Stuart Isaacs QC joins to boost BLP’s commercial disputes and arbitration capabilities

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has hired Stuart Isaacs QC as its new Head of Advocacy. Stuart is one of London’s leading barristers. He was the first London QC to be authorised by the Singapore Attorney General to practise as a foreign lawyer in Singapore. In addition to his London Chambers, Stuart has had his own office in Singapore since 2008. He is also an internationally recognised arbitrator.

He has represented clients in many significant court cases and arbitrations around the world, including over 20 cases in the European Court of Justice. He is a Deputy High Court Judge in England and a member of the New York Bar. Outside the UK and Singapore, he has worked on cases both as counsel and as arbitrator in many overseas jurisdictions, including Australia, Bermuda, Canada, the Caribbean, Dubai, France, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Nigeria and Switzerland.

He focuses on major banking and financial disputes, the insurance and energy sectors, EU and international trade issues, and cases involving civil fraud, professional negligence and insolvency. He acts for banks and financial institutions, multinational companies, professional firms, high net worth individuals, governments and government agencies, and various trade bodies.

As BLP’s Head of Advocacy, Stuart will continue to act as counsel for his existing clients and accept arbitral appointments. He will also provide a high quality advocacy service and on going advice to BLP’s clients. In addition, he will support the training and development of the firm’s contentious lawyers.

Stuart said: “This is a really exciting opportunity to create something new and different. Few firms have taken the step to offer those involved in major litigation or arbitration a combination of the high quality advocacy services alongside the ongoing legal advice they often need. However, as the legal market becomes increasingly international, the distinction in England between barristers and solicitors is becoming more difficult to explain. Although clients recognise the different legal skills involved in successfully resolving cases, they want a joined up legal team working on their behalf.”

Stuart added:“Working within a growing full-service international firm like BLP gives me the opportunity to be more closely involved as the cases develop. It also means that, when overseas professional and lay clients instruct me directly, I will be able to bring in leading solicitors to support my work more easily. That makes more sense to clients and provides them with better value.

“There are obvious synergies between my continuing work in Singapore and BLP’s recent appointment of Kent Phillips as the firm’s first litigation/arbitration partner in South East Asia. BLP’s reputation for successfully developing bold, innovative solutions for clients also makes my move particularly attractive. On top of this, supporting the development of advocacy skills across a large firm like BLP is something I am looking forward to.”

Jonathan Sacher, who heads BLP’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution department, said: “Stuart is one of the leaders of the Bar. Attracting someone of his calibre is a major coup for the firm, reflecting the growing stature of our litigation and dispute resolution team, which has tripled in size over the last five years. We now have some 170 lawyers specialising in  contentious business across the firm. Stuart’s international commercial advocacy and arbitration expertise is second to none and there is a strong overlap between his practice and BLP’s client base. We will now be able to provide clients with a more integrated contentious service, something that they are increasingly demanding.” If you require any further information, please contact our press office at press@blplaw.com.

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