Cathy Ryan

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Highly experienced defence counsel with particular expertise in serious sexual offences and organised crime.

Cathy is a robust and conscientious defender who has represented clients charged with a wide range of offences including murder, attempted murder, manslaughter, rape, child sex offences, kidnap, blackmail and people trafficking.  She has an excellent rapport with clients including very young defendants and those with psychiatric or other mental health issues.

Recent cases which attracted media attention include the first UK case where a man has been accused of holding his wife in slavery, a “spiritual healer” charged with rape and fraud offences and a man accused of the attempted murder of his ex-girlfriend whom he had met in her professional capacity as a sex worker.

Cathy is a member of the Criminal Bar Association and South Eastern Circuit.

She is a registered pupil supervisor and vulnerable witness training facilitator.