Ryan Murray

Year of call:2019
Expertise: Crime, Regulatory, Civil
Ryan Murray April2021-81
Appointments:Level 3 Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service
Memberships:Western Circuit, Criminal Bar Association
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Practice areas

  • General crime
  • Regulatory crime
  • Civil

What others say

I was introduced to Ryan as my barrister, and what a weight lifted from my shoulders! Such a professional-no hassle totally ‘smart’ gentleman I can’t ever thank him enough! So refreshing and professional at a difficult time for me! Thank you.

Client 2020

“…Ryan has not been at the bar that long and often defends, but he had a great attitude and worked really hard to get the right result in difficult circumstances.”

CPS 2023


Ryan is known for his approachable nature and ability to quickly get to the core of any case. Ryan’s meticulous preparation and confident advocacy have enabled him to build his practice rapidly, as well as set up long-standing professional relationships with those who instruct him.

Ryan’s practice is based in the Crown Court, where he prosecutes (he is a CPS Level 2 Prosecutor) but usually defends those accused of crime.

Ryan’s practice covers virtually the full spectrum of criminal offences, including but not limited to: serious non-fatal violence, weapons offences, arson, fraud, public order, harassment/stalking, sexual offences, motoring offences, drug offences (including multi-handed conspiracies), theft, robbery, burglary and offences against public decency.

Ryan is regularly instructed in trials, Newton hearings, breach hearings, committals for sentence, appeals and bail applications. He is adept at handling complex matters and cases involving technical points of law. Ryan has defended in cases with issues of insanity, automatism and modern slavery.

Ryan has experience of acting and advising in applications under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA). He has appeared as a lone junior in both the High Court and Court of Appeal.

Before joining Devon Chambers and focusing on crime, Ryan worked as a freelance County Court advocate. He appeared in nearly 2,500 civil hearings on Circuit, meaning he is confident and competent to act in civil matters, particularly in the fields of housing, insolvency and contract. Ryan retains a purely civil practice, both advisory and advocacy-based.

Said background has led to considerable demand for Ryan to act for parties in applications within a civil jurisdiction, but arising from a criminal context. Recent such instructions include contempt proceedings, committals arising out of alleged breaches of anti-social behaviour injunctions, applications by the Police as well as appeals against the revocation of firearms/shotgun licences.

Ryan is regulated by the Bar Standards Board.

Ryan is regulated by the Bar Standards Board.

Recent Cases

  • R v C & M (2023). Defending a man charged with GBH with intent, having allegedly sliced a youn man’s head open with a Stanley knife.
  • R v T & others (Operation Miching) [2022-3]. Led junior for the defence in a complex five-handed fraud/drug conspiracy described as “one of Britain’s largest dark web drugs cases”. it concerned the production and onward supply of fake pharmaceuticals via the dark web, the alleged proceeds (over £21,000,000) thereafter beign laundered through Bitcoin. Served material amounted to nearly 10,000 pages. Led by Rupert Taylor.
  • R v K (2023). Defending a man with paranoid schizophrenia charged with arson being reckless as to whether life endangered, having set fire to objects in his first floor flat to silence the voices in hid head.
  • R v X, Y & Z (Operation Hourplate) [2022–3]. Led junior for the Prosecution in a three-handed attempted murder.
  • R v X (2022). Defending a 15 year old boy charged with the rape of his girlfriend allegedly committed when he was 14.
  • R v J, G & H (2022). Defending a man charged as part of a three-handed aggravated burglary, having allegedly been part of a group attending a premises linked to the drugs trade, thereafter forcing entry and threatening the occupants with machetes.
  • R v R (2022). Defending a man charged with wounding with intent having allegedly stabbed a love rival in the back.
  • R v C (2022). Defending a man charged with grooming type offences shortly after his release from prison for sexual offending against a child.
  • R v P (2021). Prosecuting a man charged with wounding with intent having stuck another man over the head with a baseball bat.
  • R & 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 GPD and cell mast data.
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