Animal welfare, wildlife & firearms

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:

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.

Meet the team

Tim Ryan

Partner

To put in writing how impressed I am with you [Tim Ryan] at Warners is difficult to say, but, “at a very stressful time, your calm & considered advice & counsel was hugely appreciated. Your handling of the evidence gathering, expert witness preparation, and organisation of the case were exemplary. It certainly impressed the opposition! You were available at all hours & communications were prompt and very effective. It was a great boost to confidence and morale at a time when it was much needed.


A recent client – April 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.


Chambers & Partners 2017

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 – 2018