Ryan Mowat


Dispute Resolution

"He is a top-tier solicitor, he is exceptionally good. He makes sure he is on top of every tiny detail and leaves no stone unturned. He thinks of things two steps ahead of everybody else”

Chambers and Partners High Net Worth Guide 2020

"He is really good when there is a commercial element to a trust or probate dispute...a master strategist and really knows his law”.

Chambers and Partners High Net Worth Guide, 2020

Ryan joined Kingsley Napley’s Dispute Resolution Team in July 2010 and became a Partner in May 2012. He acts for private individuals and businesses in a wide range of disputes. 

Ryan leads our highly rated Contentious Trusts and Probate team and he also frequently acts for a number of clients in the media, sport and entertainment industry. 

Ryan has a vast amount of experience acting in high value and complex litigation. He recently acted for Genting Casinos in the landmark Supreme Court win against Phil Ivey, in what was described as the biggest case ever involving the gambling industry and in which the longstanding criminal legal test for dishonesty was overturned. Ryan also acted for Rangers Football Club in the widely reported High Court dispute with Sports Direct. He is currently acting in a number of complex disputes relating to trusts and estates and civil fraud, often multi-jurisdictional.

Ryan is consistently recognised in the legal directories, including Chambers & Partners and Legal 500, for his expertise as a litigator. He also received the prestigious accolade of being named The Times Lawyer of the Week in November 2017

Ryan has a broad litigation practice including:

  • Contentious Trusts and Probate
  • Civil Fraud
  • Commercial and Contract disputes
  • Shareholder and Boardroom disputes
  • Professional Negligence claims
  • Reputation and Media

Ryan is also an accredited mediator and member of the ADR Group’s panel.

Recent work

  • Acting for beneficiaries and personal representatives in a wide range of inheritance and probate claims, including cases where wills have been challenged on the grounds of forgery, incapacity or undue influence or because they have not been validly executed.
  • Acting for trustees, beneficiaries and others in connection with disputes over trusts including making associated applications to court.
  • Bringing and defending unfair prejudice claims and breach of duty claims for and against directors and dealing with/acting in disputes involving fall outs between partners, directors and shareholders.
  • Acting in a wide variety of contractual disputes relating to the supply of goods and services, implied terms, enforceability of standard terms and conditions, exclusion clauses and unfair terms, restrictive convenants, risk and retention of title clauses and delivery and rejection of goods.
  • Acting in a substantial number of successful professional negligence claims against solicitors, accountants, architects, surveyors, fund managers, IFA’s and insurance brokers.
  • Acting for clients in disputes over ownership of land or property, particularly beneficial interest and trusts of land disputes
  • Acting for high profile clients in the media, sport and entertainment industry, including advising on defamation, internet libel, harassment and privacy law.
  • Acting for individuals and businesses in disputes with financial institutions in relation to the mis-selling of complex financial products and for investors against hedge fund managers in respect of the mis-management of funds and breaching investment mandates.
  • Acting for clients bringing and defending claims for negligent and fraudulent misrepresentation.
  • Acting for a group of Saudi Arabian companies in multi-million pound litigation concerning allegations of fraud, bribery and breach of fiduciary duties.
  • Acting for clients obtaining or opposing freezing injunctions.
  • Acting for companies defending allegations of fraud, conspiracy, deceit, knowing receipt, dishonest assistance and unjust enrichment and assisting with civil aspects of any resulting company investigation.

What clients and directories have said

"the most valuable thing he did was to be able to see the big picture. He made sure the client got what he wanted to achieve. He has great commercial awareness"

Chambers UK High Net Worth, 2017

"easy to deal with, efficient and knows his stuff."    

Chambers UK, 2016

"tactically astute"

Chambers UK, 2016

"very savvy"

Legal 500, 2016

"throws his heart and soul into his clients’ cases and knows when to fight and when to settle" 

Legal 500, 2016

"gets results"

Legal 500, 2016

"He is very good at the strategy of running litigation - almost the psychology behind litigation."

Chambers UK, 2015

...fantastic for strategy...

Legal 500 UK, 2015

Clients of Kingsley Napley LLP can draw on the expertise of the 'flawless' Ryan Mowat"  

 Legal 500 UK, 2014

savvy litigator, with good commercial awareness

Legal 500 UK, 2014

''Someone you want on your side''    

 Legal 500 UK, 2014

"Very good with clients" and has "a lot of common sense." His practice covers disputes in the sport, media and entertainment arenas.'

Chambers UK, 2014

"responsible for coming in and really growing this area at the firm"

Legal 500 UK, 2014

"Mowat gives robust advice and is not afraid of the fight'.

Legal 500 UK, 2014 

"He is hailed by sources as "dynamic," "good with clients" and  "highly tenacious - he won't let the other side off the hook."'

