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WWL Ranking: Future Leader

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Michael Ryan is widely endorsed as a rising star at the commercial bar by peers who praise him as a “bright practitioner”.


Michael Ryan is a commercial litigator whose practice encompasses cross-border disputes, banking and finance, contentious company and insolvency litigation, energy and commodities disputes, insurance and professional liability. Many of Michael’s cases involve allegations of dishonesty and Michael has extensive experience of commercial fraud and asset tracing.

Michael is ranked by all the directories as a leading junior barrister for his work. He is described as “very personable and extremely bright” and “a team player who is hardworking and delivers quality work under pressure”, with “excellent attention to detail” and “maturity beyond his years”.

Michael has extensive trial experience and has appeared in several appeals in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Michael also has experience of interim relief applications, including freezing injunctions (including worldwide and proprietary orders), Norwich Pharmacal applications, Bankers Trust orders and jurisdictional applications.

Current and recent work includes a six-week trial for a UK clearing bank in relation to a major fraud in the carbon emissions trading market (the Bilta litigation); the Commercial Court dispute between Sports Direct and Rangers FC; a successful five-day appeal acting for a Swiss bank in a money laundering action concerning the theft of €100 million; defending a major firm in a five-week trial of a £34 million fraud claim brought by liquidators of a collapsed investment group; acting for insurers in a $1 billion insurance dispute concerning North Sea oil exploitation; and successfully defending claims brought against senior members of the Saudi royal family alleging money laundering, gold smuggling and threats to kill.

Further details of his practice can be found at: https://7kbw.co.uk/barrister/michael-ryan/.

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