Philip Ryan


Philip is a specialist compliance and criminal defence lawyer described as a â??standout nameâ?? by The Legal 500. Advising clients during regulatory investigations, he works in the automotive, construction, FMCG, retail & leisure, tobacco, manufacturing, and life sciences sectors.

Recent examples of his work include:-

  • advising several global businesses on responses to investigations into bribery, fraud, criminal offences and disclosures to key regulators;
  • securing the acquittal of a senior manager charged with health and safety offences as part of a corporate manslaughter trial following an explosion at a recycling plant;
  • successfully defending white goods manufacturers in investigations by the National Measurement Office regarding energy labelling and efficiency of products;
  • advising an international retailer on its response to the horsemeat scandal and dealing with associated contractual issues with suppliers;
  • advising a major tobacco company on changes required under plain packaging legislation and the development of e-cigarettes;
  • advising companies on compliance with export controls and international trade sanctions;
  • advising a number of household brands on product recalls regarding tools, cereals, lamps, plugs and other domestic items;
  • advising a large travel organisation on compliance with Package Holiday, ATOL and ABTA regulations.

Previously at DLA Piper and BLP, Philip joined Shoosmithsâ?? Thames Valley Office in 2008: he was made partner in 2013. He has worked as a prosecutor for HSE and been seconded to the Tesco Store Ops and McDonaldâ??s Legal Teams, giving him a commercial approach to regulatory compliance. He is a member of the Food Law Group and the Health and Safety Lawyerâ??s Association.

Contact details

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Year Qualified



University of Manchester
Universite de Bourgogne
Nottingham Law School