Philip Ryan

Philip is a specialist compliance and criminal defence lawyer described as a ‘standout name’ 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 Shoosmiths’ 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 McDonald’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 Lawyer’s Association.
Contributed to


Crisis management
Practice Note

This Practice Note sets out the key things to think about when a crisis happens. It provides guidance on the first 12 hours, including assembly of a crisis team, consideration of external reporting, dealing with staff and communications management.

Dealing with the Health and Safety Executive
Practice Note

This Practice Note, produced in partnership with Philip Ryan of Shoosmiths, provides high level guidance on dealing with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). It sets out the role, powers and strategy of the HSE, the sorts of events that can trigger a visit, what to do in the event of a visit, and covers self-reporting.

Crisis management—panic sheet

This Precedent Crisis management panic sheet, published in collaboration with Philip Ryan of Shoosmiths LLP, gives tips on what to do in the immediate aftermath (first 12 to 24 hours) of a crisis that is not covered by another specific plan. There are separate Precedents for crisis management in relation to specific incidents like product recall, data security breach, internal investigation, dawn raids and business continuity failure.

Practice areas


  • Contributing Author


  • University of Manchester
  • Universite de Bourgogne
  • Nottingham Law School

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