Nigel Dougherty > Erskine Chambers > London, England > Barrister Profile

Erskine Chambers
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Nigel is a highly regarded senior junior. He is particularly sought-after in complex corporate and commercial litigation, often involving an international element. His main areas of practice are Company and Corporate Insolvency advice and litigation – in particular, minority shareholder disputes, directors’ duties, takeovers, directors’ service contracts, shareholder agreements and business/share acquisition agreements and claims. He has extensive experience of general Commercial Law particularly Banking and Sale of Goods; and Professional Negligence – in particular, involving solicitors and accountants/auditors.

Cases include: Ultraframe (UK) Ltd v Fielding [2005] EWHC 1638 (Ch), [2006] EWCA Civ 1133; Irvine v Irvine [2007] 1 BCLC 445; Kiani v Cooper [2010] BCC 463; Barclays Bank PLC v Nylon Capital LLP [2012] Bus LR 542; American Energy v Hycarbex Asia (in liquidation) [2014] EWHC 1091 (Ch); Eclairs Group Limited v JKX Oil & Gas Plc [2016] 1 BCLC 1 (Supreme Court); ITC v Ferster [2016] EWCA Civ 614; Re AMT Coffee Limited [2018] EWHC 1562 (Ch) and [2019] EWHC 46 (Ch).


Called 1993. Member of Gray’s Inn.

Contributor Company Directors: Law and Liability (1998); Author (with Anne Fairpo) of Company Acquisition of Own Shares (7th ed); Contributor and Director of FromCounsel.


Chancery Bar Association.


Cambridge University: MA, LLM.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Company

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Nigel DoughertyErskine Chambers ‘Nigel has a calm and measured manner, in-depth knowledge and experience of company law, and is sufficiently responsive and hardworking to ensure tight deadlines are met.’

Erskine Chambers is ‘renowned, deservedly, as the go-to set for complicated corporate law questions’ and ‘a top set for company law disputes with a good selection of barristers at various levels’. Among the set’s many prominent silks is David Chivers KC, who recently handled an appeal to the Privy Council from Antigua to consider the power of directors to enter into poison pill arrangements at common law in IGlobe v Sinovac. Opposing counsel in that case were the set’s own James Potts KC and Andrew BlakeMartin Moore KC, who is widely recognised as a leading voice on transactional matters, advised GSK on contentious issues arising from the demerger of its consumer healthcare division to Haleon plc, and handled a high-value appraisal action in Bermuda on behalf of Jardine Matheson Group. Turning to the set’s juniors, Nigel Dougherty recently acted for directors of the owner of London’s Wolseley restaurant in successfully resisting an injunction sought by MI Squared that would have prevented a proposed £38m rescue package. Mary Stokes has retired from practice.