Louis Doyle


Louis Doyle

Manchester

36 Young Street, Manchester, M3 3FT
DX: 718188 MCH 3
Direct Dial: 0161 832 9082

Leeds

5 Park Square, Leeds, LS1 2NE
DX: 713113 LEEDS PARK SQ
Direct Dial: 0113 242 1123

Birmingham

Embassy House, 60 Church Street,
Birmingham, B3 2DJ
DX: 13023 BIRMINGHAM
Direct Dial: 0121 200 3570

Clerked by:
Rory Davis
Gary Young


 

"He is an exceptional barrister. His knowledge is second to none, he always gets the job done to a high standard and he's a safe pair of hands."

Chambers UK

Profile  

Louis’ commercial chancery practice has a particular emphasis on insolvency, company law and commercial litigation, especially shareholder, director and financial disputes. He appears regularly in the Chancery Division and in the Mercantile/Commercial Court and has significant experience in the areas identified below, appearing against both senior juniors and silks. His caseload currently includes heavy and high value claims involving: a high value, high profile bankruptcy; six “heavy” misfeasance/transaction avoidance claims, all exceeding £1m and one exceeding £10m in value; a £43m claim against a high street bank for malicious presentation of a bankruptcy petition; various high-value interest rate swap mis-selling and related claims; a dispute over the proceeds of various ATE policies as between liquidators and other interested parties involving trust, estoppel and contractual interpretation issues (in which Louis is being led by Stephen Davies QC); a high value s.994 petition which is running concurrent with a dispute between two of the parties in the Family Division; a high value wrongful trading action coupled with breach of duty claims against the former directors of a high profile failed group; various claw back actions under the Insolvency Act 1986 coupled with claims for accessory liability involving tracing remedies; and a long running dispute for a public authority concerning ownership of property subject to disclaimer and vesting order claims (which, to date, has produced two reported cases in the High Court, Chancery Division). Louis’ work often involves the seeking of interim remedies at short notice. His practice can be grouped under the following heads:

  • Insolvency (all aspects, corporate and personal, domestic and international, contentious and non-contentious, including claims under the Insolvency Act 1986 and the Companies Act 2006 with a particular emphasis on asset recovery, predominantly (but not exclusively) for office-holders);
  • Commercial and financial litigation (especially financial and boardroom disputes, breach of duty/breach of trust claims, civil fraud, accessory liability (dishonest assistance and knowing receipt), restitutionary and tracing claims).
  • Company law (especially director and shareholder disputes, including s.994 and “just and equitable” petitions and derivative claims);
  • Credit and security (including debt, subrogation, subordination and set-off);
  • Interim remedies (including summary judgment, applications for specific and third party disclosure, security for costs and injunctions (including freezing injunctions, worldwide and domestic);
  • Professional negligence and disciplinary regulatory work relating to the above.

Year of Call: 1996

 For details about Louis's reported cases please click here.

 

Memberships

Insolvency Lawyers Association (full member)

R3 (full member)

Chancery Bar Association

Northern Chancery Bar Association

Committee Member, Northern Commercial Bar Association

Professional Negligence Bar Association

Bar Pro Bono Unit

 

Appointments

Provincial Panel, Treasury Counsel (Civil Litigation) (primarily disqualification and Revenue work) (Appointed 2000, re-appointed 2003, retired 2007)  

 

Publications

Insolvency Legislation:  Annotations & Commentary (5th edn, 2016, Butterworths LexisNexis, now available online) (with Professor Andrew Keay and Professor Gerard McCormack)

Contributing editor to Gore-Browne on Companies (looseleaf, Jordans)

Previously a member of the editorial board of Insolvency Intelligence and The Insolvency Lawyer.

Qualifications

Degree: LLB (CNAA), LLM (Birmingham)

Admitted as a solicitor in 1994 after teaching law for three years

Year of Call: 1996 (Lincoln's Inn)

 

Recommendations

Louis has been ranked as a leading junior variously in insolvency, chancery and commercial litigation in both the Legal 500 and in Chambers UK guides to the legal profession since 1999. Those recommending him suggest:

‘A first-class barrister. (Legal 500 2017)

"I rate his advocacy skills and technical knowledge very highly." "Both clients and judges seem to absolutely love him." (Chambers UK 2017)

"A well-known and very well-regarded barrister, strong on insolvency issues." (Chambers UK 2016)

"He is an excellent, well-informed counsel. He's a pleasure to instruct." (Chambers UK 2016) 

"He's just everywhere. If you have a problem and you need some creativity, he's the man to see. Expect the unexpected." "He's just very persuasive. He will do his best to talk the judge around - the court can be against you on a point and he just makes arguments quite clearly. He doesn't back down." (Chambers UK 2015)

"A leader in his field - the go-to guy in insolvency in Leeds." "He's well informed, down to earth, very good with clients and performs well on his feet." (Chambers UK 2015)

"He is an excellent advocate with a way of explaining complex provisions to judges in a clear way." (2014)

"He is a walking textbook with all the information at his fingertips."(2014)

"He is an exceptional barrister. His knowledge is second to none, he always gets the job done to a high standard and he's a safe pair of hands." (2014)

"He is very good with clients - he speaks their language and puts them at ease."(2014)

"His easy manner belies a superb legal brain." (Legal 500 2014)

“well informed, practical and down-to-earth” (2013)

 

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