Michael Ryan is a commercial barrister whose practice encompasses cross-border disputes, banking and finance, contentious company and insolvency litigation, 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 recognised in the directories as a leading junior, which describe him as “very personable and extremely bright, with excellent attention to detail” and note that “he has maturity beyond his years and grasps complex issues”.

Michael has appeared in several substantial trials, usually as sole junior to leading silks, and he 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.

Recent and current instructions include:

  • Acting for RBS Plc in the Bilta litigation concerning alleged dishonest trading of carbon credits.
  • Acting for a Swiss Bank in an 8 week dishonesty trial.
  • Defending a major firm in a 5 week trial of a £34 million claim brought by liquidators of a property investment group.
  • Acting for Saudi Arabian clients in the high profile Re Fi Call litigation (Apex v Global Torch), including the trial and several appeals to the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.