in money laundering matters. He is currently a member of the Law Society's AML directory, providing ad hoc advice to solicitors and solicitor's firms. He is retained by a number of solicitors and other professional firms to provide AML and regulatory advice. He was also previously a member of the Law Society's Money Laundering Taskforce.
Ian also continues to represent high-net-worth individuals (celebrities, politicians, artists, journalists and sports people) in general criminal matters. As a result of his recent work with a national governing body of sport, he has specialist safeguarding experience.
Due to the nature of the cases Ian works on, many are sensitive and high-profile, so he works closely with the firm's reputation management team to ensure clients' interests are protected.
At present, Ian is acting in many matters including for:
- Suspects in three active SFO investigations;
- An international defence and security company in inquest and related proceedings;
- A defendant in an FCA investigation, where the suspect is charged with making misleading statements to the market;
- A top ten professional tennis player in an ATP investigation (recently successfully concluded);
- A multi-national law firm in an AML regulatory investigation;
- A well-known football agent in a police investigation into perverting the course of justice;
- A premier league footballer charged with criminal offences (recently successfully concluded);
- Several magic circle partners facing allegations of a sexual misconduct nature.
Ian is a proud Trustee of the Schools Consent Project; sits on the England Hockey Disciplinary Complaints panel; and is member of the Sport Resolutions legal advice panel giving advice to sports National Governing Bodies.
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