M Howlin

Michael P. Howlin Q.C.

Year of Call: 1996

Year of Silk: 2009

Qualifications

B.A. (Hons) University of Sheffield

M.A. University of London

Special interests

Bankruptcy & Insolvency

Company and commercial

Employment

Clerks

Stable telephone number

0131 260 5830

Emma Potter

Andrew Veitch

Tracy Whitelaw

Biography

Michael Howlin QC called in England (Middle Temple) in 1982 and in Scotland in 1996, taking silk in 2009. 

He is a "lawyer-linguist", his first two degrees being in French (B.A. (Hons) Sheffield) and Applied Linguistics (M.A. London).  He spent ten years at Dickson Minto WS before coming to the Scottish bar.  His practice and interests fall into two branches: on the one hand commercial law, with an emphasis on banking (particularly guarantees), company law, corporate insolvency and commercial contracts (including contracts of employment) and on the other hand EU law (competition, public procurement, state aid, cross-border insolvency, cross-border mergers, EU employment law (including transfer of undertakings)).  Although his work is largely advisory, he has appeared in numerous petitions (scheme of arrangement for the Halifax/BOS merger; Part VII transfer of Direct Line banking business, etc.) and commercial actions.

Cases

Baker Hughes v CCG Contracting International Ltd (IH)

Accountant of Court v Halifax PLC (OH)

Roger Lindop v Stuart Noble & Sons (OH, IH)

Carlyle v Royal Bank of Scotland (IH)

MASN & KASY v Secretary of State (SC)

Publications

Competition Law, Green's Guide to European Law in Scotland 1995

Appointments

Standing Junior Counsel to the Scottish Executive 2000 - 2005