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John Ryan

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Apex Chambers (Chambers of Christopher Rees)


John practises in serious crime, related civil law matters, inquests, and also has a particular expertise in the law relating to firearms and firearms appeals. John has appeared in a large number of cases concerning dishonesty; including fraud, high value thefts, blackmail, money laundering, and proceeds of crime. Cases involving serious violence have included murder, attempted murder, serious section 18 OAPA cases, kidnapping, false imprisonment, and large scale violent disorder. Cases involving sexual offences have included kidnapping and rape, gang rape, male rape, indecent assaults, and bestiality. John has represented both private individuals and the police in inquests where deaths followed pollee pursuits, and has represented private individuals in actions against the police for misconduct. For firearms offences and appeals John has extensive knowledge and experience. Notable cases include: R v Cornelius (CA) [2012] a successful appeal regarding the importance of identifying the correct false representation and correctly drafting the indictment in cases of fraud; [2010] R v Chamchawala (the Blackwood Bomber), John prosecuted as junior alone against QC and junior counsel, [2010] R v Rasoul, prosecution of fraudulent dentist; [2008] R v Ben Scott Evans, John defended as junior alone against QC and junior counsel; [2008] R v Waters and Young (CA) [2008] EWCA Crim 2538, where the appropriate sentence was an immediate custodial sentence of such length that the offender would be entitled to immediate release by virtue of time in custody on remand, it was improper to impose a suspended sentence of equivalent length on the basis that the imposition of an immediate sentence would be meaningless In such circumstances; [2008] R v Pressdee (CA), where an offender had committed various offences in a five-year campaign of domestic violence, he could not be sentenced to imprisonment for public protection if the only serious specified offence might have been committed before April 4, 2005, when the Criminal Justice Act 2003 s225 came into effect; 2006 Attorney General’s Reference (No 80 of 2006) (CA), a case concerning whether a rape victim’s physical and mental conditions meant that she was an especially vulnerable person and whether full credit for the guilty plea should have been given.


Called 1997; Gray’s Inn. Assistant deputy coroner for Coventry and Warwickshire (2008); CPS Grade 4 Prosecutor (Wales and Western Circuits).


Criminal Bar Association.


Cardiff University (LLB).

Regional Bar : Wales and Chester Circuit


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