Ryan commenced a Crime and Family pupillage under the supervision of Richard Canning in January 2023.
Ryan completed his first degree in English and graduated with a BA Hons from the University of Southampton in 2010. He completed his Post Graduate Certificate in Education at the University of York in 2011, qualifying as a secondary school English teacher. From 2011-2019, Ryan worked as an English teacher, Head of English and Assistant Headteacher.
Following a desire to re-train in Law, Ryan completed his Graduate Diploma in Law at Leeds Beckett University in 2020, graduating with a Distinction. He was also awarded the Jones Myers Prize for Outstanding Overall Achievement. He completed the Bar Training Course at the University of Law and was awarded a Very Competent. He was subsequently called to the Bar of England and Wales in July 2022. He was also the recipient of the Career Changer Scholarship.
Prior to commencing pupillage, Ryan worked as a Family paralegal at Henry Hyams Solicitors in Leeds. He is also an accredited police station representative.
R v AH :
Following a guilty plea being entered for an ABH charge which the Prosecution suggested was High Culpability and Category 2 Harm on the sentencing guidelines (indicating the imposition of immediate custody with a starting point of 1 year 6 months’ custody), Ryan mitigated for the client and secured the imposition of a community order to include 10 Rehabilitation Activity Requirement Days and a modest fine.
Link to reported article in the Yorkshire Evening Post: https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/crime/family-feud-boiled-over-with-uncle-being-dragged-out-of-his-car-in-leeds-and-beaten-4283305
TM v MH :
Representing the mother in Private Law proceedings and successfully resisted the father’s application for a change in residence.
Re A :
Represented the Applicant Local Authority at an interim removal hearing where allegations of significant neglect and physical harm of the subject child had been raised against the Respondent parents. Following submissions, the court determined that interim removal of the child into foster care was necessary and proportionate in the circumstances of the case.
Re P & V :
Represented the mother in an application originally brought under Section 8 of the Human Rights Act 1998 for an Injunction at a contested removal hearing where the Local Authority sought interim removal of the children. Preparation for the hearing included in the filing of skeleton arguments and complex discussion of the relevant law in relation to proceedings where a final care order is already in place.
ST v CP :
Represented the respondent father in an application for a Specific Issue Order where the single issue was whether the subject child should be allowed to change schools. Following oral evidence from the mother, Father and CAFCASS Officer, the court ruled in favour of the Father and determined that it was in the child’s best interests to move schools.
Re P & B & Ors :
Represented the respondent father at an interim contested removal hearing where the Local Authority sought to remove two of the subject children from their father’s care. Following issues raised on behalf of the client in respect of law and procedure, the Local Authority withdrew its application and court directed that the children should remain in their father’s care.
Outside of work, Ryan is a keen reader and writer. He is also a member of the UK Centre for Therapeutic Jurisprudence, and continues to work for two major exam boards with responsibility for marking and writing GCSE English Language and English Literature exam papers.