About Marie-Louise

Marie-Louise is an experienced commercial litigation/dispute resolution lawyer. She advises in a broad range of contentious matters, including contract disputes, tort claims (including professional negligence), procurement challenges and judicial review proceedings, company and shareholder disputes and contentious insolvency.

Marie-Louise acts for individuals and companies in connection with privacy and reputation management.

As well as advising clients in the UK, Marie-Louise provides support and assistance to overseas lawyers and clients in disputes that are subject to English law or jurisdiction.

Marie-Louise has experience in sectors including manufacturing (including automotive and textile), technology (including food/dairy), natural resources (including renewable energy), and in restructuring/insolvency.

Marie-Louise is equally comfortable advising on risk management and dispute avoidance, as obtaining/fighting worldwide freezing injunctions in acrimonious litigation. From pre-action conduct, through alternative dispute resolution processes such as mediation, to trials and appeals, Marie-Louise always delivers.

Recent Experience

  • Acted for DMK in a privacy action against News Group Newspapers Limited (publishers of The Sun), obtaining an injunction preventing The Sun publishing information identifying DMK as the Defendant in related Chancery Division proceedings – DMK v News Group Newspapers Limited [2016] 1646 EWHC (QB)
  • Acting in judicial review proceedings in the Administrative Court and Court of Appeal, including in infrastructure projects (Pritchett v Crossrail Ltd [2015] EWHC 3474 (Admin) and [2017] EWCA Civ 317)
  • Acting for solar developers in project development disputes, including obtaining  asset freezing injunctions
  • Representing a manufacturer (automotive) in a supply contract dispute
  • Representing textile manufacturers in a multi-party High Court/Court of Appeal contract/trade mark infringement dispute. (The Trademark Licensing Company Limited & anor v Leofelis SA & ors [2012] EWHC 485 (Ch) and [2012] EWCA Civ 985)
  • Advising a property investment company in a professional negligence claim against solicitors
  • Representing insolvency practitioners in claims against directors/shareholders to recover unlawful dividends and in relation to prior transactions
  • Acting for principals in claims under the Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993
  • Acting in unfair prejudice petitions (s.994 Companies Act 2006) and in other company/shareholder disputes
  • Acting in contested winding up/bankruptcy proceedings, including obtaining injunctive relief and annulment orders
  • Acting for various clients in IT/telecoms contract disputes

Professional Memberships

  • Law Society of England and Wales
  • London Solicitors Litigation Association
  • Insolvency Lawyers Association
  • R3, the Association of Business Recovery Professionals

Career Experience

2013 to present: Partner, Winckworth Sherwood LLP

2003 to 2013: Solicitor, then Partner, Druces LLP (formerly Druces & Attlee)

2000 to 2003: Solicitor, Berrymans Lace Mawer

1998 to 2000: Solicitor, Argles & Court

1996 to 1998: Trainee Solicitor, Blaser Mills Winter Taylors

Marie-Louise King is ‘outstanding.’

Legal 500, 2017