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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 has a ‘dedicated set of lawyers who really fight their clients’ corner’. It acts for high-net-worth individuals, high-profile clients, media clients, solicitors and other professionals. Areas of expertise include harassment, blackmail, drug offences and historic sexual offences. Ian Ryan heads the team and is ‘a superb tactician who knows exactly how to work a case to the client’s advantage’. Senior associate John Martyn is ‘diligent, imperturbable and outstanding at dealing with tricky clients’.

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Fraud: white-collar crime

Within: Leading individuals

Ian Ryan - Howard Kennedy LLP

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London: Dispute resolution

Professional discipline

Within: Professional discipline

Howard Kennedy LLP 'has good industry knowledge and insight in this area, meaning the advice is balanced and appropriate; and the firm provides a high level of partner attention supported by associates who have a firm grasp of detail'. The practice is focused on representing solicitors in investigations launched into their conduct by the Solicitors Regulation Authority; defending barristers against various allegations of misconduct; and defending accountants and other financial service professionals in disciplinary proceedings. Business crime and regulatory head Ian Ryan ('calm, but with a steely side') is experienced in acting both for and against professional regulators. Other key contacts include Joel Leigh and senior associate John Martyn.

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