Ryan Thompson

Call 1999

Ryan Thompson is an exceptional criminal defence advocate with an enviable success rate. His practice encompasses the gamut of criminal matters – from money laundering and fraud, to serious violence and sexual offences, and the supply/importation of class A drugs.

As a led junior, he has defended in complex murders, importation of Class A drugs and money laundering. Ryan also has a proven track record prosecuting cases for the Crown Prosecution Service and on behalf of Local Authorities.


Notable Murder / Serious Assault cases

R v H

Led junior counsel in a murder case where the defendant claimed that he had killed the deceased in hyperglycaemic state. R v K – led junior counsel in a murder case following the codification of self-defence in to statute. The defence at trial was that he had stabbed the deceased in self-defence believing that he was an intruder.

R v D

Junior counsel in a the ‘Operation Tallassee’ Clerkenwell House New Years’ Day joint enterprise murder, investigated by the Met Police’s Trident Unit Involving six defendants, the shooting is said to have occurred following an escalation in violence between rival gangs. D was acquitted after trial.

R v Harriette & others

Prosecuting a multi handed robbery and GBH.

R v McMahon & Others

Prosecuting defendants charged with conspiracy to commit GBH.

R v Islam

Prosecuting D for false imprisoned on his ex partner and subjecting her to a violent assault.

Notable Drugs cases

R v B

Defending B who was charged with others with conspiracy to traffic class A and B drugs into prison.

R v W

led junior representing W who was charged with others with conspiracy to supply class A drugs. W was acquitted following re-trial; the first jury having been discharged following an application on behalf of W because it had been discovered that they had researched W on the internet.

Notable Sexual Offences cases

R v H

Successfully defended D who was charged with two others with the gang rape of a girl under 16.

Notable Dishonesty & Financial Crime cases

R v Oppong-Kyekyeku

Successfully prosecuted this defendant for his involvement in a professional fraud against a FTSE company and was retained for the confiscation proceedings, with the proceeds estimated at £2.5million and many of the assets were hidden in Ghana.

R v S

Defended S who was charged with others with conspiracy to steal and car ringing in Kent. R v C – Successfully represented a defendant charged with embezzling money from the company she worked for and bring the company to near collapse as a result of destroying vital computer files and business documents.

Associations and Memberships

Committees/memberships: Member of Lincolns Inn, The South Eastern Circuit and Criminal Bar Association Former member of the South Eastern Circuit committee

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