Douglas Blyth > Dentons > Glasgow, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

Dentons
1 GEORGE SQUARE
GLASGOW
G2 1AL
Scotland

Work Department

Commercial Dispute Resolution.

Position

Douglas is a Partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice in the Glasgow office. He is a Solicitor Advocate (with extended rights of audience) and has extensive experience of all manner of commercial disputes before courts and tribunals of all levels in Scotland.

Douglas has particular expertise in the following areas:

  • Corporate and Contractual Disputes – in particular warranty and covenant claims, frauds, shareholder and partner disputes and title issues. Recent highlights include:
    • AMA (New Town) Limited v. Law 2013 SC 608 (confirming that a vendor in a property sale is entitled to insist upon payment from a purchaser who fails to purchase timeously, in breach of missives).
  • Public Law and Judicial Review – in particular public procurement challenges. Recent highlights include:
    • Healthcare at Home Limited v. CSA 2014 SC (UKSC) 247 (understood to be the first case under the Public Contracts (Scotland) Act 2006 to be considered by the UK Supreme Court).
    • BT plc v. CSA (a challenge of the procurement process relative to the SWAN IT infrastructure for public services in Scotland).
    • HFD Construction Limited v. Aberdeen City Council [2013] CSOH 125 (a judicial review of a decision by Aberdeen City Council relative to the manner of disposal of its former headquarter site).
  • Insolvency – with experience in all contentious aspects of both corporate and personal insolvencies. Recent highlights include:
    • Joint Administrators of Heritable Bank plc v. Winding Up Board of Landsbanki Islands HF 2013 SC (UKSC) 201 (a Supreme Court appeal relative to the impact of a foreign determination of a claim in an insolvency upon the ability to claim set-off).
  • Contentious Trusts & Executries – having advised on a wide variety of disputes concerning wills and trusts, including:
    • challenges in respect of the capacity of the deceased
    • applications to reduce transactions made in breach of trust
    • applications to establish the formal validity of testamentary writings
    • negligence claims
    • advice in connection with executor and trustee duties
  • Debt Recovery – considerable experience of pursuing the recovery of bulk debts, both in the UK and further afield.

Douglas also has an avid interest in Sports Law and has most recently defended a substantial claim by a former coach of one of the oldest rugby clubs in Scotland. He is a SFA certified football referee.

Douglas is also a former vice convenor of the Strathclyde University Ethics Committee and a former member of the lay advisory board to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow.

Career

Trained Maclay Murray & Spens LLP; qualified 2001; partner 2012. Maclay Murray & Spens LLP 1999-2010 (trainee, assistant, associate); HBJ Gateley 2010-11 (partner); Maclay Murray & Spens LLP 2012 to date (partner).

Memberships

Law Society of Scotland

Education

George Watson’s College; Dundee University (LLB (Hons); Dip LP).

Leisure

Golf (Ranfurly Castle Golf Club); football (SFA certified referee).

Lawyer Rankings

Scotland > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation

Dentons handles various commercial disputes arising from contractual arrangements and has recently been particularly active in the public, energy, transport, food and drink and financial services sectors. Handling insolvency-related disputes, often with cross-border elements, is an area of particular expertise for team head and solicitor advocate Douglas Blyth, who is also experienced in shareholder and boardroom disputes. Aberdeen-based Malcolm Gunnyeon is a key contact for oil and gas alongside transport sector clients.

Scotland > Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery

Dentons has a focus on insolvency transaction work and handles matters that straddle English and Scots law, with support from its network of offices. It acts for insolvency practitioners and directors and purchasers of distressed companies in relation to restructuring and insolvency matters. Douglas Blyth and Derek McCombe head up the team; Blyth is recommended for contentious insolvency matters and disputes; and McCombe handles corporate restructurings and insolvencies.