Main areas of practice:
Administrative Law/Judicial Review
Commercial & Company
Christopher Coyle is a specialist in complicated legal challenges and commercial disputes. Called to the Bars of England & Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Christopher’s specialisms lie primarily in public / administrative and commercial law for litigation and advice, particularly in the field of education provision. Christopher’s practice regularly involves complicated matters concerning commercial disputes; education; human rights; disability discrimination, particularly in education;procurement; data protection issues;and insurance. Frequently Christopher is instructed to advise both companies on various aspects of corporate governance; and often cases are re-directed to him after they have gone awry elsewhere.
Christopher has appeared as Junior Counsel in every tier of Court, including several matters before the Supreme Court, and he regularly acts as sole Counsel in the High Court and Court of Appeal.
In addition to his practice at the Bar, in 2008 Christopher was tasked by the Law Society of Northern Ireland and Ulster University to create a new institution in Northern Ireland for the training of Solicitors, which became known as the Graduate School for Professional Legal Education. Whilst maintaining his full-time practice at the Bar, Christopher was a lecturer in legal practice for litigation and advocacy for the Graduate School, until being asked to become its Director from September 2015 – July 2016.
Due to his practical experience at the Bar in conjunction with lecturing and the development of professional legal training courses, from 2015 Christopher has provided regular CPD courses to local members of the profession through MBL (Seminars) Ltd, covering various aspects of civil procedure such as judicial review, procurement law and injunctive law.
From July 2017 Christopher has embarked upon the provision of assistance in education/academic appeals, primarily through Alpha Academic Appeals, for students and trainee professionals at various stages of their academic and professional careers. This is built upon his wealth of experience not just at the Bar but within university institutions.
Examples of key cases in which Christopher Coyle was instructed as sole Counsel are:
- Gallagher v Department of Justice – challenge to the legislative regime for the disclosure of criminal record information in employment context due to its infringement of the Right to Privacy;
- HHT Ltd v Secretary of State for Education & ESFA– challenges to the removal of a training organisation from the Government Register and unlawful termination of public contracts;
- ABIS Ltdv Department for Education– challenge to agency investigation and the termination of public contracts;
- Johansson v OIA– challenge to the Ombudsman’s consideration of a complaint against a University;
- Laverty v Police Service & PAT – challenge to the use of information unlawfully supplied by the police force of another State in light of the provisions of the Data Protection Act and EU Directives, and the Right to Privacy;
- KWCL v Gable Insurance & Ors (Nos.1 & 2) – cases arising from third-party fraud and the failure of an Insurer based in an EEA State and its Agents to honour the terms of Performance and Guarantee Bonds for significant construction projects;
- Moyola Building Services Ltd v Belfast City Council – challenge to procurement procedures for significant renovation works in local hospitals;
- Nerve Centre v Arts Council – challenge to allotment of public funding for businesses in field of film;
- Verbal Arts Centre v Public Health Authority – challenge to procurement procedures for provision of literature services in prisons;
- Precision Industrial Services Ltd v JTI Gallahers Ltd – commercial dispute arising from the announced closure of various production sites which would result in the early termination of valuable services contracts;
- BKS Properties Ltd v Carlton Properties Ltd– commercial dispute concerning commercial leases;