Ryan Dowding

Call: 2017

Instructing Ryan

To instruct Ryan please contact our Clerks on +44 (0)20 7400 6400 or email clerks@3rblaw.com.

Ryan is developing a practice across Chambers’ main areas of expertise, with a particular interest in crime, licensing and regulatory work, and public law.

Legal Expertise

General Crime overview

Ryan regularly appears in the magistrates’ courts and the Crown Court.

He has defended in cases involving a range of offences, including: grievous bodily harm, assault, battery, theft, motoring offences, drugs offences, fraud and money laundering. He has experience of acting in complex, novel and unusual cases and is presently representing the defendant in the first ever prosecution by the Gambling Commission for the offence of misusing the profits of a lottery. He is also junior counsel for one of a number of defendants being prosecuted for the importation and supply of drugs, and money laundering. The evidence against the defendant largely consists of Encrochat material derived from the National Crime Agency’s Operation Venetic.

Ryan has a particular interest and expertise in modern slavery, in part as a result of having acted for the Metropolitan Police Service in its first raft of applications for Slavery and Trafficking Risk Orders (see below). Recent instructions include representing a defendant at Wood Green Crown Court facing charges of possession with intent to supply a large quantity of Class A drugs, but who alleged that he had only become involved in drug supply as a result of exploitation.

In addition, Ryan prosecutes cases on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service, Transport for London and the National Probation Service.

Notable General Crime cases

R v SOK and JP (2021) (Central Criminal Court sitting at Aldersgate House)

Acting for a defendant alleged to have imported Class A, B and C drugs into the United Kingdom from Los Angeles. The parcel was intercepted by an officer of the UK Border Agency at Stanstead Airport. It was addressed to the defendant’s boyfriend (co-defendant) and the attached invoice included her mobile telephone number. Following a 4 day trial, both defendants were acquitted on all counts in under 2 hours. Read more about the case via: https://www.shearmanbowen.co.uk/successful-acquittal-for-client-accused-of-importation-of-class-a-drugs-at-isleworth-crown-court/

R v SR (2021) (Aylesbury Crown Court) (ongoing)

Acting for one of a number of defendants facing trial at Aylesbury Crown Court for the alleged importation and supply drugs and money laundering. The prosecution relies to a large extent on Encrochat material. Led by Siza Agha.

R v FS (2021) (Aylesbury Crown Court)

Acting for a defendant charged with PWITS Class A at Aylesbury Crown Court. The case involved detailed cross-examination of a drugs expert.

R v DH (2019) (Basildon Crown Court)

Acting as a court appointed advocate assisting a defendant to oppose an application for a post-acquittal restraining order. His conviction for sexual assault had been overturned by the Court of Appeal. Following a hearing which involved detailed cross-examination of the complainant the Judge refused the Crown’s application.

Financial Crime / POCA overview

Prior to joining Chambers, Ryan spent a year working in the bribery and corruption division of the Serious Fraud Office on a long-running investigation into a former FTSE 100 company. He continues to maintain a keen interest in white collar crime and during his pupillage he assisted one of the defence teams in a major insider dealing trial brought by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Since becoming a tenant, Ryan has acted alone for defendants charged with fraud and money laundering offences. He is currently instructed as junior counsel for the third defendant in a five-handed fraud and money laundering case which is fixed for re-trial in March 2022.

He is establishing a practice across the spectrum of Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 work. In particular, he is regularly instructed as both junior and sole counsel in cash, listed asset and bank account freezing and forfeiture proceedings. His recent instructions include:

  • Acting as second junior for a Russian national in appeals and judicial review proceedings challenging Account Freezing Orders, production orders and restraint orders;
  • Acting as junior counsel for a British-Iranian national who is the subject of an application for an Account Forfeiture Order;
  • Advising the Metropolitan Police Service in relation to whether the victim of an investment fraud could join listed asset forfeiture proceedings in order to recover a Rolex purchased with the proceeds of that fraud.

