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Ryan Hocking accepts instructions in all areas of Hardwicke’s work, and has a particular interest in commercial and insolvency disputes.

During pupillage, Ryan gained experience in a variety of Hardwicke’s practice areas, including insolvency, professional negligence, partnerships, property, and financial regulation.  He has also worked on cases involving cross-border disputes, company law, and assignment of debt.

Prior to commencing pupillage, Ryan worked as a solicitor’s agent, appearing in the County Court on a wide range of matters including in possession proceedings, bankruptcy petitions, case management hearings, and Small Claims trials.

Ryan read English Language & Literature at the University of Oxford before completing the GDL.  He has a keen interest in the use of trusts in commercial contexts, having achieved the joint highest examination result in the university in the ‘Commercial Equity’ paper on the LLM.

Recent case

Ryan was involved in the landmark cases of Cavendish Square Holding BV v Talal El Makdessi and ParkingEye Ltd v Beavis [2015] UKSC 67.

These appeals gave the Supreme Court the first opportunity to review the law on penalties since the famous case of Dunlop Pneumatic Tyre Co Ltd v New Garage & Motor Co. Ltd [1915] A.C. 847 decided almost exactly 100 years ago.

Ryan Hocking, John de Waal QC and David Lewis acted on this case pro bono for the appellant Mr Beavis.


LLM – Wolfson College, University of Cambridge
BPTC – City Law School
GDL – Oxford Brookes University
BA (English Language & Literature) – Jesus College, University of Oxford

Scholarships and prizes

Jennings Prize (Wolfson College, Cambridge) for LLM examinations
Paul Methven Scholarship (Inner Temple) for the BPTC
Exhibition Award (Inner Temple) for the BPTC
Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Scholarship (Inner Temple) for the BPTC
Viscount Sankey Scholarship (Jesus College, Oxford) for the BPTC
Exhibition Award (Inner Temple) for the GDL
College Scholarship (Jesus College, Oxford)

Professional Associations

Commercial Bar Association

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Ryan enjoys skiing, films, and stand-up comedy.  He is also a fan of Formula 1, and likes to spend his free time playing the guitar or reading a good book.