John E. H Ryan

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Practice Areas
General crime (sexual offences, homicide, drugs, dishonesty and fraud including money laundering).
White-collar fraud, disciplinary tribunals, regulatory law (including trading standards, health and safety and planning law prosecutions).
Coroner's Court proceedings (Inquests and treasure trove).
Firearms and Shotgun Certificate appeals.

John is a specialist criminal barrister: he is ranked in the Legal 500 as a Tier 1 Counsel whose ‘written advice is impeccable, and [whose] proactive approach is invaluable’ and is ‘recommended for white-collar fraud, and sexual and violent offence cases.’ John is an excellent tactician and a robust, charismatic, and persuasive jury advocate. His commitment to clients has consistently produced excellent results.

John is respected for his thorough preparation and meticulous approach to cases. He has extensive experience of criminal cases ranging from homicide, rape (including significant experience of defending and prosecuting historic sex allegations), kidnapping, blackmail, drugs conspiracies, to fraud and money laundering offences. His practice is predominantly defence based but John has been a Grade 4 prosecutor (highest grade) since 2008, and is a rape panel advocate on the Wales and Western Circuits.

Sexual Offences 
John has been instructed in an extensive number of rape cases, many involving historic complaints and children. Other cases have included kidnapping and rape, gang rape, male rape, indecent assaults on adults and children, bestiality, and indecent images of children.

R. v. W [2017] successful prosecution of a man charged with historical indecent assaults and buggery of young boys.
R. v. W [2017] successful prosecution of trainee teacher charged with possessing indecent images of children.
R. v. H [2017] successful defence of a man charged with historical indecent assaults on a child.
R. v. D [2017] successful prosecution of a man charged with sexually assaulting a child.
R. v. S [2017] successful defence of a man charged with voyeurism and sexually assaulting his step-daughters.
R. v. B [2017] successful defence of a man charged with rapes of his ex-partner.
R. v. R-S [2016] successful defence of a man charged with rape and attempted rapes of his granddaughter.
R. v. H [2016] successful defence of an elderly man charged with causing a child to watch a sexual act.
R. v. B [2014] successful defence of a fireman charged with 17 rapes.
R. v. G [2014] successful defence of a man charged with historical sex abuse allegations including rape of a child.
R. v. N [2014] successful prosecution of a man charged with serious sexual abuse of children.
R. v. P (R) [2013] EWCA Crim 2331: appeal against conviction regarding, inter alia, cross-examination on sexual behaviour pursuant to the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 s.41; namely whether questioning about the defendant having assisted a complainant to obtain a lawful abortion could be a question "about" sexual behaviour that was prohibited by section 41 – the CA agreed that it was not.
R. v. T [2012] successful defence of a man charged with rape who maintained that he was sleepwalking at the time
R. v. Pressdee [2008] 1 Cr. App. R. (S.) 25: appeal against sentence - where an offender had committed various offences in a five-year campaign of sexual and domestic violence, he could not be sentenced to imprisonment for public protection if the only serious specified offence might have been committed before April 4, 2005, when the Criminal Justice Act 2003 s.225 came into effect.
Attorney General's Reference (No. 80 of 2006) [2006] EWCA Crim 2305: a case concerning whether a rape victim’s physical and mental conditions meant that she was an especially vulnerable person and whether full credit for the guilty plea should have been given.

Violent Offences
John has undertaken a vast number of cases involving serious violence, including: murder, attempted murder, serious GBH, kidnapping, false imprisonment, and large scale violent disorder. Cases include:

R. v. V [2017] defended a man charged with murder with Peter Rouch QC.
R. v. B [2015] successful defence of a man charged with conspiracy to possess a prohibited firearm.
R. v. H [2015] defended as junior alone in a joint murder.
R. v. W [2014] successful prosecution of a man charged with making bombs.
R. v. M [2013] successful defence of a man charged with murder.
R. v. C [2010] (the Blackwood Bomber) successful prosecution as junior alone against QC and junior counsel.
R. v. E [2008] successful defence as junior alone against QC and junior counsel in a case of a man charged with assisting an offender in a manslaughter.

Drug Offences
Cases involving drugs have included conspiracies to import and to supply Class A and B drugs involving undercover and anonymous witnesses, and cannabis factories. John has defended in numerous cases following police operations involving organised crime groups. John defended in a case involving the largest seizure of crack cocaine in South Wales (R. v. B. 2014).

Dishonesty Offences
Dishonesty cases include fraud, blackmail, high value thefts, trading standards, rogue traders, (including conspiracies) and related money laundering offences and confiscation hearings. John has undertaken complex confiscation hearings in excess of £1,000,000. John has been instructed in numerous complex cases including Operation Dino (“crash for cash”) 2014.

R. v. H [2017] defence of a man charged with fraud and perverting the course of justice by manipulating metadata on a computer.
R.v. C [2017] prosecution of a fine art dealer handling stolen antiques.
R. v. W [2017] successful prosecution of a man for fraud.

Notable appellate cases include R. v. Cornelius [2012] EWCA Crim 500; [2012] Lloyd's Rep. F.C. 435; [2012] P.N.L.R. 23: appeal against conviction for a solicitor charged with fraud. The case concerned the Ghosh test, attempts; bridging loans; buy-to-let lending; certificates; conveyancing; declarations of trust; freedom from encumbrances; mortgages; mortgagors; title to land, dishonesty; and false representations.

Other notable cases include R. v. Waters and Young [2008] EWCA Crim 2538: where the appropriate sentence was an immediate custodial sentence of such length that the offender would be entitled to immediate release by virtue of time in custody on remand, it was improper to impose a suspended sentence of equivalent length on the basis that the imposition of an immediate sentence would be meaningless in such circumstances.

John has been an Assistant Coroner since 2008. He has considerable experience of Inquests with juries, and cases where deaths have occurred in hospitals whilst subject to Mental Health Act detention, deaths in custody, deaths in the work place, and Inquests where deaths followed police pursuits.

Disciplinary Tribunals
John has been instructed in numerous cases to defend police officers in disciplinary proceedings, and is recognised for his technical ability, expert knowledge of this area of law, and authoritative manner in proceedings. He recently represented a PC charged with, inter alia, a conspiracy to pervert the course of public justice in a hearing lasting over three weeks.

Firearms Licensing
John has specialist knowledge of firearms and firearms law and has represented many individuals when certificates have been refused or revoked, including where necessary applications to the Crown Court to remove prohibited status. The latter is envisaged to become increasingly important following amendment of Section 21 Firearms Act 1968 to include a person sentenced to a suspended sentence of imprisonment of 3 months or more.

Memberships and Appointments
Called to the Bar 1997.
Member of Gray’s Inn.
Assistant Coroner for Coventry and Warwickshire since 2008.
CPS Grade 4 Prosecutor since 2008, and appointed to the Rape Panels for the Wales and Western Circuits.
Member of the Criminal Bar Association.