He has particular expertise in advising individuals and enforcement authorities in civil recovery proceedings, under Part 5 of POCA, involving the use of unregistered money service businesses / remittance services (e.g., ‘Hawala banking’).

Ryan also has experience of acting in confiscation proceedings. Recently, he represented a defendant convicted of possession with intent to supply a large quantity of cocaine. Following written submissions as to the appropriate means of valuing the drugs he obtained a concession from the Crown resulting in a substantial reduction in the benefit figure.

Notable Financial Crime / POCA cases

R v SG (2020-22) (Birmingham Crown Court) (ongoing)

Acting for the third defendant in a complex fraud and money laundering trial at Birmingham Crown Court. Led by Luke Ponte.

R v GS (2021) (Isleworth Crown Court)

Acting alone for a defendant who pleaded guilty to defrauding his employer out of more than £250,000. The court was persuaded to impose a suspended sentence.

R v AB (2020-21)

Acting for an Iranian national who had bank accounts containing approx. £1.1 million frozen by Leicestershire Police. Following detailed written representations the Account Freezing Order was set aside before the case reached the forfeiture stage. Led by Rachel Barnes.

R v SS (2020)

Acting for a British-Iranian national who was the subject of an application by HMRC for an Account Forfeiture Order. Following detailed written representations the application for forfeiture was dropped and HMRC agreed to pay most of the respondent’s legal costs. Led by Rachel Barnes.

Licensing / Regulatory

Licensing / Regulatory overview

Ryan is an experienced licensing practitioner.

He is regularly instructed by the Metropolitan Police Service in summary review proceedings and his recent instructions include:

  • Successful applications for a Closure Order and the revocation of the Premises Licence in respect of a snooker club following a violent disturbance in which two people were shot and a third stabbed with a pool cue;
  • Successful applications for a Closure Order and the revocation of the Premises Licence in respect of a convenience store found to be in possession of (and suspected of selling) over 18,000 canisters of nitrous oxide;
  • Successful application to revoke a Premises Licence in relation to a prominent night club in Holborn after four people were stabbed during a large brawl outside the premises; and
  • Advising the Metropolitan Police Service in relation to a proposed application to review a gambling licence following a horrific murder at an adult gaming centre in Camden. After extensive discussion with the licence holder it was agreed that a large number of additional conditions would be attached to the licence.

He also acts on behalf of individuals and companies in applications to obtain new premises licenses or to vary existing licenses. Most recently, he acted for a company in an application for a premises licence in relation to a proposed restaurant / bar in a small town in Essex. The application was successful despite staunch opposition from a number of local residents.

Ryan regularly appears for Transport for London in licensing appeals in the magistrates’ courts.

During pupillage he also gained experience in police discipline matters both at first instance and on appeal to the Police Appeals Tribunal.

Notable Licensing / Regulatory cases

117 Trading Limited (2021)

Acting for a company in a successful application for a premises licence. The application was granted in the face of a large number of objections from local residents. Read further via: https://www.essexlive.news/news/essex-news/chigwell-restaurant-granted-booze-licence-6161956

Club 29 (2020)

Acting for the MPS in a successful application to revoke a Premises Licence. The application, robustly opposed, followed a violent brawl outside of the premises which resulted in four people being stabbed.

Civil Preventative Orders overview

Ryan is frequently instructed by the Metropolitan Police Service to advise on and appear in applications for civil preventative orders, including: Closure Orders, Sexual Risk Orders, Sexual Harm Prevention Orders, Stalking Protection Orders and Violent Offender Orders.

Recent and current instructions include:

  • Successful application for a Stalking Protection Order in relation to a high-profile public figure who had engaged in acts associated with stalking in relation to a journalist at a national newspaper;
  • Successful applications for the Metropolitan Police Service’s first ever Slavery and Trafficking Risk Orders in relation to a number of individuals involved in the trafficking of primarily Chinese women for the purpose of sexual exploitation. An appeal by one defendant was withdrawn. They have all since been charged with a raft of criminal offences;
  • Successful application for a Sexual Risk Order in a case involving evidence of sexual misconduct spanning 10 years and including lengthy cross-examination of the defendant.

