Sean Ryan LLM, LLB, BSc, GradDipLP
Our team is led by Principal Lawyer Sean Ryan, who has 20 years of experience in providing legal advice and representation to clients in government, industry and community sectors.
“As a child I watched my local bushland cleared for development and learnt about global impacts of climate change. Now, as a parent, I am committed to helping find ways we can care for each other’s needs as a society without compromising the environment we leave for our children and grandchildren.
I have learnt about the environment through the lenses of law, science, economics and culture. I have worked on our relationship to the natural world in the public sector (in Queensland Government) private sector (at a top-tier private law firm) and community sector (at the Environmental Defenders Office – EDO).
For over 10 years at EDO I ran public interest climate litigation for clients in the Queensland Land Court, Supreme Court of Queensland, Queensland Appeal Court, Federal Court, Federal Appeal Court and High Court. This culminated in the first ever refusal of a coal mine on climate and human rights grounds in Australia.
Helping my clients achieve their aims to protect culture and nature for future generations is incredibly rewarding.
Working with First Nations clients, I have come to appreciate that we have a lot to learn from the world’s oldest living cultures about how to live sustainably on this continent.
I also saw the opportunity to create something new, a specialist environmental law firm that balances commercial return with public interest outcomes while putting clients and the administration of justice first. Ninox Law aims to break from the typical models of law firms to create a small, nimble firm that is place based and client focused, protecting our environment by empowering those that care for nature with affordable legal services.” Sean Ryan, Principal Lawyer
“Sean Ryan is an exceptional environmental lawyer and an outstanding manager able to lead teams working on multiple, complex cases spanning different jurisdictions. He is meticulous and hardworking but, more than that, he is a strategic litigator, able to identify cases worth running from those that aren’t. He is calm and measured under the intense pressure of high-profile litigation. He is also a pleasure to work with and cares greatly for the lawyers working for him, encouraging them not only to work hard and show initiative, but also to balance their work for long-term success.” – Dr Chris McGrath, barrister-at-law.