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Howard Kennedy LLP

Work Department

Business crime and regulatory.


Ian Ryan is a Partner and Head of the Business Crime and Regulatory team. He is a white-collar crime lawyer specialising in serious fraud and acting in serious and high-profile matters both domestically and internationally. Ian heads the firm’s well regarded Business Crime team.

Ian has over 25 years’ experience dealing with a full range of business crime and serious fraud investigations. This includes investigations by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the Competition Markets Authority (CMA), the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). He advises on investigations from the early stages through to and including contested jury trials.

His primary focus is acting for clients in SFO investigations. He is representing senior individuals in SFO investigations into Euribor, Patisserie Valerie, Amec Foster Wheeler, and ENRC (Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation). Ian successfully represented Achim Kraemer, the only defendant acquitted in the first Euribor trial in June 2018. He has previously acted on the SFO investigations into Rolls Royce, GSK, Tesco, Harlequin and represented Vincent Tchenguiz on his arrest by the SFO and subsequent search of his business premises.

Ian also acts for corporates on 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.

Ian has specialist experience in solicitors’ disciplinary work and SRA investigations and is skilled at representing General Counsel caught up in SFO investigations. Ian has a niche specialism in money laundering and was previously a member of the Law Society’s Money Laundering Taskforce. He is a member of the Law Society’s AML directory providing advice to solicitors.

Ian continues to represent high-net-worth individuals (celebrities, politicians and sports people) in general criminal matters.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals)

(Leading individuals)

Ian RyanHoward Kennedy LLP

Adept at handling large scale financial fraud investigations and prosecutions‘, Howard Kennedy LLP is active in high-profile and complex money laundering and compliance proceedings, with standout involvements in cases relating to EURIBOR, as well as ongoing SFO investigations and cases relating to market manipulation, the Bribery Act, and regulatory issues. Clients include directors, executives, and financial services traders, both domestic and international, with the firm able to leverage in-house reputation management, private client, and commercial litigation expertise to represent a diverse range of clients in the full spectrum of white-collar cases. Practice head Ian Ryaninspires confidence’, and has seen success in representing individuals in high-profile serious fraud proceedings, particularly SFO investigations, while financial crime and regulatory specialist Kyle Phillips is also a key name for international money laundering and market abuse cases. Senior associate Jennifer Harper represents clients in criminal fraud and regulatory proceedings brought by all major UK enforcement agencies.

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general

(Leading individuals)

Ian Ryan – Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP has a ‘highly respected and effective general crime department’ which acts for high-net-worth and high-profile individuals accused of criminal offences. The department works closely with the firm’s media and reputation team to provide high level service to those facing charges such as sexual assault, drug offences, or violent crimes. Lead partner Ian Ryan has more than 30 years’ experience in the field, and works with clients from the police station onwards. Kyle Phillips, who rejoined the firm in 2021 after two years with Fieldfisher, is a specialist in financial crime and regulatory law. Associate Jennifer Harper is another key name, and has experience handling allegations of sexual and physical assault.

London > Dispute resolution > Professional discipline

Howard Kennedy LLP is sought out by senior individuals from professional services firms who have been threatened with disciplinary proceedings; and solicitors’ disciplinary work is another key area of strength for the team. Practice leader Ian Ryan is ‘at the top of his game‘, while Joel Leigh is a barrister defence expert.

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Private prosecutions

Howard Kennedy LLP has experience both defending and bringing private prosecutions, acting for clients from a variety of sectors in proceedings arising from fraud allegations and investigations by the SFO, FCA, HMRC, and international enforcement agencies. As well as fraud and business crime proceedings, the firm is also regularly involved in private prosecutions arising from restructuring and insolvency proceedings, drawing on in-house restructuring and civil fraud expertise in coordinating these proceedings. The firm was also notably involved in a leading private prosecution in the retail space, which ended successfully for the firm’s client. Ian Ryan heads up the team, and represents a wide range of corporate and financial services clients in regulatory investigations resulting in private prosecutions,  Financial crime and fraud specialist Kyle Phillips and senior associate Jennifer Harper, who has advised on cross-border prosecutions, are also key members of the team.