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Ian Ryan

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Howard Kennedy LLP

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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.


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.


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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general

Within: Crime: general

Howard Kennedy LLP represents high-profile clients, high-net-worth individuals, media clients, and other professionals in cases of historic sexual offences, harassment, fraud and blackmail, among other areas. Ian Ryan leads the practice. Senior associate John Martyn is also recommended.

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Fraud: white-collar crime

Within: Leading individuals

Ian Ryan - Howard Kennedy LLP

Within: Fraud: white-collar crime

Howard Kennedy LLP advises on matters including regulatory compliance, anti-money laundering, Bribery Act audits, the preparation of bribery policies and corporate governance, internal investigations, proceeds of crime, whistleblowing and self-reporting. Other areas of expertise include criminal cartel activity and market abuse. The firm represents clients caught up in investigations conducted by the SFO, FCA, CMA, HMRC, CPS, NCA, DOJ and FBI. Head of team Ian Ryan is experienced in financial crime, regulatory work and general crime. Ben Ticehurst joined as senior associate from Rahman Ravelli. Senior associate Kyle Phillips left the firm for Fieldfisher.

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London: Dispute resolution

Professional discipline

Within: Professional discipline

Howard Kennedy LLP is best known for advising solicitors and solicitor firms on SRA investigations and prosecutions, and it is a go-to firm for partners from Magic Circle firms, senior accountants and experienced barristers who are threatened with disciplinary proceedings. Ian Ryan is a business crime and regulatory specialist and Joel Leigh is particularly noted for defence work involving accountants, barristers, doctors, solicitors and surveyors; John Martyn is an experienced senior associate.

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