Hon. Barry A. Leon, FCIArb.


Hon. Barry A. Leon, FCIArb.

Hon. Barry A. Leon, FCIArb.
Independent Arbitrator and Mediator

Arbitrator and Mediator with Arbitration Place, 33 Bedford Row Chambers (www.33bedfordrow.co.uk/) and Caribbean Arbitrators, Road Town, Tortola, BVI (Britsh Virgn Isls)

ADR Certified Designation : FCIArb

VanIAC Panel(s) : Domestic Arbitration, International Arbitration, Mediation

Practice Areas : Accounting, Commercial Lease, Construction, Corporate Commercial, Employment, Energy, Entertainment, Franchise, Government, Hospitality, Insurance and Reinsurance, Intellectual Property and Licensing, Life Sciences (Biotech, Pharma & Medical Devices), Partnership and Shareholder, Real Estate, Securities, Tax, Technology, Telecommunications

Professional Experience

The Honourable Barry Leon is the former Commercial Court Judge of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, in the Territory of the Virgin Islands, from 2015 to 2018. He is a Member Arbitrator and Mediator who is experienced with matters in corporate and commercial, contract, shareholder and business breakup, intellectual property and technology, natural resources, and construction disputes. He is past Chair of the Arbitration Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, ICC Canada.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

The Honourable Barry Leon, independent arbitrator and mediator, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and an International Mediation Institute (IMI) Certified Mediator..

Barry was Presiding Judge, BVI Commercial Court (2015 – 2018), hearing international commercial disputes involving parties from around the world, including shareholder, corporate and contract disputes, insolvency, fraud and asset recovery proceedings, judgment and award enforcement, and arbitration assistance.

From 2009 – 2015, Barry was a Partner and Head, International Arbitration Group, Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP (Ottawa), and was an arbitrator and mediator.

Until 2009 he was Partner, Torys LLP, Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice (Toronto), and for many years, Practice Coordinator. A Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Barry has 35+ years’ experience as litigation, arbitration, and mediation counsel, on many complex and significant cases involving many industries including financial services, natural resources, energy, technology, intellectual property, manufacturing, and construction.

He is past Chair, Arbitration Committee, ICC Canada.

Barry is a non-practising member of the Ontario Bar.

Professional and Other Activities

2022, shortlisted, GAR’s ‘best prepared’ arbitrator.

2013, CPR “Award – Outstanding Contribution to Diversity in ADR”.

Past Chair, Arbitration Committee, ICC Canada.

Currently Executive Committee, CanArbWeek; Member, TCAS Arbitration Act Review Committee; Co-Chair, ITA’s Caribbean Task Force; Member; Co-Chairs, Canadian Arbitration Survey; Advisory Board Member, International Trust Arbitration Organisation; Director, International Law Association – Canada; Vice Chair and Branch Committee Member, Caribbean Branch, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Member, ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR;ILA International Commercial Arbitration Committee, North America Committee, Campaign for Greener Arbitrations, CBA International Law Section, BVI Arbitration Group, International Arbitration Club of New York, LCIA, ASIL, and New York International Arbitration Center.

Publications and ‘directory’ listings on web-bios. See: https://www.arbitrationplace.com/barry-leon   and The Honourable Barry Leon (33bedfordrow.co.uk)

Academic Qualifications
  • B. (University of Toronto)
  • MBA (Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University)
  • BA (political science and economics) (University of Alberta)