Huw Wallis > Greenwoods GRM > London, England > Lawyer Profile
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Partner and Head of Disputes
Huw prides himself on a straight-talking, honest and realistic approach to costs, objectives and the prospects of success.
Educated at St John’s College Cambridge University, Huw worked for ten years as a litigator at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and White & Case before working first as a partner in a regional firm, then forming his own boutique firm, which merged with Greenwoods GRM in 2012.
Huw heads the Greenwoods GRM Disputes team, which includes specialist sub-teams in Construction, Financial Services and Property Disputes, advising clients across all three of the firm’s offices.
Huw has a wealth of experience in commercial disputes of all kinds, many featuring complex or international elements. He has acted for clients in High Court proceedings, all the major arbitral forums and a number of specialist tribunals. He also regularly deals with claims involving injunctive relief. Clients include major companies, as well as smaller owner-managed businesses and individuals in the region, nationally and internationally.
Recent work has included:
- Acting for a leading individual in F1 (and related family companies) in proceedings relating to recovery of circa £300m.
- Defending a Bahamian/UK national in proceedings relating to alleged fraudulent misrepresentation arising out of a US$15m investment offering.
- Advising in relation to a claim in the oil & gas sector for recovery of circa £3m in unpaid consultancy fees.
- A claim for £2.5m brought against a major supermarket for breach of the Groceries Code arising from the termination of a supply agreement.
- Acting against a major bank in financial services/FOS proceedings arising out of fallout from the Swiss Franc/Euro currency peg.
- A number of unfair prejudice claims, acting for both petitioners and respondents: one arising from the sale of a construction business for circa £100m; another arising from the breakdown of a former motor racing/property investment business.
- An £8m claim arising from alleged MTIC fraud.
- Various injunctive relief claims as diverse as the recovery of a classic Ferrari (and subsequent proceedings in the Australian courts) and a Turkish/UK property fraud.
Huw has also hosted a webinar on the implementation of Damages Based Agreements (DBAs) for LexisNexis and has written extensively on the topic.
Huw is ranked in Legal 500 in the elite group of “leading lawyers” in his field. He maintains strong “best friend” referral relationships with a number of City firms.
Greenwoods GRM‘s disputes practice, which is led by Huw Wallis, includes specialist sub-teams that are active in construction, financial services and property disputes. In a significant development in 2020, Euan Palmer joined from Rosling King LLP; in addition to being active in oil and gas disputes, he is also sought after for advice on other matters, such as shareholder disputes, unfair prejudice petitions and commercial fraud cases. Nicholas Scott left for Blaser Mills Law in February 2021.
Greenwoods GRM is ‘‘really practical and tuned in to the actual needs of clients and what the litigation process involves at a granular level‘. The firm handles high-profile cases for a diverse range of clients, among them major developers and manufacturing companies, whether regional or national in nature. Practice head Huw Wallis is mainly based in London, but he works frequently in Peterborough to oversee a busy and highly skilled team that includes partner Adele Whaley and ‘practical, approachable‘ senior associate Jamie McConnell.
The property litigation practice at Greenwoods GRM is led from London, though head of disputes Huw Wallis, who work in both London and Peterborough, is frequently involved in major cases. In East Anglia, associate Amy Castleman is a key member of a practice that is ‘ efficient, hardworking and sensitive to their clients’ needs‘. Castleman has a niche specialism in property guardianship cases, though she also works with the London-based practice head on leasehold and collective enfranchisement matters.