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Malcolm Simpson

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Walker Morris LLP

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Litigation & Dispute Resolution




Malcolm has nearly 25 years’ experience handling commercial disputes. As well as being an accomplished trial lawyer, he is frequently involved in arbitrations, mediations and expert determinations. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is a CEDR accredited mediator.

Malcolm was appointed by The Lawyer as one of the judges for their prestigious European Awards 2015, he is listed in Best Lawyers in the UK and recognised in the prestigious Acritas Stars database as a stand-out lawyer. He is the long-standing adviser to a number of global and major UK corporations and has strong connections with law firms in the US, Europe and Asia.

Malcolm regularly advises on a wide range of commercial disputes including disputes arising out of company mergers and acquisitions, complex projects and trading contracts and agreements for the acquisition and development of property. Malcolm’s practice covers a number of sectors, including automotive/engineering, energy, oil and gas and UK house-building. He has recently successfully defended a Fortune 50 company in substantial damages claim brought by its former Nigerian distributor, a case resolved immediately prior to a Supreme Court appeal. He is currently acting in a number of disputes arising out of major mining projects in western Africa and power generation projects in western Europe.

“excellent judgement – he is calm strategically and is a great thinker.” – Chambers

“very competent, very thorough – he knows the market inside out.” – Chambers

Yorkshire and the Humber: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

Within: Leading individuals

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

Walker Morris LLP’s ‘highly experienced and effective team’ is ‘one of the best in the North of the country’ and is ‘first class in all respects’. Clients praise team co-heads Andrew Beck and Martin McKeague; Beck is ‘excellent’ and McKeague is ‘focused, pragmatic, proactive and tenacious’. Highlights included assisting Legal and Contingency with enforcing a prescriptive right of way, representing the Coal Authority in a claim relating to the recovery of royalties payable under an agreement for the extraction of minerals and importation of waste, and acting for Plesvale in the High Court against a tenant seeking declaratory relief. Malcolm Simpson is also singled out as ‘a brilliant all-rounder and tough litigator’; he regularly acts for developers in disputes arising from option agreements, contracts, planning promotion agreements and supply chain issues. Other noteworthy individuals include Karl Anders and senior associate Ruth Ormrod, who focuses on landlord and tenant matters.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Walker Morris LLP’s team of ‘down-to-earth individuals and incredible communicators are exceptionally easy to engage with’ thanks to ‘an approachable and transparent approach combined with an outstanding work ethic’. James Crayton leads the group and regularly handles commercial contract work regarding IT and technology arrangements; his recent mandates include advising Marketing Lab on the development of its template contractual documentation and assisting Amscreen with the extension of its relationship with Clear Channel. Malcolm Simpson is the key name for IT disputes, Daniel O\'Gorman focuses on transactional work and Jeanette Burgess handles regulatory and compliance issues; Burgess recently acted for Age Partnership on its arrangement with Nationwide Building Society relating to the distribution of equity release products and partnered with Crayton to assist The Phoenix Partnership with the data protection issues surrounding its SystmOne clinical records system.

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