Expertise

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 insolvency disputes, having acting in connection with some of the largest and highest profile insolvencies in Scotland, including several with significant cross-border elements. He also has significant experience of acting on both sides of shareholder and boardroom disputes.

Public procurement disputes also form a particularly noteworthy part of Douglas's practice, having pursued a large number of such challenges on behalf of a wide range of businesses, including the first challenge to be considered by the Supreme Court under the Scottish Regulations.

Experience include:

  • Joint Administrators of Heritable Bank plc: proceedings against the Winding-Up Board of Landsbanki Islands HF, culminating in 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.
  • CVR Global LLP: representing the trustee in bankruptcy of Gregory King, the former director of the Heather Capital hedge fund in relation to the identification and recovery of assets across multiple jurisdictions following an alleged multi-million-pound fraud.
  • Healthcare at Home Limited: a major public procurement challenge, understood to be the first case under the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations to be considered by the UK Supreme Court.
  • Shetland Line (1984) Limited v. Scottish Ministers:  a challenge of the procurement process relative to the provision of ferry services to the Northern Isles.
  • Glasgow Prestwick Airport: acting in connection with two separate Public Inquiries relative to windfarm developments in the vicinity of Glasgow Prestwick Airport, considered to have an impact on the performance of their radar.
  • Mainstream Renewable Power Limited: pursuing a judicial review against Crown Estate Scotland relative to the Scotwind auction process in connection with offshore wind projects in Scotland
Education
  • University of Dundee, 1998, LLB (Hons)
  • University of Dundee, 1999, Dip LP
Professional Memberships
  • Law Society of Scotland, Scotland
  • Solicitor Advocate
  • Former vice-convener the University of Strathclyde Ethics Committee
Testimonials
  • ‘Douglas Blyth is very good at thinking around a problem. He has a detailed knowledge of the insolvency legislation and the case law dealing with it and is always looking for innovative ways to find solutions for clients.’ Legal 500
  • "a smart and commercially astute litigator with strong expertise in insolvency" Legal 500
  • "combines an excellent technical knowledge with a supportive and understanding style. He seeks sensible solutions and achieves results." Legal 500
  • "a particularly first-rate reputation in insolvency litigation" Legal 500
  • "a very bright and commercially savvy solicitor with a broad range of litigation experience and a strong understanding of the Scottish market" Legal 500
  • "commercially astute and able to spot opportunities and angles that others often miss. Great lawyer, and the kind of person you want in the room with you during difficult negotiations." Legal 500
  • "He has exceptional attention to detail. He is rightly highly regarded for dealing with high value, complex commercial litigation. He is very good at breaking down complex legal concepts in a way that clients can understand. Legal 500
  • "incredibly sharp, highly perceptive and very personable; unlike his competitors he is focused on solutions (rather than problems) and makes himself readily available to provide sound advice."  Legal 500
  • "has sound commercial awareness which sets him apart from his peers." Legal 500
  • "excellent technical knowledge and a 'can do' approach" (Adrian Hyde, CVR Global)
  • "quick thinking and commercial" (Gwilym Jones, director, Henderson & Jones Limited)
  • "On behalf of the business, I can only thank you again for the guidance you gave us to get to what was a very good outcome. One evening should the word cheers come into your mind for no apparent reason you’ll know that’s me raising a wine glass to you." (Moray Mackenzie, DuPont Teijin Films UK Limited)