“Thank you so much for sharing the great news with me. The word relief does not quite describe my feelings. Thank you for your professionalism and support; and for drawing from the wealth of your experience to give me not only an excellent representation but also reassurance when I needed it.”
"Thank you for your wishes and pleased with the outcome.  Really appreciate your support and timely advice throughout this time."
"Thank you for sharing such a wise advice and guidance. Much appreciate your invaluable support and help."
"You have my profound thanks and gratitude. Without your help it would have not been possible and your support and empathy has been crucial for me. .... Needless to say I am in your debt forever. May God bless you with health and prosperity.  I shall pass your comments onto all staff along with my profound thanks."
"Thank you. Much relieved. Many many thanks for your help and support.  As always I am in your debt of gratitude."
"Thank you very much for your support ... your work seems exactly similar to what a great artist would do to create the right piece."
"Thank you very much for all the support & advise you have been giving me throughout the investigation process. It was lovely to be associated with you."
"Thank you very much for the immense support you have given me throughout the process.  Your advice on positive inactivity definitely worked very well.   Thanks a million for your continuous support throughout."
"The meeting with the MD went well. He was very insightful. And as you predicted he’s happy to go ahead with me.  You’re amazing. Thank you."
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"I cannot thank you enough for your help, support and wise counsel - I am sure that the outcome would not have been so favourable without your help. I will hope that I will never need to retain your services again, but should the need arise again, I would not hesitate to do so."
"I am delighted this extended nightmare is now over and thank both you for bringing it to an end."
"Resolution! True cause for celebration tonight! Many thanks for your support during this tough year... and let's hope we do not have to meet again…!"
"Thank you again for the excellent advice and service provided when my own medical insurance let me down inspite of the fact that I have been with them for 40 years!"
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"I am overwhelmed with joy... I thank you sincerely for making this possible through your massive support and commitment. My wife and indeed my entire family send their regards."
"I am absolutely delighted and wanted to thank you for all your assistance during what has been a very challenging year for me. I will be recommending your services to any of my colleagues if they happen to find themselves in a similar situation."
"Thank you for your help in this matter. I'm so relieved that the words can not describe. As you said, I hope to never go through such a thing in my life again."
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"Just a short note to express my immense thanks for your faith in me and of course your help in this matter."
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"Thank you so much for your guidance/help/support/advice at the most difficult and vulnerable time of my life. You both had shown immense professionalism yet maintaining the human touch. I can't thank you enough."
"I would like to reiterate my thanks to you and your staff for your assistance during the last two and a half years as I navigated my way through the medico legal system. As you are aware the whole situation made me very anxious and stressed at times but you and Andrea were always supportive and patient with me and always happy to explain any situation. It was very reassuring."
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"I wanted to say thank you so much for all of your help and advice over the past few years. I have no doubt that the desired outcome was a result of your professional maneuvering and insight into how these things work. I am grateful to you for putting up with my many annoying questions and regular emails. It is clearly a stressful procedure for a doctor to go through these kind of proceedings and had it not been for your experience I may well have gone crazy. I will of course be highly recommending you to my colleagues who find themselves with a sticky wicket and will continue to sing your praise whilst I recount this ghastly ordeal with those that were aware. I am in debt to your cunning."
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"I would like to thank you for all your help with my case over the last few months. Whilst it has been very difficult your professionalism has been exemplary and I have gained much strength as a result of this."
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"Thanks for your expertise, support and encouragement throughout this unpleasant episode."
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank you personally and the team at Ryan Solicitors for your invaluable help and advice over the past 6 years."
"Thank you for your advice and assistance with this from when I was first referred to the GMC to now. I'd be grateful if you could also pass on my thanks to JH for her excellent and reassuring support."
"Many thanks Michael for the excellent support I received from yourself and the firm."
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"...Thank you for your expert help and support over the last 20 months or so, leading to the successful conclusion of both the police and GMC cases. Thank you in particular for your calm reassurance at the police station, when we first met."
"…when I met JR I realised there was indeed a light at the end of the tunnel. Indeed, his comment was: “there is not just a light, there is a huge spotlight!” His words were phenomenally reassuring."
“The Ryan Solicitors team were truly fantastic and I could not wish for any better representation.”
“I am so grateful to you for your non-judgmental response to my difficulties and for your very expert and knowledgeable approach to the case. I am obviously aware of how fortunate I am to be able to avoid the full process of the GMC and possibly worse."
“It has been an awful time but with your clear instructions and help it has been made easier. I wanted to express my thanks for support.”
"...I must thank you very much for everything you have done. Your skills and professionalism have helped a doctor desperate to get back to his patients, having faced the fear of losing everything altogether.”
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“At a time when I felt most exposed in my professional career you instilled confidence and provided support that allowed me to carry on with a semblance of normality.”
"You were thorough and professional and honest, and because of all that, reassuring.”
"WL has been very professional, engaged thorough and helpful during the conduct of my case. He always addressed my queries/concerns promptly, suggested me to address any gaps and issues in my portfolio, and was very supportive and sympathetic during the course of this hearing."
"I hope never to encounter a similar experience within my professional life but if I did, or a colleague underwent a similar experience, I would recommend EP to represent any doctor in this difficult and challenging situation.”
“Whatever way this case ends, it’s been a pleasure working with your firm and JH. She is always professional, knowledgeable and clearly knows her game well!”
"I hope never to call upon your skills again, but I would do so, if necessary, with the utmost confidence.”
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"Without your dedication, engagement and thorough understand of the case, it would not have been possible to achieve such an exceptional outcome of ‘no action’, following a finding of ‘fitness to practise impairment’ by the GMC.”
"I really appreciated your wholly professional approach, expert advice and support at the IOP hearing. I have absolutely no doubt that I would not have had this positive outcome without your efforts.”

