Barry has experience in various specialized areas of corporate/commercial litigation, including shareholder remedies, contract disputes, banking and investment management, injunctions, regulatory proceedings, professional negligence, estates/trusts and fraud. He has handled large, complex matters involving co-ordination of litigation team efforts and extensive documentary and factual circumstances.
Major commercial cases handled by Barry include shareholder disputes involving buy/sell mechanisms, litigation arising out of financial restructurings, and bank guarantee and mortgage actions. His major commercial trials include Chitel v. Bank of Montreal; Adelaide Capital Corporation v. Cowieson; Royal Trust Corporation v. Royal Bank of Canada; National Bank of Canada v. the Estate of Harold Ballard. Barry has also been counsel on numerous high and low profile defamation cases, including Finta v. CTV, Pindling v. NBC and Botiuk v. Toronto Free Press.
Barry has experience in all aspects of environmental litigation, including civil litigation of liability for cleanups of historical contamination, appeals of regulatory orders, defence of environmental prosecutions and environmental assessments. He also provides compliance and transactional advice to major corporations. Barry has been recognized by his peers in Best Lawyers in Canada and has been listed as a Leading Environmental Lawyer in Lexpert Magazine since 2012.
His clients include large and small businesses, financial institutions, professionals and individuals. He has acted in several leading cases on director and officer liability for environmental issues of bankrupt companies (Gaffney v. MOECC re Huron Concrete in 2015-2017 and Baker v. MOE re Northstar Aerospace in 2013), and was successful defence counsel in a leading environmental prosecution on the scope of the due diligence defence. He previously represented the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and other ministries in civil litigation arising from a major spill into a public waterway.
Barry is an experienced workplace investigator and has an extensive practice in employment law matters, including cases involving wrongful dismissal, restrictive covenants and human rights. He acts for both employers and executives in wrongful dismissal matters and has conducted or acted as counsel in numerous workplace investigations on a variety of issues (including fraud and harassment investigations for public companies). Barry has also handled a broad variety of human rights cases, including workplace harassment and discrimination cases involving race, religion, gender and disability. He was counsel for the successful complainant in the historic Tahmourpour v. RCMP case before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal and Federal Court of Appeal, and has also acted in several administrative hearings, judicial reviews and constitutional cases.