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Gwendoline Davies

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Walker Morris LLP

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Commercial Dispute Resolution


Partner and Head of Commercial Dispute Resolution


Gwendoline is head of the firm’s Commercial Dispute Resolution Group.

Ranked as a leading individual and in the top tier for commercial dispute work for a number of years, Gwendoline is a highly respected litigator and has been involved in several reported cases. The Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession describes Gwendoline as “first-class” and “a star litigator who is very commercial and responds very quickly no matter what time or time zone.”

Her clients come from multiple industries and business sectors and include major corporates and leading financial institutions. She has more than 30 years of experience of representing clients in their most complex and important disputes. Her practice includes commercial and civil litigation matters, regulatory matters, internal investigations and domestic and international arbitrations.

She is an accredited mediator with the Centre for Dispute Resolution, a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the International Bar Association.

Yorkshire and the Humber: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

Within: Leading individuals

Gwendoline Davies - Walker Morris LLP

Within: Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

Walker Morris LLP ‘stands out from other firms in the region in terms of quality of work and the quality of the professionals within its team’ who are ‘head and shoulders above the rest and are always right on the money with their commercial acumen and sound legal advice that brings a certain creative flair to proceedings’. Recent mandates include acting for Visage in an interim injunction application, acting for Begbies Traynor as liquidators of Changtel Solutions in a High Court claim against a former director regarding allegations of fraud, and defending Trinity One in a case brought by York City Council relating to a commuted sum payment regarding the provision of affordable housing units. The team also represented Adler & Allan in a dispute relating to counter-pollution control costs following the capsizing of a fishing vessel carrying toxic pollutants in Dartmouth Harbour, and acted for in economic loss claims arising from disruptive passengers. The ‘incredibly confident and experiencedGwendoline Davies leads the group, which also includes the ‘genuinely excellent’ Malcom Simpson, Nick Lees, who has ‘a deep understanding of the law’; and director Lynsey Oakdene, who is ‘constantly focused on the needs of clients’. -David Williams joined Clarion in 2017.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Human resources


Within: Pensions

The 'commercial, sensible and reasonably priced' pensions department at Walker Morris LLP provides 'a strong professional service combining good technical knowledge of the law with commercial acumen'. Jo Ratcliffe heads the team which continues to act as Capita Group's sole pensions legal adviser. In another work highlight, the practice provided UK pensions advice to Selecta in connection with its acquisition of Pelican Rouge. The group also has extensive experience handling a range of disputes, with Gwendoline Davies leading the pensions litigation team. In addition to acting for large companies and trustees the practice was recently instructed by Northumbria Police Authority. The 'exceptionally bright and personable' Craig Looker  and 'very experienced' Ruth Bamforth were recently promoted to director. Looker is highlighted for his 'excellent capacity to bring innovation to a situation', and Bamforth is recommended for her 'calm approach and skill for contextualising matters'.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Projects, energy and natural resources (including PFI)


Within: Energy

Walker Morris LLP is ‘a leader in the market for energy-from-waste projects’ through the experience of ‘incredible professionalBen Sheppard. Sheppard’s recent work includes advising MVV Environment Services on a residual waste treatment project with Dundee Council and Angus Council, acting for Associated Waste Management on an energy-from-waste project with Bradford Metropolitan District Council and assisting Michaelis Systems with multiple contracts relating to an Isle of Wight energy-from-waste project. David Kilduff leads the practice, Gwendoline Davies handles energy sector disputes, Jules Harbage is noted for his construction expertise and Judith Pike advises on real estate work in the energy space. Sustainable Development Capital, Northern Hydropower and Barn Energy are also clients. Elizabeth Wood moved in-house.

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Within: Infrastructure

Walker Morris LLP’s ‘in-depth knowledge of the legal issues at hand makes it incredibly commercial’ and its ‘thorough, approachable and practical team is a clear choice for clients’. David Kilduff leads the group and clients also praise the ‘excellentBen Sheppard; Kilduff handles infrastructure and public sector projects and Sheppard is a key name for energy-from-waste matters. Recent mandates include advising Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council on The Glass Works Scheme, which is a two stage urban regeneration project; acting for Watford Health Campus Partnership on a scheme of commercial units, residential houses and the related infrastructure, and assisting Abu Dhabi United Group with the New Islington mixed-use regeneration in Manchester. Construction expert Jules Harbage is ‘very impressive and able to communicate in a straightforward and understandable way’ and Gwendoline Davies handles contentious matters. Director Victoria Bradley joined from Addleshaw Goddard.

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Disclosure in civil litigation: All change please, all change!

October 2018. By Gwendoline Davies

From 1 January 2019, a mandatory pilot scheme will operate in the Business and Property Courts across England and Wales, ushering in a new era of disclosure management in civil litigation. Walker Morris’ head of commercial dispute resolution, Gwendoline Davies, and senior associate and professional support lawyer, Amanda Kent, consider the changes and what they mean for in-house lawyers. [Continue Reading]

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