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Birmingham, B3 2DJ
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Clerked by: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."
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.
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 (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.
Degree: LLB (CNAA), LLM (Birmingham)
Admitted as a solicitor in 1994 after teaching law for three years
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 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."