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Ryan Turner

Call 2017


Ryan has a broad commercial and commercial chancery practice with an emphasis on disputes involving civil fraud, company and insolvency law, contract law, charity law, and public or private international law. He regularly works with Leaders both in and out of Chambers and welcomes instructions as sole Counsel or as part of a Counsel team.

Ryan's recent and current work includes:

  • acting as junior counsel on behalf of the primary respondent in the Supreme Court in Re The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (UK); Cooper v Lehtimäki.  This appeal concerned questions as to the scope of the Court’s jurisdiction in respect of charities and the accuracy of characterising the members of a charitable company as fiduciaries.
  • acting as junior counsel or, where the proceedings are abroad, assisting leading counsel in multiple cases involving allegations of fraud, conspiracy, and other wrongs.
  • appearing on behalf of parties seeking or resisting interim remedies, such as injunctions, and orders to facilitate the enforcement of judgments.

Although not all of Ryan’s cases proceed to litigation or judgment, recent reported cases include:

  • Hanson v Carlino [2019] EWHC 1940 (Ch), which involved successful claims against a director and related parties for misappropriating company property.
  • Goldman v Zurich Insurance Plc [2020] EWHC 192 (TCC), which proceedings concern claims of unlawful means conspiracy and fraud based on the (alleged) unlawful certification of a development.
  • HML PM Ltd v Canary Riverside Estate Management Ltd [2019] EWHC 3496 (QB), which involved the successful defence of an interim confidentiality injunction, after which the proceedings were discontinued.

Alongside his busy practice, Ryan is currently writing a book on commercial law and remedies to be published later this year.

Prior to joining Chambers, Ryan practised as a solicitor at a leading commercial law firm in Australia, where his practice involved a mixture of contentious and non-contentious commercial law, as well as an extensive pro bono practice.  Ryan has also previously worked in politics in Australia and the United States and in the non-government sector.


Ryan graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Arts (History; Politics) and a Bachelor of Laws, both with first class honours, and Trinity College, University of Cambridge with a Master of Laws, first class honours, and a Postgraduate Diploma of Legal Studies. Ryan was elected a Senior Scholar of Trinity College and has been awarded a range of prizes and scholarships, including the Banking and Financial Services Law Association Research Prize and the Law Council of Australia’s Santow Scholarship.

Articles & Publications

Ryan has published articles in the Company LawyerCompany & Securities Law Journal, the Journal of Banking and Finance Law and Practice, Trusts & Trustees, Trust Law International, The University of New South Wales Law Journal, the Melbourne Journal of International Law, and The Australian Journal of Political Science on a range of topics. His writings include articles on:

  • the ability of shareholders to pass resolutions informally in accordance with the Re Duomatic principle in circumstances where shares are held on trust and a corporate shareholder has been dissolved: ‘Re-writing the Rules of Company Law and Equity: a case comment’ (2017) 38(7) Company Lawyer 219;
  • the test for an ad-hoc fiduciary relationship and its application to the members of charitable companies: ‘The “Fiduciary” Member of a Charitable Company’ (2018) 24(9) Trusts & Trustees 869; and
  • the proper approach to the construction of powers granted to non-fiduciaries under trust deeds: ‘Is the Power to Appoint a Trustee a Fiduciary Power in the Hands of a Non-fiduciary?’ (2018) 32(3) Trust Law International 163.