Ryan joined Child & Child as a paralegal in 2008 and, after completing his training contract with the firm, he qualified as a solicitor in 2014
Ryan has experience in a wide range of property litigation matters, including residential landlord and tenant disputes, party wall disputes, disrepair, forfeiture, adverse possession, private nuisance, service charge disputes, as well as ancillary debt collection claims and bankruptcy for unpaid rent and damages. He frequently advises in relation to high value properties and common law tenancies of rent above £100,000 per annum. Ryan frequently acts for individual landlord and tenants, developers, property holding companies and trusts.
His most notable recent cases include: (i) claim seeking compensation under a party wall award, resulting in a successful appeal to the High Court in relation to a decision to allow the late amendment to a defence (EBS Self-Administered Personal Pension Plan Trustees Ltd & 2 Ors –v- Gungor); (ii) successful defence of an appeal in the Court of Appeal relating to a party wall dispute (Russell Gray –v- Elite Town Management Limited), (iii) concurrent successful defence of appeals of a judgment for costs relating to a party wall dispute in both the High Court and Court of Appeal (Pinder –v- Nabili); (iii) successful claim for damages with regards to a complex subsidence claim caused by tree roots from adjoining land owned by a local authority (Browne –v- Swindon), (v) a possession debt claim / bankruptcy proceedings of a high profile celebrity tenant for significant unpaid rent under a common law tenancy agreement.
Ryan is a member of the Property Litigation Association and the Pyramus & Thisbe Club (party walls).
Ryan graduated from Newcastle University in 2007 with an honours degree in English Literature before completing a postgraduate conversion to law. He has previous experience in finance and in education, and has also worked for an NGO in Malawi conducting a study of violence in education.