Martin Pascoe QC

Martin Pascoe QC Martin Pascoe QC

Martin Pascoe QC

QC 2002, Called to the Bar 1977
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Martin Pascoe QC
QC 2002, Called to the Bar 1977

Martin's recent practice includes acting as lead counsel for the administrators of MF Global, the first administration of an investment bank under the new 2011 special administration regime.  He is described as renowned for his role in high-profile, international-scale insolvency cases, and as having persuasive advocacy skills.  Martin is also a popular choice for City and International firms in complex multi-jurisdictional high-value cases and is well known for leading the counsel team for the State of Brunei in its worldwide claims against HRH Prince Jefri and others to recover US$20 billion of misapplied public funds, including appearing in Brunei, the Cayman Islands and the UK (both High Court and Privy Council).


Insolvency and Restructuring

Recent cases include:

  • MF Global, acting for administrators throughout 2012-13, including approval of first distribution plan enabling prompt return of client assets and major pieces of litigation with affiliates. Described as “something of a milestone”
  • Heritable Bank v Landsbanki Islands [2013] UKSC 13, jurisdiction and choice of law issues as between Iceland and Scotland under the Credit Institutions: Reorganisation and Winding Up Regulations 2004
  • LB re Financing No 3 v Excalibur [2011] EWHC 2011, construction of Event of Default provisions in Lehman securitization, commercial absurdity
  • Du Preez v KSF (Isle of Man) (2010) 2DS 2009/17, effect of bank insolvency on uncompleted payment instructions, Quistclose trusts and express trusts

Commercial Litigation and Arbitration

Recent cases include:

  • SerVaas v Rafidain Bank [2012] UKSC 40, scope of the commercial purposes exception to immunity from attachment pursuant to section 13 State Immunity Act 1978, and its application to claims in an English scheme of arrangement


Chambers & Partners

“Renowned for his role in high-profile, international-scale insolvency cases”
“Persuasive advocacy skills and intuitive approach on his feet”
"Very effective advocate without the unnecessary aggression of others"
"Very good to work with; has an excellent feel for how the Judge will look at things"


2002 Appointed Queen’s Counsel
1994 Called to the Bar of British Virgin Islands
1977 Called to the Bar of England and Wales

Called ad hoc to the Bars of Bermuda, Cayman Islands and Isle of Man for specific cases


Commercial Bar Association
Chancery Bar Association


1976 Oxford University, BCL, First Class
1975 Christ Church, Oxford University, BA Jurisprudence, First Class


Eldon Scholar 

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