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Michael Ryan

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7 King's Bench Walk (Chambers of Gavin Kealey QC)


Michael’s commercial practice encompasses cross-border disputes, contentious company litigation, banking and finance, insurance and professional liability. Many of Michael’s cases include allegations of dishonesty and Michael has extensive experience of commercial fraud.

Michael has appeared in several substantial trials, frequently as sole junior to leading silks, and is familiar with the demands of hard-fought commercial cases.  Michael also has substantial advocacy experience, having conducted trials, appeals and applications in his own right.  He has appeared in all divisions of the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.

Michael also has experience of interim relief applications, including freezing injunctions (including worldwide and proprietary injunctions), Norwich Pharmacal Applications, Bankers Trust Orders and jurisdictional applications. 

Cases include: Apex Global Management v Global Torch [2017] EWCA Civ 315, [2015] EWHC 3269, [2014] 1 WLR 4495, (long running fraud case – appeared in the trial and in several appeals, including to the Supreme Court); Orb v Ruhan [2016] EWHC 850 (fraud action in the Commercial Court; substantial hearing on freezing relief); Leslie v Farrar [2016] EWCA Civ 1041 (acting for the successful party at trial and in the Court of Appeal on a restitution/unjust enrichment claim); Cattles Ltd v PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP (defence of a claim for £1.6 billion – one of the largest claims to emerge from the financial crisis); Pennyfeathers Limited v Pennyfeathers Property Company Limited [2013] EWHC 3530 (Ch) (claim against directors of a company for breach of fiduciary duty); Haden Taylor v Canopius [2014] JRC 221 (decision on insurance law of Jersey); Petrocapital v Morrison & Foerester [2013] EWHC 2682 (Ch) (trial concerning convertible loan notes).


Called 2011, Middle Temple (Scholar and Exhibitioner; ver Heyden de Lancey Prize; Certificate of Honour). Formerly college lecturer on the Law of Trusts and Land Law at Oxford University.


COMBAR; Chancery Bar Association; PNBA; TECBAR.


St Simon Stock Comprehensive School Brasenose College, Oxford University: BA Jurisprudence (First Class); BCL (Distinction). BPP Law School: BPTC (Outstanding).

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Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence – leading juniors

Michael Ryan - 7 King's Bench WalkHe is very personable, extremely bright, and has excellent attention to detail.

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