Frank Ryan: Director – Head of Civil Litigation

Frank Ryan

Frank Ryan qualified in 1983 and specialises in commercial litigation and all forms of alternative dispute resolution.

As well as undertaking general commercial litigation, particular expertise includes:

* Professional negligence and professional misconduct claims and issues

* Joint venture and shareholder disputes, including  “minority prejudice” claims

* Misuse of  confidential information

* Enforcement and enforceability of restrictive covenants (employees, agents, distributors)

* Partnership disputes and partner exits

* Intellectual property (copyright, passing off, trademarks)

* Public procurement disputes

* Property disputes, including contested business lease renewals and rent review disputes

* Cross-border issues

* Pre-trial injunctions and enforcement processes.

Frank also has very extensive experience in advising and acting for employers (and for senior executives and directors/shareholders) in disputes and issues arising in the employment context.  As well as conducting cases in the High Court and Employment Tribunals, Frank is frequently called upon to advise and assist employers on  all  issues arising in the workplace, from disciplinary issues through to issues arising on the sale and reorganisation of businesses and on competitive tendering changes: transfer of undertaking (“TUPE”)  issues, multiple redundancies and so on.  He also advises on disputes in foreign jurisdictions where the contract between the parties is expressed to be governed by English law: examples being Hong Kong, China, Saudi Arabia, France and Belgium.

Frank is a member of the International Bar Association, the Employment Lawyers Association and the Society for Computers and Law.


“Frank Ryan  is a very impressive, effective and entirely approachable commercial litigation and employment lawyer who fully understands the needs of our business and provides common sense, no nonsense advice.” -Sylvia White, General Counsel, GardaWorld IPS

“Frank pursued the litigation with such speed and vigour that our opponents had nowhere to go but to settle and pay our costs.” -Bippon Vinayak, Chairman, Doctors Chambers (UK) Limited

“Frank Ryan is an extremely impressive lawyer with huge experience and a wide range of skills. His litigation and employment expertise, and negotiating skills, have come to our aid on numerous occasions, particularly but not only in the in the context of public contract procurement.” -Brian Wren, Chief Executive Officer, Savoy Ventures Limited

“Frank Ryan has acted for me for over 25 years and has been a first class lawyer, litigator and friend. He acted on one substantial matter in particular that threatened our very existence and saved us from collapse. Frank is at all times thorough, conscientious and mindful of the needs of our business. I would not hesitate to recommend him.” -Michael W Libra, Chairman, MPS & BBI  International Limited

“I have been instructing Frank Ryan to represent me and my businesses for over 20 years.  He has been untiring and effective on every matter on which he has been involved, from the simplest to the most complex.” -Brian Newman, M.D. FRCS

“I have used Frank Ryan as a legal advisor for around 20 years and, in my opinion, he is an excellent litigation lawyer.  He recently guided us through a dispute which was very important to our business with considerable skill and dogged determination, enabling us in the end to achieve the best possible result, which fully justified the action that we took.  I would not hesitate to recommend him.” -John Gambles, Chairman, Quadrangle

“Frank Ryan has acted as my  company litigator for over 30 years. His insightful advice and professional  conduct makes him an ideal ally and a formidable foe. I have always appreciated his no nonsense approach to litigation where his honest appraisal of the likely outcome wasted neither time  nor money. When we embarked on a case we invariably won -or settled to all parties’ satisfaction. Frank’s dry sense of humour is an added bonus which helps to cement a good client supplier relationship.” Janet Weitz, CEO and Publishing Director, Alliance Publishing Press Ltd

“Frank Ryan is a lawyer who thinks out of the box and delivers results, time and again, often with devastating effect.  I would always want him on and by my side.” -Toni Hilton, Dean of the Glasgow School for Business and Society at Glasgow Caledonian University

To contact Frank Ryan please call 020 7404 9390 , email us or fill in the contact form on the right.

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