Barrie Barlow, S.C. has been practising as an advocate for over 30 years, accumulating along the way a wide breadth of experience in all the principal areas of litigation. He combines a strong interest in the law with a practical curiosity for the facts and a zeal for the contest. He enjoys trials but his experience includes areas as diverse as public law and real property appeals in the Privy Council; company, tax and other appeals in the Court of Final Appeal; banking, securities, insurance, corporate rescue, commercial fraud, estate and probate appeals in the Court of Appeal; corporate fraud trials for liquidators and others plus a diverse range of civil trials, public law trials, trials of real property proceedings, a wide range of company law and liquidation proceedings, innumerable tax appeals, plus matrimonial property proceedings in the Court of First Instance; and a range of arbitration and tribunal cases - which is reflected in over 150 reported cases. He also sits as an Arbitrator. He has given expert evidence on Hong Kong’s banking, company and taxation law in Courts in the U.S.A., U.K. and Australia. He is regularly called upon to speak on company law and taxation law.
Barrie Barlow SC of Des Voeux Chambers is identified by interviewees both as "one of the busiest silks in Hong Kong" and as "a fearless advocate" whose "willingness to fight his client's corner" constitutes his "greatest strength." His careful preparation, determination "to leave no stone unturned" and expert trial craft are all also singled out for specific praise. Active across the commercial and public law spectrum, and in taxation and real property cases, he appeared for one of the respondents in The Liquidator of Wing Fai Construction v Yip Kwong Robert and Others, a High Court case which helped clarify the law concerning misfeasance claims against the directors of liquidated companies.
Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific (2019)
Barrie Barlow SC of Des Voeux Chambers is characterised by more than one source as a “very tenacious” and “very forceful advocate” who “will fight to the utmost for his client,” and is admired for his ability to “take on difficult cases and turn them into winners.” His impressively broad practice embraces expertise in commercial, public and taxation law and experience accumulated in many jurisdictions over more then 40 years, and he has lately been particularly active in cases involving corruption, insolvency and loan-related issues.
Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific (2018)
“Barrie Barlow SC of Des Voeux Chambers is “always well liked by clients, who enjoy his tenacious approach to matters.” He is frequently instructed to act on matters of public and constitutional law and offers valuable qualifications to practise in England and Wales and New Zealand.”
Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific (2016)
Company and Securities Law:
- Active Base Ltd v. Liquidators of Moulin Global Eyecare Ltd (2009) 12 HKCFAR 621
- Re Legend International Resorts Ltd  3 HKC 565
- Credit Lyonnais v. S.K. Global HK Ltd  4 HKC 104
- SFC v. Mandarin Resources Corp Ltd and Chim Pui Chang  1 HKC 214
- COSCO v. Mitrans Shipping Co Ltd  3 HKC 123
- Cheng v. Panel on Takeovers and Mergers  1 HKC 413
- Wah Nam Holdings Ltd v. Excel Noble Ltd  3 HKC 118.
- Bicoastal Corp v. Shinwa Co Ltd  1 HKLR 65.
- Nissei Sangyo America Ltd v. Choy  2 HKC 173.
- Mandarin Resources Corp Ltd v. Cheng Heng Soon David and others  1 HKLR 108.
- Shui On Credit Co Ltd v. CIR (2009) 12 HKCFAR 392.
- Ngai Lik Electronics Co Ltd v. CIR (2009) 12 HKCFAR 296.
- ING Baring Securities (HK) Ltd v. CIR (2007) 10 HKCFAR 417.
- Emerson Radio Corporation v. CIR  HKC 238.
- Orion Caribbean Ltd v. CIR  1 HKC 505.
- CIR v. Swire Pacific Ltd  HKLR 612.
Banking and Insurance Law:
- Zanda Investment Ltd v.
Bank of America 2 HKC 409.
- Murjani v. Bank of India  1 HKLR 586.
- Grand Union Insurance Co v. Pennsylvania Insurance Co  2 HKLR 574.
- HSBC v. Attorney General  HKLR 211.
Public and Constitutional Law:
- The Democratic Republic of the Congo and others v. FG Hemisphere Associates LLC (FACV No.s 5-7 of 2010; 8.6.2011).
- Attorney General of Hong Kong v. Ng Yuen-Shui  2 AC 629.
- Hang Wah Chong Co Ltd v. Attorney General of Hong Kong  1 WLR 1141.
- In re Golden Wall Shirts Factory Ltd and the Director of Trade Industry and Customs  HKLR 144.