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

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

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 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