Rabin Kok

Called to the Bar 2021

Rabin practices in civil fraud, insolvency/company litigation, commercial and financial law, and high-value personal bankruptcy. Rabin practices across these areas both in England & Wales and internationally, and is called to the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (British Virgin Islands).


Rabin is a versatile barrister who is equally comfortable working as part of a team or unled. Highlights of Rabin’s led work to date include:

  • Sayacorp BSC v NMC Healthcare Ltd (ongoing) – defending a Bahraini bank against US$850m+ claims in conspiracy and fraudulent trading, in a 4-week trial before the Courts of the Abu Dhabi Global Market (led by Richard Gillis KC and William Willson).
  • Re Avanti Communications Ltd [2023] EWHC 940 (Ch) – Rabin successfully acted for the Lead Secured Creditors in this landmark case, which changed the law on proper characterisation of fixed and floating charges for the first time in 20 years (led by David Allison KC)
  • IS Prime v TF Global Markets (UK) Ltd – defending a prime brokerage in a highly technical 4-week Commercial Court trial of deceit and conspiracy claims relating to forex and index swap trade platforms and execution, and acting in a complex specific disclosure application reported at [2023] 4 WLUK 357 (led throughout by Adam Al Attar)


Highlights of Rabin’s unled work as sole advocate include:

  • Re Time GB (Royale Group) – Rabin successfully obtained (for a creditor owed £57m) the appointment of “conflict” administrators over a company whose financial affairs required urgent investigation, despite opposition from secured creditors and a majority of unsecureds. Rabin also acted in related bankruptcy proceedings against the billionaire Robert Bull.
  • Investec Bank plc v Barclay – Rabin is instructed to advise and act for Investec Bank in its pursuit of a bankruptcy petition against a member of the Barclay family.


Rabin has a busy unled High Court practice beyond this, which has seen him: (successfully) resist applications for urgent proprietary freezing orders, secure administration extension orders (including one of the first known orders for a sanctioned UK company), secure and resist orders restraining winding up petitions, act in applications to set aside statutory demands in bankruptcy, and act for bankruptcy trustees in private examinations.


Before coming to the Bar, Rabin topped his year at Cambridge University and subsequently graduated with a First Class degree in Law and as a Senior Scholar of Peterhouse. He also served as an air defence officer during mandatory military service.

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