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Tim Ryan is a criminal and regulatory defence specialist, who acts for privately-paying clients facing allegations from the minor to the very serious, and provides them all with the same high level of service and commitment.

Tim conducts a broad range of criminal and regulatory work, and has particular expertise in wildlife, firearms, animal welfare, environmental offences, farming and country sports. As well advising and representing those under investigation or facing prosecution, he also acts in firearms licensing appeals. He covers cases throughout England and Wales.

Tim was called to the bar in 1991 and spent his first 15 years in practice as a barrister. He is dual qualified and has practised as a solicitor since 2006. He is a Higher Court Advocate and frequently appears in the Crown Court.

Tim has written articles for publications such as Gun Trade News, The Shooting Gazette, The Field, Farmers Weekly, Farm Law , the Agricultural Law Association magazine and the Solicitors Journal and is the author for Westlaw Insight on the laws relating to Birds of Prey. Tim is also frequently invited to speak on rural issues.

If Tim is unavailable please contact, Claire Blackman, 01732 375377,


Tim’s reported cases include:

RSPCA v Paul Johnson [2009]EWHC 2702 (Admin)
The first case concerning the limitation period for commencing a prosecution under the Animal Welfare Act 2006

DPP v Wright [2009] EWHC 105 (Admin), [2010] QB 224, [2010) 2 WLR 497
The leading case on the interpretation of the Hunting Act 2004, which clarified the meaning of “hunts” in section 1 and where the burden of proof lies where “exempt hunting” is claimed.

Recognition & Memberships

  • Solicitors’ Association of Higher Court Advocates
  • Agricultural Law Association

Legal 500 – 2021 – Recommended Lawyer
The sports team at Warners Solicitors specialises in regulatory work for shooting agencies, grouse moors, landed estates and high-profile individuals. In this respect, it acts for equestrian clients including the Hunting Office and the Masters of Foxhounds Association (often defending prosecutions for alleged breaches of the Hunting Act). On the civil side, its expertise is employed in disputes over the purchase of horses, drafting commercial/employment agreements and orchestrating livery covenants for racecourses and training yards. Practice head Michael McNally is an authority on the Animals Act 1971 while Tim Ryan is a veteran of criminal law.

Chambers & Partners, 2020
Tim Ryan focuses his practice on criminal and regulatory defence work. He specialises in cases related to firearms, animal welfare, wildlife and environmental offences.

Legal 500, 2020
Warners Solicitors’ unique offering relates to country sports; it serves as the South-East panel firm for the Hunting Office and provides civil, regulatory, and criminal law advice to its country sports clients. Tim Ryan specialises in criminal and regulatory matters relating to country sports, farming, wildlife, animal welfare and firearms licensing.

Chambers & Partners, 2019
Tim Ryan is notable for specialising in rural crime and regulatory defence work. His broad caseload includes representing those accused of firearms, wildlife and animal welfare offences.

Legal 500, 2019
Recommended Lawyer in Agriculture & Estates and Sport Law.

Chambers & Partners, 2018
Tim Ryan focuses on the criminal and regulatory side of agriculture law. His areas of specialism include animal welfare, firearms licensing and country sports.

Legal 500, 2018
Recommended Lawyer in Agriculture & Estates and Sport Law.

Chambers & Partners 2017
Tim Ryan is a key practitioner for regulatory matters, including those in relation to hunting and shooting. He is also a criminal law expert.

Chambers & Partners 2016 – Agriculture
Tim Ryan is noted for his expertise in regulatory matters and the criminal law aspects of rural affairs, particularly concerning matters related to firearms, hunting and gamekeeping.

Chambers & Partners 2016 – Crime
Tim Ryan of Warners Solicitors is noted to be amongst the strongest regulatory lawyers in the region. He has a particular interest in criminal cases involving agriculture, firearms and rural sports.

News & Insights

Michael McNally heads the department and specialises in employment litigation, acting primarily for hunts, shoots, landed estates and animal-related organisations. Tim Ryan is the other key figure, and has substantial expertise in criminal and regulatory law related to country sports.

Legal 500

Tim Ryan is notable for specialising in rural crime and regulatory defence work. His broad caseload includes representing those accused of firearms, wildlife and animal welfare offences.

Chambers & Partners

Tim Ryan is in our opinion, by far the most experienced Wildlife and Firearms legislation Solicitor practicing in England and Wales at the current time. We have been using his services on behalf of our client’s Estates and their keepers, for very many years and with exceptional results. Tim is unusual having been a Barrister and is now a Solicitor. He gives outstanding advice on all aspects of Wildlife and Firearms Law and in these fields, he cannot be bettered.  

Mark Osborne, Chartered Surveyor