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Ryan Murray

Ryan Murray

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Core Practice Area: Crime; Civil; Family
Call: 2019
Inn: Gray’s Inn
Education: Cardiff University

Ryan joined Devon Chambers as a pupil in October 2019, supervised by Piers Norsworthy, and accepted an offer of tenancy with Devon Chambers commencing in October 2020.

Ryan completed both his undergraduate degree and Bar Professional Training Course at Cardiff University. Ryan relocated to Exeter from his native Wales in 2014.

Outside of the law, Ryan’s main interests are paddle boarding, socialising and the fortunes of the Welsh rugby team


Ryan regularly appears in both the Magistrates and Crown Court, where he prosecutes and defends in equal measure. He is regularly instructed in trials, breach hearings, committals for sentence, appeals against sentence and conviction and bail applications.

Ryan’s recent cases include:

  • R v B – a novel case concerning a man prosecuted for harassment after sending child maintenance payments to his ex-wife via monthly standing order containing an abusive reference. Successful legal argument that it could amount to a “course of conduct” despite the reference only being inputted once.
  • R v H – defence of a highly vulnerable man with a rare genetic disorder charged with battery and being drunk and disorderly following an adverse reaction to his prescribed medication.
  • R v C – a novel case concerning a taxi driver prosecuted for using his mobile phone whilst driving. The driving consisted of him pulling forward in a taxi rank. Successful legal argument that the taxi rank did constitute part of the road for the purposes of the offence.
  • R v G & S – appearing on behalf of two defendants jointly charged with using illegal fishing methods in a private prosecution brought by Cornwall IFCA.


Prior to pupillage, Ryan worked as a Freelance County Court Advocate across the Western Circuit. He represented both Claimants and defendants in nearly 2,500 hearings, covering the breadth of civil litigation, including: small claims trials (especially RTA/credit hire claims), costs and case management hearings, housing disputes, landlord and tenant matters, tenancy deposit claims, infant approval hearings, Stage 3 hearings, Consumer Credit Act, insolvency, set aside judgment applications, summary judgment applications and debt enforcement proceedings.

Having acted in so many hearings, Ryan has long-standing professional relationships with solicitors. He is often requested specifically by solicitors who instructed him as a County Court Advocate.

Ryan is happy to advise or represent parties at any stage of proceedings.

Ryan’s recent work includes:

  • Advising in a complex breach of contract dispute between a financial adviser and his employer with allegations of professional misconduct on either side.
  • Acting in a personal injury claim with allegations of fundamental dishonesty against the defendant.
  • Acting in a long-running acrimonious business dispute between former partners. The case has featured three distinct interlocutory applications raising technical points of law, all of which he has been successful in.
  • Acting for a tenant in breach of injunction proceedings.


Ryan has a burgeoning family practice.

Ryan is happy to deal with cases at all stages from First Appointments to Final Hearings.​