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Chambers of Alan Boyle QC

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David Blayney QC

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Serle Court (Chambers of Alan Boyle QC)


General commercial and chancery litigation, particularly: commercial, banking, insolvency, companies, trusts, charities, contracts, professional negligence, joint ventures and partnerships. Particular specialism in financial, numerical and quantum issues. Major cases include: The RBS Rights Issue litigation; OFT v Abbey National (the bank charges litigation); Re Lehman Brothers International Europe (banking and insolvency); Constantin Medien v Ecclestone (bribery); Re Bradford & Bingley (banking); Re Bearwood College Trustees (charities); RBS v Winterthur (share sale warranties); Akkurate v Moschillo (directors duties); Credit Suisse v Ramot Plana (banking); Lemos v Coutts (trusts); Phillips v Symes (partnership/fraud); Re Continental Assurance (wrongful trading); SAAMCO (damages).


Called 1992; Silk 2013.


COMBAR, Chancery Bar Association.

London Bar

Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Within: Leading Silks

David Blayney QC - Serle CourtHis intellect has truly frightening firepower, but he wears it lightly and is incredibly easy to work with.

Within: Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Serle Court has 'good-quality barristers' and its 'juniors are often better value for money than those at some of the leading banking sets', according to clients. The set punches well above its weight with members such as David Blayney QC and Simon Hattan having been instructed on several blockbuster cases, most notably the RBS Group litigation, where they were key members of the team that represented RBS.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Leading Silks

David Blayney QC - Serle CourtExceptional – the best recommendation I have had in 30 years of practice.

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Company and partnership

Within: Partnership - Leading silks

David Blayney QC - Serle CourtHe is a fearsome lawyer; his capacity both to absorb and process information and turn that into a winning strategy is phenomenal.

Within: Company and partnership

Members of Serle Court are 'extremely high quality, both in respect to commercial litigation and specialist fields'. Company law and partnership disputes are particular areas of expertise, and the set is extremely experienced in shareholder disputes and derivative claims, as well as for instructions arising out of China and Hong Kong. Highlights include David Blayney QC acting in unfair prejudice dispute Re Kings Solutions Group Ltd, while partnership 'doyenJohn Machell QC is instructed in Campbell v Campbell; a partnership dispute between two brothers concerning their global jewellery business. In another notable matter, Dan McCourt Fritz acted for the defendants in Grupo Mexico v Topete (Re Infund LLP), amid allegations the client had fraudulently procured the restoration of an English LLP for the purposes of pursuing a $1.5bn claim in Mexico for shares in Grupo Mexico.

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Private client: trusts and probate

Within: Leading Silks

David Blayney QC - Serle CourtA very smart silk.

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Professional negligence

Within: Leading Silks

David Blayney QC - Serle CourtImpressive on professional negligence cases.

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