Ryan has since acted for the MPS in a number of applications for Slavery and Trafficking Risk Orders in a county lines context. Alongside Hugh Davies QC, DCI Brittany Clarke and DI Emma Sharp, he recently co-authored guidance for the National County Lines Coordination Centre (NCLCC) which has been rolled out to police forces across the country. The guidance – which was subject to a process of consultation with a number of experts – is aimed at increasing the use of civil orders so as to prevent county lines offending (a link to the guidance appears in the ‘Publications’ section).

He also appears for defendants facing applications for civil orders and recently resisted an application by Surrey Police for a Domestic Violence Prevention Order against a serving officer.

Notable Civil Preventative Orders cases

R v SYL (2021) (Westminster Magistrates’ Court)

Acting alone for the MPS in an application for a Stalking Protection Order in relation to a high-profile public figure. The defendant had engaged in acts associated with stalking in relation to a journalist at a national newspaper, along with her partner. The order was granted for a period of 5 years. Read further via: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/tommy-robinson-journalist-lizzie-dearden-independent-b951614.html

R v YZ, QX, GM, YZ and WN (2020-2021) (Westminster Magistrates’ Court)

Acting alone for the MPS in its first applications for Slavery and Trafficking Risk Orders. The applications related to five defendants involved in the trafficking of primarily Chinese women for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Orders were granted in relation to three defendants, with adverse findings made in relation to a fourth. All defendants have now been charged with a raft of criminal offences. Read further via: https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1353805/London-Brothels-Westminster-Spent-Harrods-Louis-Vuitton

Public law, Inquests and Inquiries overview

Ryan was instructed for a number of months by the London Fire Brigade in relation to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry where he conducted work in relation to Phase 2 of the Inquiry.

He also has experience of public law proceedings and is currently acting for the Metropolitan Police Service in judicial review proceedings relating to an unlawful search warrant. The claimant is an individual whose extradition is sought by an overseas authority in relation to allegations of murder, attempted murder and money laundering.

Notable Public law, Inquests and Inquiries cases

Grenfell Tower Inquiry (Phase 2) (2020)

Instructed by the London Fire Brigade to assist with disclosure and the preparation of Rule 9 statements for the Inquiry.

Extradition overview

Ryan has appeared on behalf of requested persons in extradition cases in the magistrates’ courts. He also has experience advising on and drafting grounds of appeal to the Administrative Court.

General Crime

R v SOK and JP (2021) (Central Criminal Court sitting at Aldersgate House) 

Acting for a defendant alleged to have imported Class A, B and C drugs into the United Kingdom from Los Angeles. The parcel was intercepted by an officer of the UK Border Agency at Stanstead Airport. It was addressed to the defendant’s boyfriend (co-defendant) and the attached invoice included her mobile telephone number. Following a 4 day trial, both defendants were acquitted on all counts in under 2 hours.

Read more about the case here.

R v SR (2021) (Aylesbury Crown Court) (ongoing) 

Acting for one of a number of defendants facing trial at Aylesbury Crown Court for the alleged importation and supply drugs and money laundering. The prosecution relies to a large extent on Encrochat material. Led by Siza Agha.

R v FS (2021) (Aylesbury Crown Court) 

Acting for a defendant charged with PWITS Class A at Aylesbury Crown Court. The case involved detailed cross-examination of a drugs expert. 

R v DH (2019) (Basildon Crown Court)

Acting as a court appointed advocate assisting a defendant to oppose an application for a post-acquittal restraining order. His conviction for sexual assault had been overturned by the Court of Appeal. Following a hearing which involved detailed cross-examination of the complainant the Judge refused the Crown’s application.

Financial Crime / POCA

R v SG (2020-22) (Birmingham Crown Court) (ongoing) 

Acting for the third defendant in a complex fraud and money laundering trial at Birmingham Crown Court. Led by Luke Ponte.

