Rayan has a diverse practice encompassing all areas of Chambers' expertise, with a particular focus on public and human rights law, public international law, commercial law, EU and competition law, media and entertainment, and sanctions. 

Since commencing practice, Rayan has been instructed as junior counsel representing Ed Sheeran in a high profile copyright dispute in relation to the song 'Shape of You', as counsel to the Financial Conduct Authority in market abuse proceedings before the Regulatory Decisions Committee and the High Court, and as counsel to a Part 20 Defendant in proceedings relating to an alleged cartel in the Competition Appeals Tribunal. 

Rayan is also developing a strong public law and human rights practice, and is currently instructed by the claimants in a high profile challenge to the Government's policy of removing asylum seekers from the UK to Rwanda. Other recent highlights include advising a human rights organisation on a sanctions-related matter concerning alleged war crimes, acting for the claimant in a judicial review of a decision of the Financial Ombudsman Service, and advising a public authority in relation to potential litigation concerning the right to peaceful enjoyment of property under Article 1 of the First Protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights. 

Prior to undertaking his pupillage with Blackstone Chambers, Rayan worked as a Research Associate with Legal Agenda in Beirut, where he worked on civil liberties and social justice issues arising from the mass demonstrations of October 2019 and ensuing political crisis in Lebanon. He has been a member of the Legal Agenda General Assembly since October 2020. Rayan has also been a union representative for the Cleaners and Allied Independent Workers Union (CAIWU).

Rayan commenced full-time practice on completion of his pupillage in September 2021.

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Public & Regulatory

Rayan accepts instructions in all areas of public and regulatory law.

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Commercial

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Civil Liberties & Human Rights

Rayan accepts instructions in all areas of civil liberties and human rights law.

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Sanctions

Rayan accepts instructions in all areas of sanctions law.

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Media & Entertainment

Rayan accepts instructions in all areas of media and entertainment law.

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Financial Services & Banking

Rayan accepts instructions in all areas of financial services law. 

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Public International Law

Rayan accepts instructions in all areas of public international law.

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Civil Fraud, Asset Recovery & Injunctive Relief

Rayan accepts instructions in all areas of civil fraud law.

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EU & Competition

Rayan accepts instructions in all areas of EU law.

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Employment

Rayan accepts instructions in all areas of employment law.

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Achievements

Education

  • BA (Hons) Philosophy, Politics & Economics (Oxford, Double First)
  • Graduate Diploma in Law (City, Distinction)
  • Bar Professional Training Course (City, Outstanding)

Awards

  • William Rose Memorial Prize for Excellence in Drafting (BPTC, 2019)
  • Buchanan Prize for Outstanding mark in Bar examinations, Lincoln's Inn (2019)
  • Cassel Scholarship, Lincoln's Inn (2018)
  • BPTC Scholarship, City Law School (2018)
  • Wadham College prize for performance in Final Examinations (results in top 5 of 238 candidates in PPE graduating class of 2017)
  • Takashi Kisaki Prize in Philosophy (2017)


Publications

Separately from his work at the Bar, Rayan regularly writes for various publications (in both English and Arabic) on a range of social, legal, and cultural issues relating to the Middle East.


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