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Douglas Blyth

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Commercial Dispute Resolution.


Douglas Blyth is a partner in our Commercial Dispute Resolution Team, based in Glasgow. He is a solicitor advocate, with extended rights of audience, and has a great deal of experience of dealing with all manner of business and commercial disputes, both before the Scottish Courts and further afield. Douglas works closely with businesses to help them resolve their disputes, handling everything from assisting them with debt recovery (and devising associated strategies) to dealing with complex contractual and shareholder disputes. Douglas also has particular experience in dealing with the contentious aspects of both corporate and personal insolvencies and associated claims, investigations and disputes. Disciplinary and regulatory proceedings, energy litigation, public law and sports law also forms noteworthy parts of Douglas’s practice. Douglas is a former Vice Convener 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. He is currently a tutor in Civil Court Practice at Glasgow University.


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).


Law Society of Scotland


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


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

Scotland: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general

Within: Crime: general

Dentons handles the gamut of criminal matters for a number of senior corporate executives and sporting professionals. Douglas Blyth  recently acted for Hibernian FC player, Martin Boyle, in connection with a road traffic prosecution. Blyth is handling a separate case involving a professional footballer facing breach of the peace charges. Eleanor Kerr’s highlights included representing the executors of an estate before the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service in connection to the alleged murder of the deceased. Michael Dean is also recommended for his extensive criminal defence experience.

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Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Dentons entered the Scottish market by merging with Maclay Murray & Spens LLP in October 2017. In addition to having a sizeable reach in Scotland, the Scottish group operates as part of a wider UK team of dispute resolution specialists. Tim Edward , Douglas Blyth and Malcolm Gunnyeon jointly head up the practice out of the Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen offices respectively. Edward is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in professional negligence matters, while Gunnyeon assists clients with oil and gas litigation, contentious health and safety and insolvency-related cases. Blyth, who has a particularly first-rate reputation in insolvency litigation, and recently promoted director Craig Kennedy acted for Hooley Limited in the landmark Court of Session case of Hooley Limited v The Victoria Jute Company Limited, which confirmed that the principle of modified universalism should be recognised by Scottish law. Edward is representing Highlands and Islands Enterprise as the defender in Court of Session proceedings brought by LC Services over an alleged breach of state aid rules. Gareth Hale focuses on property litigation, while legal director Susan Snedden heads up the contentious IP and TMT practice. The firm is also active in cases involving media law, corporate crime and public law. Ewan Easton has retired from private practice.

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Debt recovery

Within: Debt recovery

Dentons' practice covers a wide ambit of matters in the commercial and consumer sectors, including utilities recoveries, motor finance and general commercial debt recovery cases, as well as debts arising from employment contracts and property-related debts. A notable strength of the firm is that it has a team in Aberdeen that is experienced in assisting oil and gas sector clients with recovering outstanding debts internationally. Frank Johnstone in Glasgow is the overall head of the practice, which is equally strong in handling bespoke and volume recoveries at all stages from pre-litigation to enforcement. Also recommended is solicitor advocate Douglas Blyth, who represents pursuers and defenders at the Sheriff Court and Court of Session in a range of commercial debt recovery matters. A recent highlight saw Blyth and senior associate Marianne Griffin successfully represent car park operator Indigo Park Services UK Limited in the highly-publicised, landmark case of Indigo Park Services UK Limited v Conor Watson, which arose from student nurses accruing unpaid parking fines at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee. Blyth is also working with members of the London office to advise RBS Invoice Finance on recovering debts under an asset-based finance facility. Julie Devlin is another key figure in the team, as is Craig Kennedy, who is particularly strong in debt and asset recovery cases where there is an insolvency-related component. Clydesdale Bank, RCI Financial Services and Network Rail are among the firm's many clients.

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