R v GS (2021) (Isleworth Crown Court) 

Acting alone for a defendant who pleaded guilty to defrauding his employer out of more than £250,000. The court was persuaded to impose a suspended sentence.

R v AB (2020-21) 

Acting for an Iranian national who had bank accounts containing approx. £1.1 million frozen by Leicestershire Police. Following detailed written representations the Account Freezing Order was set aside before the case reached the forfeiture stage. Led by Rachel Barnes.

R v SS (2020) 

Acting for a British-Iranian national who was the subject of an application by HMRC for an Account Forfeiture Order. Following detailed written representations the application for forfeiture was dropped and HMRC agreed to pay most of the respondent’s legal costs. Led by Rachel Barnes.

Civil Preventative Orders

R v SYL (2021) (Westminster Magistrates’ Court) 

Acting alone for the MPS in an application for a Stalking Protection Order in relation to a high-profile public figure. The defendant had engaged in acts associated with stalking in relation to a journalist at a national newspaper, along with her partner. The order was granted for a period of 5 years.

Read further following links here and here. 

R v YZ, QX, GM, YZ and WN (2020-2021) (Westminster Magistrates’ Court) 

Acting alone for the MPS in its first applications for Slavery and Trafficking Risk Orders. The applications related to five defendants involved in the trafficking of primarily Chinese women for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Orders were granted in relation to three defendants, with adverse findings made in relation to a fourth. All defendants have now been charged with a raft of criminal offences.

Read further here.

Licensing / Regulatory

117 Trading Limited (2021) 

Acting for a company in a successful application for a premises licence. The application was granted in the face of a large number of objections from local residents.

Read further here.

Club 29 (2020) 

Acting for the MPS in a successful application to revoke a Premises Licence. The application, robustly opposed, followed a violent brawl outside of the premises which resulted in four people being stabbed.

Public Law, Inquests and Inquiries

Grenfell Tower Inquiry (Phase 2) (2020) 

Instructed by the London Fire Brigade to assist with disclosure and the preparation of Rule 9 statements for the Inquiry.

Instructing Ryan

To instruct Ryan please contact our Clerks on +44 (0)20 7400 6400 or email clerks@3rblaw.com.

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Young Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Bar Professional Training Course (Outstanding)
  • University of Sussex, LLM in International Human Rights Law (Distinction)
  • University of Sussex, LLB (Hons) (First Class, second in year)

Scholarships/Prizes

  • Certificate of Honour, Middle Temple (2017)
  • Queen Mother Scholarship, Middle Temple (2016)
  • Blackstone Entrance Exhibition, Middle Temple (2016)
  • Excellence Scholarship, BPP (2016)
  • Joint award for Highest Mark on an LLM Dissertation, University of Sussex (2017)
  • Magna Carta Moot – Winner, Inner Temple (2016)
  • International Criminal Trial Advocacy Competition – Semi-Finalist, Symbiosis Law School, India (2016)
  • Best Performance on the Final Year of the LLB, University of Sussex (2015)
  • Inner Temple Intervarsity Moot – Winner (2015)
  • Blackstone’s National Criminal Advocacy Competition – Semi-Finalist & Best Overall Advocate (2014)
  • First Generation Scholarship, University of Sussex (2013)
  • Bar Professional Training Course (Outstanding)
  • LLM in International Human Rights Law (Distinction), University of Sussex
  • LLB (Hons) (First Class), University of Sussex
  • CPS Panel (General Crime) – Level 2

Before coming to the Bar, Ryan completed his LLM in International Human Rights Law at the University of Sussex. During his time at university, he co-founded Your Rights Matter: a small organisation which published articles online and visited schools and colleges to teach students about human rights law.  He also carried out work for the Free Representation Unit.  The following year, alongside studying for his BPTC, Ryan taught the law of evidence and criminal procedure to undergraduates.  He also volunteered to assist with projects including Vocalise through which he and other BPTC students led debating classes for inmates at prisons around London.

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