Ryan Murray

Year of call:2019
Expertise: Crime, Regulatory, Civil
Ryan Murray April2021-81
Appointments:Level 2 Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service
Memberships:Western Circuit, Criminal Bar Association
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Practice areas

  • General crime
  • Regulatory crime
  • Civil


Ryan is known for his approachable nature and ability to quickly get to the core of any case. As a result, his practice has grown rapidly.

Ryan regularly appears in the Crown and Magistrates’ Courts, where he prosecutes and defends in equal measure. He is frequently instructed in trials, breach hearings, committals for sentence, appeals and bail applications. He is adept at handling complex matters and he has used legal argument to successfully represent clients charged with driving offences, harassment and violence.

Ryan is experienced in civil litigation. Before joining Devon Chambers, Ryan worked as a freelance county court advocate and appeared in nearly 2,500 civil hearings. His strong research skills and excellent client care complement his experience and he is able to advise or represent parties at any stage of proceedings.

He has effectively represented clients in cases that included allegations of professional misconduct and dishonesty. He is confident and competent to act in long-running disputes involving technical points of law. Ryan’s meticulous preparation and confident advocacy have enabled him to build up long-standing professional relationships with solicitors.

Ryan is regulated by the Bar Standards Board.

Recent Cases

  • R v B (2021). Defending a young man charged with dangerous driving following a police pursuit whilst he was under the influence of cannabis.
  • R v D (2021). Prosecuting a man charged with county lines drug-dealing offences relating to the supply of heroin and crack cocaine from London into Devon and Hampshire.
  • R v P (2021). Prosecuting a man charged with wounding with intent having struck another man over the head with a baseball bat outside his front door.
  • R v F (2021). Defending a man charged with wounding with intent and weapons offences having been seen on a neighbour’s security camera throwing a “Rambo-style” knife at another man – armed with a baseball bat – from close range.
  • R v L (2021). Defending a highly vulnerable man diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder charged with assault and weapons offences, having armed himself following an attack upon him by two men carrying bats.
  • R v B (2020). Prosecuting a man charged with harassment having set up a standing order for child maintenance payments to his ex-wife using an abusive payment reference. Legal argument that its repetitive nature could amount to a “course of conduct” for the purposes of the offence, despite only being inputted once.
  • R v D (2020). Prosecuting a man charged with two counts of dangerous driving and perverting the course of justice stemming from his alleged breaking of a land speed record, driving from John O’Groats to Land’s End in under ten hours. The evidence called included three expert witnesses and extensive GPS and cell mast data.
  • R v T (2020). Defending a man charged with an ABH offence allegedly committed as a joint enterprise, where his co-defendant had pleaded guilty.
  • R v H (2020). Defending an elderly female charged with multiple counts of fraud relating to her alleged failure to declare certain capital gains.
  • B & G (2020).  Acting on behalf of the first defendant in long-running committal proceedings brought by the housing association for breach of a previously granted injunction.
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