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 in the following four fields: Commercial Dispute Resolution, Civil Fraud, Insurance and Reinsurance, and Professional Negligence. In 2019 and 2018 he was selected by Who’s Who Legal as a Future Leader in Litigation who is “widely endorsed as a rising star at the commercial bar”.  He is described as “a standout junior who will always go the extra mile”, “very personable and extremely bright, with excellent attention to detail”, “super bright, very practical and someone who is really nice to work with” and that “he has maturity beyond his years and grasps complex issues”. He is listed as “a star junior of the future” and “an excellent litigator”.

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:

  • Appearing for RBS Plc in the 6 week trial of the Bilta litigation concerning alleged dishonest trading of carbon credits.
  • Instructed to appear at the 13 week trial of a US$1 billion Commercial Court action concerning offshore oil extraction in the North Sea – Single Buoy Moorings Inc v Aspen. (Settled shortly before trial.)
  • Acting for Rangers Football Club in a Commercial Court dispute with Sports Direct concerning sale and supply of replica kit.
  • Instructed as sole counsel in a Commercial Court claim worth £200 million.
  • Acting for a Swiss Bank in an 8 week dishonesty trial and now in the Court of Appeal.
  • Successfully defending a major firm in a 5 week trial of a £34 million claim brought by liquidators of a property investment group – Instant Access Properties v Rosser.
  • 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.