Barry Isaacs QC QC 2011, Called to the Bar 1994

Barry specialises in insolvency and restructuring, banking and finance, commercial litigation and arbitration, and company law. He is an Associate of the Society of Actuaries and has particular expertise in cases of financial complexity. He often appears as an advocate or expert in overseas jurisdictions.

Barry has appeared in numerous substantial and high-profile cases in the Supreme Court/House of Lords (eg Lehman Brothers (Waterfall), Nortel (Expenses), Rubin/New Cap Reinsurance, Sigma Finance, Mainstream Properties, Three Rivers v Bank of England), in the Court of Appeal (eg Prudential/Rothesay, Rosesilver v Paton, Woolworths, Davenham Trust, FKI v Stribog, Golden Key, Whistlejacket Capital, OT Computers), and at first instance, including several major trials and arbitrations. The Bar Guides describe Barry as “incredibly impressive” and “a great advocate, both orally and on paper”, his cross-examination as “astounding”, and his courtroom presence as “devastatingly effective”.

Other recent cases of note include Premier Oil, Debenhams, Intu, Castle Trust, VB Football Assets v Blackpool Football Club, HSBC (ring-fencing scheme), Noble Group, Carillion, International Bank of Azerbaijan, Ve Interactive, Orion Insurance, Stemcor, APCOA Parking, MF Global, Punch Taverns, Travelodge, BTA Bank v Ablyazov.

Recent cases in overseas jurisdictions include (in the Cayman Islands) Sky Solar, Qunar, Abraaj CapitalNord Anglia, Platinum Partners, China Branding, Weavering Macro Fixed Income Fund, Eurasia Drilling, Homeinns Hotel Group, Pacific Harbor Asia Fund, CHC Group, Primeo Fund, FFC Fund, China Fishery Group, Sterling Macro Fund, Caledonian Bank; (in Bermuda) Caroline Bay, VL Insurance, Lehman Re, Saab Financial (Bermuda), Millennium Asset Management, KIC; (in the British Virgin Islands) Chagala Group, Kaupthing, Monarch Pointe Fund, Thema Fund; (in the Bahamas) British American Insurance; (in Hong Kong) Noble Group, Mongolian Mining Corporation; (in the DIFC) Abraaj Capital; and (as an expert in proceedings in New York) Hellas Telecommunications v TPG, Mill Financial v Hicks, and Deutsche Bank v Serengeti.

Barry was named as Chambers and Partners Insolvency/Restructuring QC of the Year 2013. He is recommended in the Bar Guides as a leading silk in insolvency and restructuring; banking and finance; company and partnership and offshore. Barry is described as “highly rated for his tremendous work rate, his exhaustive knowledge of insolvency law and his excellent client-facing skills”, “incredibly knowledgeable, insightful and commercial, practical and very user-friendly”,  and “one of the smartest and also nicest people you could ever hope to work with”. Barry is highly recommended for structured finance, insurance and insolvency issues, and praised for his important work on cross-border insolvency.

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