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Ian Ryan

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Howard Kennedy LLP

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Business crime and regulatory.


Partner. Ian is an investigations and trial lawyer with over 20 years' experience of serious financial crime and regulatory work. He also maintains a niche criminal practice acting for high net worth individuals, politicians, celebrities and sports people.

He has represented corporate and individual clients in investigations by the SFO, FCA, CMA, HMRC, CPS and the NCA.

Ian is retained by a number of accountants, banks, stockbrokers and solicitors' firms to advise on money laundering, SARs, production orders and other compliance issues. He has been involved in many investigations with, for example, a cross border element including USA, Germany, South Africa, Saudi Arabia and France.

 He is also an expert on solicitors' disciplinary investigations, representing individual solicitors and solicitors' firms, and has advised and represented over 100 solicitors in criminal and regulatory investigations.


Trained at Russell-Cooke; qualified in 1987; joined legacy firm Finers Stephens Innocent (which merged with Howard Kennedy on 1 February 2013) as Head of Business Crime in July 2008.


Fraud Lawyers Association; the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers; Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association; International Bar Association.


Kids, sport, reading, travel.

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general

Within: Crime: general

Howard Kennedy LLP provides β€˜an exemplary service’, and the crime department β€˜is client-focused, very driven, and has excellent up-to-date knowledge’. Key figure Ian Ryan is β€˜an excellent lawyer who brings considerable experience when defending professionals’, and is regularly instructed by public figures from the arts, media and business sectors.

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Fraud: white-collar crime

Within: Leading individuals

Ian Ryan - Howard Kennedy LLP

Within: Fraud: white-collar crime

Howard Kennedy LLP is β€˜an extremely highly thought of firm for white-collar work’, offering β€˜a highly personalised service and an impressive level of devotion to its clients’. The firm handles privately funded work, primarily defending high net-worth individuals in bribery and corruption allegations, money laundering cases and FCA investigations. Practice head Ian Ryan is β€˜an excellent lawyer with a wealth of experience in dealing with high-profile, tricky cases requiring good strategic input’, and β€˜excellent tactician’ John Martyn is also recommended. Dan Hyde has joined Penningtons Manches LLP.

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London: Dispute resolution

Professional discipline

Within: Professional discipline

Ian Ryan heads the β€˜superb’ practice at Howard Kennedy LLP, which specialises in defending professionals in the legal and financial sectors, with experience in regulatory matters arising from criminal investigations. It also acts for clients on compliance and risk avoidance. The practice represented an accountant in an investigation by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales arising from unlawfully accessing confidential information while on secondment at a bank. Other work includes acting for two solicitors in a Solicitors Regulatory Authority investigation into alleged misconduct and judicial review proceedings before the Divisional Court and the Court of Appeal arising from defective appointments to barrister disciplinary tribunals. The β€˜extremely thorough’ and β€˜quick-witted’ Joel Leigh has β€˜tremendous client-care skills’ and can β€˜translate complex concepts into simple English’.

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