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Alan Boyle QC

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Serle Court (Chambers of Alan Boyle QC)


Alan is one of the most senior and distinguished silks at the chancery and commercial bar. He has a broad practice in commercial and chancery litigation, encompassing contentious trusts, company, insolvency and fraud. His involvement in many of the most high profile cases of recent years produced the following comments in Legal 500:

‘A brilliant analyser of cases and equally effective on paper.’ (Commercial Litigation)

‘A towering figure and a powerful advocate who grabs the court’s attention.’ (Company)

‘He provides exceptional client service and is a brilliant tactician.’ (Fraud: Civil)

‘He gives his all to his clients’ cases’ (Insolvency)

‘A towering figure at the Chancery Bar; a powerful advocate who commands the court’s attention’ (Private Client: Trusts & Probate)

Recent cases include Hagen v Hagen (matrimonial), Kingate Global Fund Limited v Kingate Management Limited, a claim arising out of the Madoff fraud, tried in the commercial list in Bermuda; a very high value confidential trust dispute in Bermuda, reported as Trustee 1 v Attorney General; Re Lord Bath’s Longleat Settlement, disputes relating to the Longleat estate; Angelmist Properties v Leonard, a claim for damages against the directors of a property company for breach of duty; Lictor v Mir Steel, a claim for damages against a company which disposed of a hot strip mill following the insolvency of the company and the appointment of administrators; AB Jnr v MB, a 10 week trial in the Cayman Islands; two major cases in the Court of Protection.

He is known for his thorough preparation and forceful advocacy.


Qualified 1972, Lincoln's Inn: QC 1991; publications: editor and contributor, 'The Practice and Procedure of the Companies Court', Lloyds of London Press.




Chancery Bar Association; COMBAR; Insolvency Lawyers' Association.


Royal Shrewsbury School; St Catherine's College, Oxford (1970 BA PPE; MA).


Hill walking, music, photography.

London Bar

Commercial litigation

Within: Leading Silks

Alan Boyle QC - Serle CourtExperienced, urbane and very responsive.

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Company and partnership

Within: Company - Leading Silks

Alan Boyle QC - Serle CourtHe is very responsive and experienced.

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Fraud: civil

Within: Leading Silks

Alan Boyle QC - Serle CourtAn excellent fraud silk.

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Within: Leading Silks

Alan Boyle QC - Serle CourtVery responsive and experienced.

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Within: Leading Silks

Alan Boyle QC - Serle CourtOne of the best of the best: a stellar intellect.

Within: Offshore

Serle Court is prominent in the area, with its members handling matters ranging from contemplated disputes over trusts to Privy Council appeals on points on key company issues. Alan Boyle QC, Richard Wilson QC, and Zahler Bryan represented the beneficiary daughter in Gany Holdings v Khan, a Privy Council appeal from the BVI in the wake of a transfer of assets, whose ultimate destination was subject to dispute, as was the distribution of the majority of the trust assets to one beneficiary. Turning to the Cayman Islands, Philip Jones QC  represented the respondent in Shanda Games v Masa Capital Investments, the lead Privy Council case concerning the Cayman Islands' provision for the "fair value" to be determined by a court when a shareholder dissents from a merger. The set is also active in the Crown Dependencies, with Philip Marshall QC and Matthew Morrison having worked with Collas Crill in representing the independent directors in the long-running Guernsey Carlyle Capital Corporation v Conway case over the collapse of a fund in the 2008 case – Kathryn Purkis, who is a Jersey advocate, was formerly a partner at the firm Collas Crill providing chambers and clients with front line Channel Island experience.

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Private client: trusts and probate

Within: Leading Silks

Alan Boyle QC - Serle CourtA master tactician with highly polished client skills and a tenacity to get the right outcome.

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