Lissack’s practice is mainly high-profile complex litigation, with a strong commercial and corporate bias. He has appeared in many landmark cases over the last two decades, including the Maxwell pensions case, the Buncefield refinery incident, the Shipman Inquiry and the Hatfield rail crash. Lissack frequently works in overseas jurisdictions, including New York, Abu Dhabi, the British Virgin Islands, Italy, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Hong Kong.
In the pre-eminent legal directories Lissack is rated as a leading Silk or Star Individual in an unusually broad range of areas, in 2012 this includes seven areas of law: banking and finance, financial services, white-collar crime, fraud, employment, health and safety, professional discipline and regulatory law, and civil liberties and human rights.
The directories have variously described him as ‘QC of choice in any big case’, ‘a truly exceptional talent’, ‘a standout silk’, ‘a true leader’, and ‘in a league of his own’. They add that he combines ‘forensic brilliance, a tactical approach and first-rate legal analysis’ with ‘excellent client care’ and a ‘charming, personable’ manner that ‘puts clients at ease’ and makes him ‘a joy to work with’. He is noted for his ‘breathtaking advocacy’ and for being ‘very intelligent and creative in undermining another side’s case’. He is also praised for ‘an amazing ability to grasp and analyse a vast body of information’ allowing him to ‘get to the nub of the issue’ while explaining complex legal points ‘entirely without pomposity’.
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Information sourced from the Outer Temple Chambers website.