John Ryder QC


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One of very best criminal advocates of his generation. He has a gift for language that he deploys with great skill in his cases, whether it is delivering withering cross-examination or a heartfelt jury speech. I have seen him charm and engage even the hardest of judges, such is his skill.’ Legal 500

Acknowledged by his peers as an advocate of outstanding ability and superb tactical skill, John Ryder QC has consistently been ranked by Chambers & Partners directory as a leading silk. He is described in Chambers & Partners as “very stylish, adaptable and charming, he has everything you would expect from a barrister”.

He is an exceptional cross-examiner and renowned for the persuasive powers of his submissions and final speeches.

“He’s quite mesmerising as an advocate.”

Chambers & Partners

His practice extends over the entire range of serious crime and disciplinary matters both at first instance and in appellant courts. It includes commercial fraud and the representation of solicitors and other professionals accused of criminal offences.

John has appeared in many of the most noteworthy cases of the past decade. He is exceptionally versatile “one of the best silks in the country”, “an absolutely formidable opponent” who has repeatedly achieved notable successes before a range of tribunals. Personally affable and approachable, he encourages participation from all those involved in a case and fosters a strong team spirit. He inspires the full confidence of clients and is notably fearless and uncompromising in the representation of their interests.

“…one of the best jury advocates in the country, by far.”

Chambers & Partners


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