Louise Macdonald PSL Senior Associate


Speaks:  English, French

Qualified: 2007 - Solicitor of England & Wales


Primary office:  Birmingham




Louise Macdonald

Louise is a Knowledge Lawyer in the Dispute Resolution Group. Her work ensures the firm's litigation lawyers are first class sector-focused commercial advisors. She delivers commercial litigation know-how, current awareness and research on knotty issues, strengthening the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of Gowling's legal advice and helping to maximise the team's productivity.

Louise has particular expertise in data protection and cyber security, having grown her knowledge working as a Professional Support Lawyer at the time the GDPR was implemented in the UK. She works on technical research, training, articles and alerts covering the latest trends and developments, both in this field from a contentious perspective, and across a wider litigation context.

Her background as an Associate in the Dispute Resolution team at international firm, Reed Smith (where she also trained) saw her practise across a broad remit of commercial litigation. This included complex contractual disputes, product liability, arbitration (LCIA) and a follow-on claim in the CAT.

She has strong experience in group litigation: She worked in the defence team for a corporate insured in the Employers Liability Policy Trigger litigation, at Court of Appeal stage. She was also in the defence team on the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Textile Industrial Deafness (test case) Litigation, defending historic employers, ultimately decided by the Supreme Court (Baker v Quantum Clothing Group Limited [2011] UKSC 17).

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2023

    • Career
      July 2023
      Gowling WLG (UK), PSL Senior Associate
  • 2021

    • Career
      January 2021
      Gowling WLG (UK), PSL
  • 2017

    • Career
      April 2017
      Wright Hassall LLP, Professional Support Lawyer
  • 2009

    • Career
      January 2009
      Hill Hofstetter LLP, Associate Solicitor
  • 2007

    • Career
      September 2007
      Reed Smith LLP, Associate Solicitor
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      September 2007
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
  • 2005

    • Career
      September 2005
      Reed Smith LLP, Trainee
  • 2003

    • Education
       2003
      Oxford Institute of Legal Practice, LPC
  • 2002

    • Education
       2002
      College of Law, Birmingham, PgDL, Law
  • 2001

    • Education
       2001
      University of Bristol, BA (hons) Modern Languages
  • 2000

    • Education
       2000
      Siena University, Italy, Erasmus exchange (year abroad)
    • Education
       2000
      Sorbonne University, Paris, Cours pour Etrangers (year abroad)