Ian Ryan is an investigations and trial lawyer with over 20 years’ experience of serious financial crime and regulatory work. He has been involved in high profile cases throughout his career, having represented Colin Stagg in 1994 in the Rachel Nickell case; advised Vincent Tchenguiz in respect of his arrest, interview under caution and the search of his business premises in March 2011; and Mark Hanna in the Rebecca Brooks “trial of the century” in 2014 (see below). He was also the solicitor in the guideline Court of Appeal case re B in 2008 that set the test for dissipation for pre-trial Restraint Orders.
He has represented corporate and individual clients in investigations by the SFO, the FCA, the OFT (now CMA), HMRC, the CPS and the National Crime Agency (NCA), dealing with allegations of bribery and corruption, money laundering, serious fraud, criminal cartel activity and market abuse/insider trading. He has also conducted internal investigations for corporate clients and represented individual clients in internal investigations conducted by external teams of lawyers.
Ian assists clients with search warrants, dawn raids, production orders, issues of legal professional privilege, and advises solicitors’ firms and individual solicitors in criminal and SRA investigations.
Ian continues to represent clients in interviews under caution at the police station and has extensive experience of the use of compulsory interviews by the various regulatory agencies. He is an experienced Higher Court Advocate and regularly appears for solicitors at the SDT in contested hearings.
Ian has a particular interest in money laundering. He is one of a small number of solicitors on the Law Societies’ AML directory providing money laundering advice to members of the solicitors’ profession. He has also recently revised the money laundering chapter for the Solicitors Handbook 2015 (Hopper and Treverton-Jones) and is the contributing editor of the money laundering chapter in Cordery on Legal Services. He also regularly advises solicitors and other professionals with regard to suspicious activity reports to the NCA and has recently launched a money laundering blog (www.antimoneylaundering.lawyer) with leading regulatory barrister, Tim Kendall.
Ian successfully represented News International’s Head of Security, Mark Hanna, who was unanimously acquitted of the charge against him in the phone hacking trial after a hearing at the Old Bailey which lasted 138 days. He is presently representing two senior Tesco directors in the SFO investigation arising from the company’s profit warning; a prominent businessman under investigation by the SFO for corruption and investor fraud; and a defendant in the SFO Euribor prosecution, together with a number of other prominent individuals.
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