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 decision of Jetivia SA & Another v. Bilta UK Limited (in liquidation) & Others [2015] UKSC 23, a leading authority for the application of the illegality defence. The Supreme Court's decision is of particular significance to insolvency practitioners considering claims against the directors of insolvent companies and brings welcome clarity to the scope of the House of Lords' decision in Stone & Rolls Limited v. Moore Stephens [2009] 1 A.C. 1391.

Louise also advised 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.) The practitioner concerned was disqualified from acting both as an insolvency practitioner and as a director for a period of 12 years.


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


Louise Bell
020 3837 1692
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Qualifications & Education
  • Law (LLB), University of Exeter
  • Law Society of England and Wales
  • French
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