Chambers UK, 2013


Professional societies and memberships

  • Law Society
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Group (ADR) - Accredited Mediator and member of the ADR Group panel
  • Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS)
  • Professional Negligence Lawyers Association (PNLA)
  • London Solicitors Litigation Association (LSLA)


What always strikes me is his ability with clients; he just oozes confidence and clients just adore him. He will give stark advice in such a way that they just lap it up."

Chambers and Partners UK High Net Worth, 2017

tenacious and shrewd when dealing with other parties"

Chambers and Partners UK Guide, 2018

"Practice head Ryan Mowat continues to attract complex and varied work including an increasing proportion of work involving fraud or with offshore elements"

Legal 500 UK, 2019

"loves nothing better than turning a difficult case into a winner"

Legal 500 UK, 2019

"one of the best all-round litigators currently in practice"

Legal 500 UK, 2019

Mowat’s "commercial background brings some really fresh perspectives to the way he approaches cases in this field"

Chambers UK High Net Worth, 2018

"a cracking litigator" who has been "massively successful in recent cases." 

Chambers UK High Net Worth, 2018

"a particularly skilled negotiator."

Chambers UK High Net Worth, 2018

"He can see the wood for the trees and the best way forward for clients."

Chambers UK, 2017

"a big hitter in this area who really knows his stuff." 

Chambers UK High Net Worth, 2017

"Clients have a lot of faith in him."
Chambers UK, 2017

"He is very good at managing case costs, and is very focused and very diligent."

Chambers UK, 2017

"stays one step ahead of the other side"

Legal 500, 2017

a huge amount of litigation experience and therefore great technical and tactical acumen"

Legal 500, 2017

"tactically astute"

Chambers UK, 2016

"He is very good at the strategy of running litigation - almost the psychology behind litigation."

Chambers UK, 2015

"very good with clients and has a lot of common sense." His practice covers disputes in the sport, media and entertainment arenas.

Chambers UK, 2014

Related Services


The vote in favour of the UK leaving the European Union has created uncertainty and given rise to a lot of unanswered questions.

Civil Fraud and Investigations

The international nature of commerce and growing reliance on electronic communications mean that the number and value of fraud claims is rising.

Commercial and Contract Disputes

Corporate disputes can be stressful, disruptive and damaging. We provide tactical and strategic advice to businesses and individuals.

Contractual Matters

Negotiation is always fraught with potential traps. We'll help you avoid the pitfalls.

Dealing with an Investigation

Under investigation? We ensure you have the specialist, strategic advice to help you manage.

Dealing with Disputes and Claims

Every dispute is different. We’ll help you see what "winning" looks like, and how to get there.

Defending an Allegation

Someone has made an allegation against you. What is the first thing you do?

Dispute Resolution

Dealing with a dispute professionally and commercially takes skill. We assist and support our clients with both legal knowledge and strategy.


When fraud occurs the first steps are critical. Our unparalleled expertise will show you how to act.


If you need to prevent the loss of an asset, damage to reputation, or protect against personal harm, it may be necessary to apply for an injunction.

International and Cross-Border Disputes

When disputes involve individuals or organisations in different countries, those involved often face an array of complex issues in various jurisdictions.

Professional Negligence

Our experienced team of litigators act for claimants in bringing claims against professionals when they get it wrong.

Reputation and Media

Protecting our clients’ reputation and maintaining control when they are the subject of media scrutiny is what we do.

Shareholder and Boardroom Disputes

When individuals fall out in business it can have devastating consequences. Our litigation team has extensive experience in resolving disputes.


Kingsley Napley has a long history of representing high profile individuals, teams and regulators within the sports industry.

Wills, Trusts and Inheritance Disputes

Bringing or defending disputes over wills, trusts and estates is especially demanding. Seeking expert legal advice at an early stage is crucial.

Insight from Ryan

View all


Protecting vulnerable will makers – will the Law Commission review go far enough?

Proprietary Estoppel Claims – 2016 Case Update (Part 2)

Proprietary Estoppel Claims - 2016 Case Update (Part 1)

High Net Worth Individuals - Protecting Financial Information

The rise and fall of privacy injunctions

Professional negligence claims – trends in 2013

Invalid Wills – the challenge of proving lack of ‘testamentary capacity’

Celebrity photographs in public places - where is the privacy line?

Embarrassing photos: Mr RocknRoll wins privacy battle with the Sun

Will Forgery Claims: The 2015 Lowdown

Inheritance disputes are hardly the preserve of the few

Tackling online harassment – a step in the right direction

Protecting the financial information of high net worth individuals

Famous painters and secret trusts

Inheritance dispute: Will not suspicious enough for the court

Anti-social media – how the law can tackle online abuse and harassment

Image Rights - big business in sport

Claims against banks – your 10 point guide

Twitter users - how to avoid ending up in court

Suspicious Wills: the rise of ‘want of knowledge and approval’ claims?

Tabloids 1 Rio 0 - recent ruling on privacy laws

Close Load more

Contact Ryan

+44 (0)20 7814 1238


Skip to content Home About Us Insights Services Contact Accessibility