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Michael Ryan

Since 1984 solicitor defending doctors on behalf of the Medical Defence Union in London before moving to Manchester in 1990.  From 1995 headed the MDU’s legal department in Manchester before establishing own firm in 2000.

He has since received instructions for c3000 practitioners in GMC/IOT/MPT cases involving criminal convictions, poor clinical practice, performance, dishonesty, misconduct, sexual misconduct and health.

Current GMC/MPTS cases include acting for Professor Justin Stebbing, Professor of Cancer Medicine and Medical Oncology, during protracted complex investigations concerning innovative treatment of terminally ill patients.

He has represented many doctors at high profile inquiries including Bristol Royal Infirmary 1998-2000 acting for whistleblower, Alder Hey 2001, Toft Inquiry into intrathecal vincristine death QMC 2001, Shipman 2002, Cumbria/BNF 2008, Kennedy into Mr Paterson’s NHS work 2013 and Verita private work 2014.

He has also held appointments as Medical Appeals Tribunal Chairman, Assistant Deputy Coroner and Deputy District Judge.

Recent cases where GMC agreed no further action include:

  • Senior Research Physician with complaints of manipulation of records and bullying of colleague
  • O&G trainee with parallel complaints of sexual assault by penetration during a VE examination of patient and of multiple unprofessional conduct amounting to harassment of student midwife.
  • SHO undertaking private aesthetic services on NHS premises during NHS time.
  • Hepatitis B surgeon undertaking exposure prone procedures after medication exhausted.
  • Allegations of misconduct in parallel job applications and subsequent explanations.
  • Registrar undertaking failed forceps delivery alleged without consent and causing multiple lacerations

Notable cases include:


In May 2019 resisted High Court application by GMC to extend by 12 months IOT conditions causing practitioner financial, academic and reputational harm.  GMC ordered to pay defence costs c£10,000.

R v Paterson

Original investigation by employing Trust which evolved into GMC investigation.  Suspension imposed at 6th IOT hearing.  Spiralled into 400+ civil claims for alleged inappropriate and unnecessary surgery with consequent Kennedy Inquiry and Verita report requested by Spire Healthcare Ltd and criminal proceedings resulting in convictions for wounding with intent x17 and unlawful wounding x3 and GMC erasure.

Edwards v Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Trust

Supreme Court decision on whether damages at large consequent upon summary dismissal in breach of NHS contractual disciplinary procedures.

Powell v Boladz & others

Many overlapping issues including defamation, Articles 6, 8 & 10 of European Convention on Human Rights, civil scope of duty of care, Inquest and criminal investigation into GPs.

R v HM Coroner for North Humberside and Scunthorpe, ex parte Jamieson

Golden rules relating to consideration of medical treatment at Inquests.

R (on the application of Sreedharan) v HM Coroner for the County of Greater Manchester & others

Judicial review application concerning Coroner’s powers to compel evidence.

R v Secretary of State for Health ex parte Lai

Judicial review on natural justice and time limits in dental disciplinary cases.

R v Secretary of State for Health ex parte Johnson

Judicial review of Secretary of State on disciplinary issues for dental practitioner.

R (on the application of El-Baroudy) v General Medical Council

Successful appeal against erasure when not represented.

Ka v GMC

Doctor successfully restored 7 years after erasure for false claims on an application form and CV and forging a reference.

Sy v GMC

Order obtained in Admin Court quashing GMC refusal to accede to half-time submissions.

GMC v Gu

Doctor found guilty of dishonesty by Trust but found not to be impaired at MPTS.

R v Ba

GP accused of indecent assault x21.  Acquitted on all counts and awarded costs. GMC investigation concluded with no further action.

R v Az

GP accused of indecent assault x15.  Acquitted on all counts and awarded costs. GMC performance assessment following which case closed.

R v Sh

GP accused of sexual assault x5 and assault by penetration x2.  Acquitted on all counts and awarded costs.

R v Raj

GP accused of provision of gender TOPs but criminal proceedings discontinued.  At GMC suspended for 3 months.

R v Ra

A&E doctor accused of sexual assault.  Acquitted and awarded costs.  GMC case concluded with no further action.

R v Ah

Locum A&E doctor accused of sexual assault. Acquitted.

R v Va

GP accused of sexual assault x2.  Acquitted and awarded costs.  At GMC found not impaired.

R v Qa

A&E doctor accused of sexual assault.  Acquitted and awarded costs.  At GMC facts not found proved.

R v Ha

GP accused of sexual assault.  Acquitted and awarded costs.  GMC case concluded with no further action.

R v Bh

GP accused of indecent assault x7.  Acquitted on all counts and awarded costs.

R v Sa

GP accused of indecent assault.  Acquitted and awarded costs.

R v Su

GP accused of indecent assault.  Acquitted and awarded costs.  GMC imposed conditions.

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