Acknowledged by his peers as an advocate of outstanding ability and superb tactical skill, John Ryder QC has consistently been ranked by Chambers and Partners directory as a leading silk. He is described in Chambers and Partners as “very stylish, adaptable and charming, he has everything you would expect from a barrister”. He is an exceptional cross-examiner and renowned for the persuasive powers of his submissions and final speeches.

A star. A real jury advocate with gallons of charisma

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His practice extends over the entire range of serious crime and disciplinary matters both at first instance and in appellant courts. It includes commercial fraud and the representation of solicitors and other professionals accused of criminal offences. He has appeared in many of the most noteworthy cases of the past decade. He is exceptionally versatile “one of the best silks in the country”, “an absolutely formidable opponent” who has repeatedly achieved notable successes before a range of tribunals. Personally affable and approachable, he encourages participation from all those involved in a case and fosters a strong team spirit. He inspires the full confidence of clients and is notably fearless and uncompromising in the representation of their interests.



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Notable cases

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R v MJ

The Dale Cregan murder trial.

R v X

The trial concerning the murder of Damilola Taylor.

R v GN

Murder of PC Patrick Dunn

R v NM

The murder of Charlene Ellis and Laetitia Shakespeare.

R v AC

The “Millenium Dome Robbery” trial.

R v CJ

Gooch Gang Murders

R v NF

The trial concerning the murder of French students Larent Bonomo and Gabriel Ferez.

R v NS

Gang murder of Halifax Sikh shopkeeper

R v DA

Murder of 4 year old Jeremiah Barnes in gang related shooting (Grand Cayman)

R v ES

Prolific MTIC fraudster


Large scale international fraud

R v Tamasa

Murder trial involving a purported confession. The defendant was acquitted.

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21 May

The Trial: Channel 4

Chambers is pleased to support The Trial, a Channel 4 documentary seeking to broaden public understanding of criminal proceedings through a fictionalised murder trial. John Ryder QC and Lucy Organ...

7 April

Barclays LIBOR trial

The re-trial of two Barclays traders, accused of manipulating LIBOR, concluded yesterday at Southwark Crown Court.  The defendants, Ryan Reich and Stylianos Contagoulas, were acquitted of conspiracy...

4 March

John Ryder QC defends Sun Reporter Neil Millard

John Ryder QC is instructed in the trial of Neil Millard, who is accused of paying public officials, including prison officers and a detention custody officer, for stories. Mr Millard denies three...

8 May

Amicus Mock Trial Against the US Death Penalty

Amicus Mock Trial Against the US Death Penalty Chambers is proud to be associated with, and participating in, the upcoming mock trial to be held in conjunction with Amicus, whose campaign against...

8 May

Chambers defends in French student murder case

Chambers defends in French student murder case John Ryder QC and Jason Dunn-Shaw acted for Nigel Farmer at the high profile Old Bailey prosecution of the two defendants (Farmer and Dano Sonnex)...