Barrister Liam Ryan

Liam Ryan

Year of call: 2007  


“He has an encyclopedic understanding and a real passion for stress law”

Legal 500 2019



Liam Ryan is ranked by the Legal 500 (Tier 5) as a leading junior in Personal Injury at the London Bar. He is described as “An impressive advocate, who fights hard for his clients” (legal 500 2017) and as “a very astute barrister who knows his subject matter well” (legal 500 2016). He is the author of the recently published “A practical guide to psychiatric injury in personal injury claims”.

Liam has a civil practice split between medium to high value personal injury actions, clinical negligence and commercial litigation. He has a noted specialism in stress at work and psychiatric injury claims, a growing area in which his knowledge and enthusiasm ensure he strives and achieves for the best possible result for his clients. He has a growing clinical negligence practise and is increasingly sought out in claims with a psychiatric component. His commercial practise increasingly deals with employment relationships, data protection and costs issues. He is commercial astute and realistic in his advice, but not afraid of challenging work and conflict.

He acts for both Claimants and Defendants and is regularly instructed to advise, draft documents and to appear in both the County and High Court.

Liam accepts instructions privately, on a Conditional Fee basis and through Direct Access. Liam is a member of PIBA.

Personal Injury

Personal Injury

Liam has a busy personal injury practice predominantly based on the multitrack. Liam has extensive experience of advising, drafting, negotiating and appearing before both the County and High Court on behalf of both Claimants and Defendants. Liam’s personal injury practice covers a wide spectrum of actions including employers’ liability, public liability, product liability, fatal accidents, road traffic accidents, accidents abroad, claims made against the MIB and CICA and historic abuse claims.

Stress at work Secondary Victims Sexual Abuse Motor Insurance Fraud Serious Personal Injury Psychiatric Injury Claims

Stress at work

Within his personal injury practice Liam has developed a particular specialism in the field of stress at work, a niche area in which he continues to develop as a specialist. His practice is predominantly Claimant focused. Liam is frequently involved in stress at work claims from an early advisory stage through to the conclusion of the litigation process providing detailed specialist advice and representation in Court at every stage of the litigation process in claims often exceeding £100,000 in value.

He is experienced in dealing not only with the legal and procedural issues that arise in such cases, but also the practical ones including dealing with clients who are often still suffering from the effects of psychiatric injuries.

Secondary Victims

Liam has a passion for claims involving the complex and growing area of secondary victims claims and understands that the highly sensitive nature of such claims. He often is sought out of advice at an early stage in such litigations where his knowledge of the area and experience of taking such claims through to trial assists in not only the formulation of such claims, but there successful outcome.

Sexual Abuse

Liam has experience of dealing with the complex area of historical sexual abuse. He has represented several Claimants and Defendants in such claims before the High Court.

Motor Insurance Fraud

Liam has a wealth of experience in cases concerning allegations of fraud (both from the perspective of Defendants and Claimants) in road traffic accidents. His experience includes cases concerning phantom passengers, staged accidents, and induced collisions. He further is experienced in dealing with issues of credit hire common in such claims and insurer led intelligence evidence. He has experience of claims in involving substantial numbers of Claimant’s and alleged fraud rings. His analytical nature makes him a popular choice with solicitors in dealing with these difficult claims.

Serious Personal Injury

Liam has a genuine passion for assisting seriously injured people through the litigation process, and strives tirelessly to achieve the best possible result for injured clients. He is regularly instructed in serious personal injury claims ranging from amputation to brain damage and pain disorders. He is comfortable working in an advisory role, or as part of a larger team and is experienced in both trial, mediation and joint settlement meetings.

Psychiatric Injury Claims

Liam has a passion for claims involving the complex and growing area of pure psychiatric injury. His commitment and enthusiasm to this niche area is underlined by his recent authorship of “a practical guide to psychiatric injury in personal injury claims”. He is a genuine specialist in dealing with claims of nervous shock, primary and secondary victim claims and has a detailed and in-depth knowledge of the practise area. Liam is increasingly sought out for cases where the causation of injury is a issue.

Liam understands that the highly sensitive nature of such claims. He often is sought out of advice at an early stage in such litigations all the way through to trial

Clinical Negligence

Clinical Negligence

Liam has a varied practice in the field of clinical negligence with a focus on representing Claimants. His experience covers actions against NHS trusts, the Ambulance services, private practitioners and international disputes involving practitioners providing negligent care in foreign jurisdictions.

He has acted in a wide spectrum of cases concerning failure to diagnose spinal injuries, cancer and other conditions to the failure to perform competent surgery. He has experience of dealing with not only the immediate physical impact on a Claimant, but also the psychiatric impact of life changing events.

He is often instructed in claims resulting in deformity and scarring and as a result, is experienced and aware of not only the legal complexities, and also the sensitivity needed in such cases.

A growing aspect of his practise which deals with secondary victim claims for bereaved and traumatised family members and this is an area that he is keen to expand his practise in.


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Liam has a broad commercial practice and regularly advises, drafts pleadings and appears in both the County and High Court in a variety of commercial work.

Liam has gathered particular experience of cases where injunctive relief, including spring board relief is sought often arising from the theft, or supposed theft of confidential data. He often works closely with companies who have suffered the loss, or theft of data bases. As a result of this he is experienced in freezing orders, spring board injunctions and other forms of interim relief. He always strives to provide not only sound legal advice, but tactical and commercial advice that has an immediate and practical impact

Before coming to the Bar Liam spent two years working for several city and magic circle law firms on matters which included disputes relating to the Buncefield disaster (largest explosion in the UK in peace time), copyright issues relating to the Star Wars franchise and the construction of Wembley Stadium.


How to get in touch

Albie Barton, Civil Clerk

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