Consultant Solicitor

Tim Ryan

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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.


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.


If Tim is unavailable please contact, Nicola Elcombe, 01732 375375, [email protected]

Recognition & Memberships

  • Solicitors’ Association of Higher Court Advocates
  • Agricultural Law Association
  • Legal 500 – Recommended Lawyer

Legal Directories

  • Legal 500 – Recommended Lawyer, 2018 – 2022
  • Chambers & Partners – Ranked Lawyer, 2016 – 2022

Thoroughly recommended

"Finding yourself in the midst of the criminal justice bureaucracy is not only traumatic but at times mind-boggling. With his professionalism and experience, Tim Ryan made this process so much easier to comprehend. He listened to me and offered reassurance when reassurance was greatly needed. His team approach Tim fully engaged all parties throughout, successfully winning my appeal in the Crown Court by systematically dismantling the case against me. Thoroughly recommended."

A recent client
/ Client Review

A veteran of criminal law

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.

Legal 500
/ Recommended Lawyer

Outstanding advice on all aspects of Wildlife and Firearms Law

"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
/ Client Review

Calm and considered advice and counsel

"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
/ Client Review
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