Barry Hoy

“30 years of broad ranging commercial litigation experience enables me to meet all your needs in this field.”

Barry is the head of Robertsons’ Dispute Resolution team and has more than twenty five years’ of commercial litigation experience in Hong Kong.  He has been with the firm since 1990.

Besides his general and well-established practice of acting in court-based commercial disputes for both Plaintiffs and Defendants, Barry also has considerable experience in international arbitrations.

Barry has acted in numerous complex commercial fraud cases, tracing claims, employment disputes, regulatory investigations, and urgent interlocutory applications and remedies.

He has been and is regularly featured and cited in the Hong Kong Publication of “Who’s Who of the Law” and other international publications, such as Chambers Asia Pacific.

He is a Contributing Editor to the Hong Kong Supreme Court Practice (White Book).

He was a member of a Specialist Law Society Appointed Committee advising on Civil Procedure Reforms in Hong Kong and an appointed Panel-Prosecutor for the Law Society of Hong Kong in Disciplinary Proceedings brought against members of the profession.

Barry also sits on a number of disciplinary and appeal panels for Sports Clubs in Hong Kong, has given expert evidence on Hong Kong law issues in legal proceedings conducted in Singapore, and also acts as a (part-time) Law Lecturer at the University of Hong Kong.


  • Leading a team acting for a Hong Kong Listed “Red Chip” Company in relation to Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) and Commercial Crime Bureau (CCB) investigations on allegations of fraud and defalcation of trust. This case involved legal proceedings brought against the Commissioner for Police and Secretary for Justice concerning the scope of search warrants and issues of legal professional privilege, resulting in “break-through” case law developments relating to legal professional privilege in Hong Kong and limited waiver thereof. [CACV 60/2011]
  • Acting for a major international law firm in broad ranging, multiple party litigation and proceedings on issues of fraud, ostensible authority and tracing claims related to knowing receipt and knowing assistance. [HCA 1061 of 2011, HCA 1088 of 2011 & HCA 1167 of 2011]
  • Advising multiple US Plaintiffs in pursuit of remedies and relief following on from US Judgment obtained concerning a multi billion Hong Kong dollar insolvency. [HCCW 177 of 2011]
  • Assisting a NYSE Listed Group of Companies in complex litigation proceedings brought in Hong Kong relating to allegations of breaches of fiduciary duties and employment contracts, the scope of enforceability of restrictive covenants of senior management and restraint of trade issues as well as intellectual property and confidentiality issues.
  • Bringing legal proceedings in Hong Kong for the Hong Kong arm of a US Group of Companies in relation to action pursued against ex-employees concerning breaches of confidentiality, and trade secrets. This case also involved restraining, tracing and Anton Piller injunctive relief. [HCA 1850 of 2007]
  • Advising an owner and founding shareholder of a Japanese owned Hong Kong Company with significant manufacturing interests in the PRC in relation to Board disputes leading to multi-jurisdictional legal proceedings.
  • Pursuing double derivative legal proceedings in Hong Kong on behalf of a Malaysian shareholder of a listed Hong Kong company with significant real estate holdings and ventures in the PRC.
  • Leading a team advising and representing two Banks in Hong Kong dealing with Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) and SFC investigations and interviews, arising from the notorious allegations of mis-selling of Lehman Mini-Bonds.
  • Pursuing fraud and tracing claims concerning misappropriations from a world renowned business, operating principally out of Singapore, involving a whole raft of interlocutory injunction applications and orders, and associated orders and remedies, including Norwich Pharmacal disclosure orders.
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Speaks English, Spanish and Japanese


  • Bachelor of Laws, Liverpool (JM) University, England
  • Solicitor, England and Wales (1983)
  • Solicitor, Hong Kong (1985)