Ryan’s principal areas of practice are commercial law, taxation, employment law, injunctions and other emergency relief, fraud and international commercial arbitration.
Prior to joining Devereux, Ryan was a Lecturer in law at the London School of Economics and King’s College, London. His specialist areas included obligations, trusts, restitution and taxation.
Ryan has wide experience in commercial litigation in the High Court and County Court as well as internationally - principally in the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts - and arbitration. His expertise is wide ranging covering multi-jurisdictional fraud/tort of deceit, business disputes, commercial contract claims, unjust enrichment, and litigation related to interest rate hedging products.
Interest Rate Hedging Products
Ryan has been instructed to represent and advise in relation to the misselling of Interest Rate Hedging Products. Key cases include:
Fraud/Tort of Deceit
Ryan’s commercial disputes practice has a strong emphasis on commercial fraud, asset tracing/ value recovery. He has acted in litigation straddling several jurisdictions, advising on strategy and its implementation. Key cases include:
Secured Lending Disputes
Ryan is regularly instructed to advise, draft pleadings and appear in court on behalf of mortgagees and mortgagors. Key cases include:
Ryan edited Cousins, Law of Mortgages and was a Lecturer in property law at the London School of Economics.
Ryan has experience of bringing and defending professional negligence claims involving a wide range of professional and other specialist advisers including insurance brokers, solicitors and accountants.
Ryan’s tax practice crosses over with his professional negligence practice in relation to advice given by tax advisors and accountants; he has acted for a number of companies against accountants and tax advisors and a receiver in relation to his failure to reclaim VAT refunds due to the company.
Ryan regularly drafts pleadings and advises on merits, quantum and settlement strategies.
Ryan’s practice covers all areas of employment law including restrictive covenants and breach of confidence, breach of contract, wrongful and unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, TUPE, issues of employment taxation and discrimination. He is regularly instructed to advise, draft pleadings and appear in Employment Tribunals, County Courts, and the High Court.
He has also appeared in multi-day hearings in Employment Tribunals in Scotland, including:
Ryan has experience dealing with conflicts of law – in particular, choice of law, jurisdiction, and recognition of foreign judgments – in an employment context.
For Injunctions and Restrictive Covenants and Employment Income Taxation see separate headings.
Ryan is regularly instructed in injunction proceedings and other High Court proceedings concerning the enforcement of restrictive covenants and claims of inducing breaches of contract, fiduciary duty and confidence.
Ryan has a predominantly litigation based practice in the fields of direct tax. He has particular expertise in employment taxation, tax and judicial review, and avoidance.
Employment income taxation
Ryan is the author (with Jolyon Maugham QC and Jonathan Peacock QC) of The Employment Practitioner’s Guide to Taxation (3rd edn, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2014).
Ryan has extensive experience of advising and acting for taxpayers and HMRC in cases concerning the correct tax treatment of employment income. Ryan is also regularly instructed to advise on employment status issues, settlement agreements and the correct tax treatment of termination payments. Key cases include:
Corporate tax and taxation of businesses
Private client and estate planning
Stamp Duty and SDLT
Prior to joining Devereux, Ryan was a Lecturer in the Law of Personal Taxation at King’s College, London.
COMBAR, PNBA, ELBA
St John's College, University of Oxford
*Academic Scholar, Lamb and Flag Studentship, Graduate Scholar
*Lord Denning Scholar, Hardwicke Entrance Award, Levitt Scholar
Leonard Sainer Bar Finals Scholar
Lecturer in Law, London School of Economics (2009-11)
*Contract, Tort, Land and Trusts
Lecturer in Law, King's College, London (2010-11)