Louise Bell

Louise specialises in complex disputes arising out of insolvency situations. Advising office holders and creditors alike, Louise's practice has a considerable focus on substantial claims brought by insolvency practitioners, often involving fraud and complex multi-jurisdictional recovery options. Louise is also an expert in insolvency practitioner bonds, a rapidly evolving area of regulation which has ramifications for all insolvency practitioners.

Notable cases include the Supreme Court’s decision in Jetivia SA & Another v. Bilta UK Limited (in liquidation) & Others [2015] UKSC 23, a leading authority for the application of the illegality defence. She also acted for Burnden Holdings (UK) Limited (in liquidation) in its successful defence of a strike out application on grounds of limitation.  The application was considered by the Supreme Court who provided important clarification of the purpose of section 21(1)(b) of the Limitation Act 1980 and its scope in relation to claims brought against directors ([2018] UKSC 14). The underlying claim is listed for trial in February 2019.

With regard to insolvency regulatory matters, Louise advised the liquidators on the first reported case of a claim brought by liquidators for a disqualification order against another practitioner under section 4 of the Company Directors' Disqualification Act 1986. (Wood & Another v. Kirankumar Mistry [2013] 1 B.C.L.C. 389.)


Louise read law at Exeter University and qualified at Wedlake Bell. She joined Gateley in 2007 to set up their London insolvency team and moved to Olswang in February 2014. She joined Enyo Law in March 2017 following Olswang's decision to merge with Nabarro and CMS Cameron McKenna.

Cases include
  • Allsop v. Christiani & Nielsen Limited (in liquidation) [2012] WL 1191089
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants v Koumettou & Another [2012] EWHC 1265 (Ch)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales & Others v Webb [2009] EWHC 3461 (Ch)
  • Jetivia SA & Another v. Bilta UK Limited (in liquidation) & Others [2015] UKSC 23
  • Wood & Another v. Kirankumar Mistry [2013] 1 B.C.L.C. 389
  • Fielding & Another v Burnden Holdings (UK) Limited (in liquidation) [2018] UKSC 14


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Louise Bell
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Qualifications & Education
  • Law (LLB), University of Exeter
  • Law Society of England and Wales
  • French
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