AREAS OF EXPERTISE:
Louis Doyle QC has a busy and eclectic practice developed over more than two decades in all aspects of insolvency, credit, security, company law and finance litigation (including commercial fraud). He has appeared in over forty reported cases, five in the Court of Appeal, and is co-author, with Professor Andrew Keay, of Insolvency Legislation: Annotations & Commentary, now in its eighth edition (2019, LexisNexis) and is a contributing editor of the leading loose-leaf, Gore-Browne on Companies. Ranked as a leader in his field in various subject areas by both Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 since 1999, he has huge commercial experience and a reputation that precedes him in terms of his technical knowledge and abilities as an advocate.
One commentator noted that “he is fantastic on his feet, with judges and with opponents, well read, technically excellent and clients love him”.
Examples of Louis’s recent work include:
Apart from his very broad insolvency practice on both the corporate and personal sides, litigious and advisory, and his financial litigation and company law work, Louis has extensive experience of trial and interim application work and mediation. He is much sought out as a practitioner in relation to high value and complex financial disputes and has experience of unexplained wealth, risk money and proceeds of crime.
His cases include;
Year of Call: 1996
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
Provincial Panel, Treasury Counsel (Civil Litigation) (primarily disqualiﬁcation and Revenue work) (Appointed 2000, re-appointed 2003, retired 2007)
Insolvency Legislation: Annotations & Commentary (8th edn, 2019, LexisNexis) (with Professor Andrew Keay and Professor Gerard McCormack)
Contributing editor to Gore-Browne on Companies (looseleaf, LexisNexis)
Insolvency Litigation (1997, Sweet & Maxwell)
Administrative Receivership: Law & Practice (Sweet & Maxwell)
Over the last thirty years Louis has published various articles in refereed and academic journals on all aspects of insolvency, as well as commercial law issues as diverse as the legal regulation of investment by trustees (Trust Law International), the legal status of contracts for diﬀerence and derivatives (New Law Journal), common law and statutory liability for public oﬀering documents (The Company Lawyer) and the independence requirements for trustees of pension schemes on scheme failure (Company & Insolvency Review). Some of his work is cited in leading textbooks.
Previously a member of the editorial board of Insolvency Intelligence and The Insolvency Lawyer.
Degree: LLB (CNAA), LLM (Birmingham)
Admitted as a solicitor in 1994
Year of Call: 1996 (Lincoln's Inn)
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:
Chambers UK 2021
"He is very proactive and exceptionally good with clients." "He is a very slick advocate."
"A very approachable barrister - he is great with clients and can explain complex legal matters in a simple way." "Very good on paper and has an excellent presence in court."
Legal 500 2020
"A highly recommended new silk."
"He is extremely strong commercially, excellent at understanding the solicitor and client objectives and needs, also displays a great depth of technical knowledge and understanding"
"He is clear of thought and provides concise advice."
"His practice includes company law, insolvency and financial litigation."
Chambers UK 2020
"He is very accessible and always really helpful. If it's a tricky contentious insolvency case, Louis is a go-to." "He doesn't sit on the fence and gives very robust opinions. He presents his client's case in the strongest way possible."
"He is a leading practitioner for insolvency-related chancery work." "He has a very relaxed advocacy style which is very effective and he backs that with fabulous intellectual knowledge."
Chambers UK 2019"He knows the insolvency law and rules very well, he's very authoritative and he's a very energetic advocate.""An excellent, well-informed barrister. A pleasure to instruct." "Extremely able and an excellent advocate."
Legal 500 2019"Excellent on his feet."
Chambers UK 2018"Particularly good on contentious matters, he is well known and respected in the industry." "He is a very intelligent guy with a good knack for looking at cases from new angles." "He has an excellent range of experience, provides commercially sound advice and represents good value for money."
Legal 500 2018"An insolvency expert."
Chambers UK 2017"I rate his advocacy skills and technical knowledge very highly." "Both clients and judges seem to absolutely love him."
Legal 500 2017"A first-class barrister."
Chambers UK 2016"A well-known and very well-regarded barrister, strong on insolvency issues." "He is an excellent, well-informed counsel. He's a pleasure to instruct."
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