Legal Director – In-House Advocacy
Ibar graduated from University College Dublin with a Bachelor of Civil Law and received the Gold Medal for attaining the highest result in his class.
He is a Barrister who was called to the Bar of Ireland in 2011 and the Bar of England and Wales in 2015. Whilst in Ireland, he specialised in commercial litigation, professional negligence and corporate insolvency and rescue, but dealt in most areas of civil law. He was also briefed in criminal matters.
After being called to the Bar of England and Wales, he acted as junior to Mark Phillips Q.C. and Michael Crystal Q.C. in AHAB v Saad, which is widely regarded as the most valuable fraud ever litigated and was the longest trial ever to come before the Cayman courts. Judgment was entered in favour of Ibar’s clients.
Ibar came back to London in September 2017 and began as a Senior Associate with Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP, where he handled both the FII and CFC & Dividend GLOs, high profile tax litigations that managed two series of like claims for restitution of tax paid by mistake under now repealed legislative provisions on the grounds that they treated UK income more favourably than EU income. Ibar gained extensive UK High Court and Supreme Court experience whilst with JHA.
Arriving with a wide-ranging background, Ibar joined the firm in June 2019, and acts as a Barrister across all the firms practice areas, with a particular focus on the international business and human rights cases, for which he travels extensively. He also acts on the medical product liability litigations.
Ibar has published on an array of legal areas, regularly appearing in both the Irish Times and the Irish Bar Review. He has appeared in the UK’s Tax Journal, and whilst at JHA, was accredited with updating and editing Dr Simon Whitehead’s book “The Tax Disputes and Litigation Review”.