Ryan Williams

Ryan Williams

Ryan Williams

Litigation Associate - Date of Qualification: January 2013

Particular areas of expertise:

Commercial Litigation

Property Litigation

Landlord and Tenant

Contentious Probate

Insolvency

Defamation of Character

Ryan joined the firm as an associate solicitor in April 2019. He qualified with a corporate city firm working in the commercial litigation team, and has extensive experience of property litigation, commercial litigation, contentious probate and insolvency after working for a large firm in the East London area.

Ryan has a wide-ranging practice encompassing most aspects of commercial, property, and “modern chancery” litigation. Ryan also has strong expertise in domestic and international insolvency. His cases range from small matters in the County Courts and other Tribunals, to multi-million pound disputes in the High Court and overseas. He has a growing portfolio of commercial matters and his work often has an international flavour. He combines intellectual rigour and attention to detail with a down-to-earth, common sense approach to litigation.

Much of Ryan’s work cuts across traditionally-defined disciplines, and as a result he is often praised for his ability to ‘think outside the box’. Whilst a fierce litigator, he is ever conscious of the practical and commercial needs of clients, and is regularly instructed to assist in Mediations and other forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Ryan frequently advises on complex litigation, and has a great deal of experience in the Court of Appeal. Ryan has worked on numerous high profile cases and his experience far exceeds his years of call as a solicitor. Ryan is very dedicated and will go out of his way to ensure that his clients receive the best possible outcome.    

Notable/reported cases

Hanina v McSpadden and others [2017] County Court at Central London.

The Court determined that each of the parking spaces in a development of three properties in Hampstead, London should be 2.1m wide as was argued by Ryan, on behalf of his client, throughout. Acting for the Third Party, Ryan also successfully argued that they had acquired rights to use a communal bin store situated on the Defendant’s land by the law of prescription. The Court also addressed issues relating to the construction of a restrictive covenant and dismissed claims for damages against Ryan’s client for trespass in relation to the use of the forecourt. 

Link to newspaper article: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/22/car-park-aint-big-enough-three-us-finance-boss-doctor-andbankers/

E-Clear (UK) Plc (In Liquidation) v Elias Elia, Ian Defty (2012) High Court of Justice

The High Court granted summary judgment where it had been clear beyond doubt that defences to a company's proprietary claim would fail as even if it could have been established that company funds used to purchase property had been repayments for funds personally loaned to the company, it was not possible to set off those amounts against the company's continuing proprietary claim.

E-Clear (UK) Plc v Elias Elia & Ors (2013) Court of Appeal 

The Court of Appeal overturned the decision of the High Court. Ryan acted for the appellant, Mrs Elia, who appealed against a declaration made on an application for summary judgment ([2012] EWHC 1256 (Ch)) that the respondent limited company (E) was the beneficial owner of 35.5 per cent of a London flat and against an order for its sale.

E processed credit card payments and had been profitable. Mrs Elia’s son, Mr Elia, was a director and beneficial owner of E who had caused it to pay a 10 per cent deposit on the £4 million flat. The remainder was funded by a mortgage and the flat was registered in R1's name. Some six months later, Mr Elia assigned his interest to Mrs Elia for £25,000 subject to the existing mortgage and a personal loan of £785,000. The subsequent failure of two of E's customers left it liable to cover chargebacks of some £57 million and E was placed in administration. The administrators sought to recover a total of £4.206 million, alleged to have been paid by E to Mr Elia in breach of his fiduciary duties. Mr Elia maintained that the payments had been made while E was solvent and in repayment of director's loans he had made to it.

Ryan, on behalf of Mrs Elia, contended that the orders had been made before disclosure and oral evidence and that she had a realistic prospect of defending the claim on the basis that no breach of fiduciary duty had been involved in Mr Elia’s purchase of the flat with monies paid to him by the Company.

The Court held that whether the payments were a preference and whether Mr Elia had acted in breach of fiduciary duty were tied up with the question of E's solvency and should be investigated at trial. The judge had been wrong to find E's insolvency was beyond reasonable doubt. He could not have been sufficiently certain that E had been either insolvent, or on the brink of insolvency, when the money had been paid to Mr Elia and that Mr Elia had been aware of pending insolvency at the time. Although the contemporary management accounts had provided strong evidence that E had been balance sheet insolvent, an excess of liabilities over assets was not a bar to E continuing to trade, provided that its liabilities could be met as they fell due. Mrs Elia had been entitled to rely on the survival of E for a further year as evidence that it had the necessary financial support to continue and that might have justified Mr Elia in taking an optimistic view of the future. Those were issues for a trial and not for a Part 24 application (see para.30 of judgment). Appeal allowed

Wiseman –V- Sullivan 2013 – High Court

Ryan represented a senior partner of a law firm whose former client, a property millionaire, parked his Range Rover outside the client’s office. The car had various placards which made libellous comments against Ryan’s client.This matter was a high profile libel matter.

The High Court heard the Defendant read out an apology to Ryan’s client and also approved a settlement whereby the Defendant agreed to pay Ryan’s client substantial damages.

Link to newspaper article: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2152325/Solicitor-wins-libel-action-millionaire-accused-charging-thousands-fees-playing-golf-posting-offensive-notes-Range-Rover.html

R (Vuciterni and Alsat UK Ltd) v Brent Magistrates Court and Brent and Harrow Trading Standards Service [2012] EWCA 2140 (Admin)

The Administrative Court quashed a warrant which had been issued by a magistrate allowing its officers to enter home of Ryan’s client and his company's business premises in order to search for evidence of sale of satellite decoder cards imported from Albania

The trading standards officer who had applied for the warrant had alleged that Mr Vuciterni (Ryan’s client) was guilty of offences of dealing in unauthorised decoder cards contrary to section 297A of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 but had failed to make the magistrate aware of the decisions of the High Court Chancery Division (Kitchin J), of the High Court (Administrative Court), or of the Opinion of the Advocate General in FAPL v QC Leisure/Murphy v Media Protection Services Joined Cases C-403/08 & C-429/08, all of which indicated that using a lawfully issued satellited decoder card in a different country contrary to the wishes of the broadcaster or its licensors would not amount to an offence under section 297A.

Ryan Williams has been my representative for only a short period, in this time, he has exhibited reliability and professionalism at all times. I felt confident in the delegation of my case considering the difficult position we have been in. He has never disappointed in his approach. The quality of the work has been outstanding and Mr Williams has gone above and beyond his duties to help in my case. I would be happy to add more if required. As this feedback does not do justice to how much Mr Williams has helped us.

Ryan Williams Litigation Associate. A professional that is passionate about his work.When all had failed, he became my Advocate to a High Court Judge defending my family in the face of my adversity he prevailed without a thought for himself to save my family. I believe that I was witness to a truly defining moment in Mr Williams legal career. A triumphant and bold solicitor. I would recommend Mr Williams and TV Edwards, they are legal giants. Thank you.