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Michael Ryan

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Practice Areas

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: Bilta v RBS (acting for RBS in defence of £100 million fraudulent trading claim; appeared in the decision on litigation privilege [2017] EWHC 3535 (Ch) and in the 6 week trial in summer 2018); Instant Access Properties v Rosser [2018] EWHC 1145 (5 week trial defending £34 million fraud claim brought by liquidators of collapsed property group); Group Seven Ltd v Nasir [2017] EWHC 2466 (representing a Swiss Bank in an 8 week money laundering trial); 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 (major 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).

Professional Memberships

COMBAR, Chancery Bar Association, Young Fraud Lawyers Association


BA Oxon; BCL; called 2011.