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


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 UK 2016

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 – 2017

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.

Chambers 2015 – Crime