Christopher Coyle’s specialisms lie primarily in the field of public and administrative law, although his practice also encompasses commercial and professional negligence litigation and advices. His practice regularly involves complicated matters concerning commercial disputes; insurance law; human rights law; procurement law; data protection; cross-border information sharing; criminal record disclosure; education law; immigration; EU law; and discrimination or wrongful acts arising from legislation, Government policies or the criminal justice system. Frequently he is instructed to advise both companies and shareholders on various aspects of corporate governance, and often cases are re-directed to him after they have gone awry elsewhere.
Christopher Coyle has appeared as sole Counsel in every tier of Court, including the Court of Appeal, and he has acted as Junior Counsel in several matters before the Supreme Court.
In addition to his practice at the Bar, in 2008 he 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, he was a lecturer in legal practice for litigation and advocacy for the Graduate School, until being asked to become its Director in 2015 to oversee the eventual closure of the course in July 2016.
Due to his practical experience at the Bar in conjunction with lecturing and the development of professional legal training courses, from 2015 he 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 he has embarked upon the provision of assistance in education/academic appeals, primarily through Alpha Academic Appeals, for students and trainees 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.