We have particular expertise in countryside-related criminal and regulatory matters, such as animal welfare, wildlife crime, firearms, and other legislation. We regularly act for individuals, farms, hunts, shooting estates and other rural businesses facing offences under the following:
Animal Welfare Act 2006
Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981
Hunting Act 2004
Protection of Badgers Act 1992
Firearms Act 1968
The Environmental Protection Act 1990
Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
We also have extensive experience acting on behalf of clients wishing to appeal against licensing decisions in relation to firearms, including revocations, refusals to grant and refusals to vary certificates.
We act only for privately funded clients and all criminal and regulatory cases will be handled by a senior and experienced solicitor.
"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
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.
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