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Practice Summary

Michael d’Arcy’s practice encompasses a broad range of commercial litigation and arbitration, other dispute resolution and advisory work.  His scientific background equips him particularly well to deal with issues of a technical or complex nature.  Michael has appeared in the Court of Appeal, High Court (including the Administrative and Technology & Construction Courts), Tax Tribunals and County Courts and has acted for or advised a variety of clients, including companies, individuals and public bodies, both as sole counsel and as part of a counsel team. Areas of interest and expertise include (but are not limited to) banking and finance (including financial derivative transactions, mis-selling and structured finance), joint ventures, shareholder disputes, regulatory matters, energy and technology.

Michael is recommended in Chambers & Partners 2021 in Commercial Dispute Resolution (Band 5) "He is creative in his arguments." "You go to him for very technical points; he's super bright and really gets into the detail of the law."

Michael is consistently recommended by the Legal 500 as a leading junior in both Commercial Litigation (Tier 3) and Banking & Finance (Tier 1) sectors.

Banking & Finance 2020 "Technically brilliant with fantastic attention to detail, he is also an extremely pleasant person to work with."

Commercial Litigation 2020 "An excellent junior - very hard working and well prepared, also very personable and friendly."

Banking & Finance 2019 "He provides forensic analysis, clear advice and excellent drafting."

Commercial Litigation 2019 "An extraordinarily talented barrister."

Banking & Finance 2018 ‘Has the kind of brain that can navigate complex financial instruments with ease',

Commercial Litigation 2018 "An excellent academic lawyer and a very clear communicator with unusually good client skills."

Banking & Finance 2017 “He has a very good brain and is extremely hardworking.”

Commercial Litigation 2017 “Frighteningly clever, really hardworking and genuinely a lovely person”. 

Recent and current experience includes:

  • Post-acquisition dispute surrounding oil and gas assets in South East Asia
  • Dispute concerning the pricing of automated FX trades following the de-pegging of the Swiss Franc from the Euro
  • Enforcement proceedings in support of a US Judgment before the English Courts, including injunctive relief
  • Dispute concerning the sale and distribution networks of UK car supplies
  • Disputes concerning the sale of interest rate hedging products and claims related to LIBOR-manipulation; and
  • FTT Proceedings (20-day trial) surrounding the proper taxation of capital distributions by the partnership, and the proper taxation of profit distributions made by a Cayman Islands limited partnership, in which the tax at stake was in excess of £200 million