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Barry Coffey


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Barry is a Partner in the Fraud and Dispute Resolution department.

Barry acts for high-net worth individuals, governments, insolvency practitioners and large companies.

Commercial Litigation – He acts for individuals and international corporates in a range of commercial, contractual and cross border disputes.

Asset Recovery – He undertakes investigations to identify whether his clients have been the victims of fraud, obtains injunctive relief to protect assets and pursues litigation and enforcement action on behalf of clients all around the world. 

Defence - He acts for defendants accused of fraud and other financial wrongdoing, as well as those responding to injunctions.

He has particular experience:

  • obtaining documents and information via the Norwich Pharmacal and Bankers Trust jurisdictions, the Evidence (Proceedings in Other Jurisdictions) Act 1975 and Section 1782 of Title 28 of the United States Code;
  • obtaining worldwide freezing orders, search orders and computer imaging orders in England & Wales, Hong Kong and in other common law jurisdictions;
  • leading investigations for insolvency practitioners (in particular, using the powers available pursuant to s234, s235 & s236 of the Insolvency Act 1986);
  • litigating claims founded in the torts of conspiracy and deceit, breaches of contract, breach of directors and fiduciary duty and breach of trust;
  • pursuing enforcement steps in England and around the world (including taking possession of real estate, delivery up of valuable chattels such as yachts and supercars, and the winding up of corporate entities).

Key Experience

  • Acting for the Administrators of London Capital & Finance PLC (investigating the collapse of LCF in circumstances where it owes creditors in excess of £230million)
  • Acting for the Department of Foreign Affairs of a large European nation (investigating the suspected fraudulent activity of a counterparty)
  • Acting for a high-net-worth individual in a US$6billion claim involving a Kazakh State Owned Enterprise (BTA Bank v Mukhtar Ablyazov)
  • Acting for a Saudi company and a Bahraini investment bank in a claim worth US$1 billion (Dar Al Arkan v Al Refai)
  • Acting for an individual in proceedings brought by an international bank (defending a claim worth £20m)
  • Acting for a FTSE 100 pharmaceutical company (in a claim subject to a group litigation order involving over 500 claimants)
  • Acting for an individual in judicial review proceedings (relating to the execution of search warrants by the Metropolitan Police Service)
  • Seconded to a FTSE 100 mining company (assisting with the management of a Serious Fraud Office investigation relating to activity in Kazakhstan and across Africa)
  • Seconded to a FTSE 100 fast moving consumer goods company (assisting with internal fraud investigations relating to activity across Eastern Europe and Africa)

Career History

Partner, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Managing Associate, Addleshaw Goddard LLP
The University of Nottingham, (MRes) Politics and International Relations

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