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Phil is an experienced compliance and business defence lawyer specialising in a range of regulated areas from health and safety to environmental, and from product liability to food. He advises a range of clients on their compliance with red tape, including; ABF, BAT, VW Group, GAME and IKEA. Phil successfully defended six investigations into three global white goods manufacturers by the National Measurement Office regarding energy labelling – no action taken; advising a leading global manufacturer on a fraud investigation and environmental compliance issues, following the acquisition of a competitor business; leading defence team on a corporate manslaughter case listed for trial in October 2014; recently concluded a long running product liability investigation for an international retailer following the fatal strangulation of a child; advising a leading travel company on compliance with ATOL, ABTA and lATA regulations and registrations. He also advises on responses to ASA complaints; advising two manufacturers and a commercial retailer on consumer retail launches in the UK; advising a leading electrical products manufacturer and ‘brand’ in relation to its packaging and labelling globally.


Trained and qualified (2003) at DLA Piper; Berwin Leighton Paisner; associate Shoosmiths 2008; partner 2013.




HSLA; Food Law Group.


Ampleforth College, York; Manchester University (2000 Lib English Law and French Law (Hons); Nottingham Law School (2001 LPC).


Skiing, rugby, golf, cars, wine and fine food.

London: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Health and safety

Shoosmiths LLP has 'a very strong team, which punches above its weight' and is 'building on the reputations of its market leading practitioners' - team head Roy Tozer and Charles Arrand; Tozer is 'the king of the health and safety world' and Arrand has 'buckets of experience forged over many years making him one of the country's best regulatory lawyers'. Recent highlights for Tozer include representing a contractor in an investigation following an injury during a tower block refurbishment project and acting for a large retailer in multiple workplace accident investigations. Philip Ryan and Hayley Saunders are also recommended.

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South East: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Leading individuals

Philip Ryan - Shoosmiths LLP

Within: Health and safety

Shoosmiths LLP's health and safety practice has wide-ranging experience covering non-contentious matters in addition to defending and prosecuting cases on behalf of corporate clients. It is particularly noted for its expertise in the petrochemical, retail, automotive, manufacturing, transport, food and healthcare sectors. In an illustration of its track record in the automotive sector, Philip Ryan acted for a global car manufacturer in a number of health and safety inspections into its UK and European arms, which revealed a number of unsafe practices and a failure to follow appropriate testing of lifting equipment; Ryan provided training to the company and, following written responses provided under caution, the authorities opted to forego any prosecutions. In another key mandate, the practice represented a provider of facilities and constructions workers in a HSE investigation arising from a fatal accident involving a delivery vehicle and a banksman at a construction site in London. Charles Arrand regularly acts for corporations and their directors in health and safety investigations, prosecutions and other enforcement actions.

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South East: Real estate


Within: Environment

Shoosmiths LLP acts for national and international clients across a range of sectors, with a particular emphasis on real estate, oil and gas, and waste management. The practice's workload covers the full range of contentious and non-contentious matters, from environmental due diligence and drafting warranties and indemnities on corporate transactions, to civil and criminal environmental matters including nuisance claims and prosecutions by environmental regulators. Recent highlights include acting for Altitude (Ascot) in a successful appeal agains the refusal to grant planning permission for the redevelopment of a waste processing plant for residential use. The practice also advised Lingfield Properties on the sale of a strategic site at the former Didcot power station to the Diageo Pension Trust, and assisted St Modwen Developments with the environmental aspects of the development and sale of  a £30m railway rolling stock manufacturing facility in South Wales to a Spanish infrastructure company. Charles Arrand heads the practice, which includes compliance and criminal defence specialist Philip Ryan.

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