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Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Guy Harvey

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Shepherd and Wedderburn

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Commercial and International Disputes


Guy is Head of Commercial Disptes. He has expertise on a wide range of complex disputes including judicial review, regulation and competition law, international litigation, contentious chancery work and cases at every level of the English Courts. With extensive experience of mediations and of various international arbitration and ADR procedures, Guy has been consistently recognised as a leader in his field in the independent legal directories. Most recently, he was instrumental in successfully representing Albion Water Limited in its multimillion pound claim for damages (both compensatory and exemplary) against Welsh Water in the competition appeals tribunal. He has also recently been involved in a series of oil industry disputes.


Trained Simpson Curtis (since Pinsent Curtis Biddle, now Pinsent Mason), qualified 1976, partner/head of commercial litigation 1978-96; partner/head of commercial litigation Dickinson Dees 1997-2009; partner Shepherd and Wedderburn 2009 – 2016, Head of Commercial Disputes; trained mediator.

Current directorships: Landor Records Ltd


Law Society; ILA; FRSA.


Stowe School; Trinity College, Cambridge.


Music, theatre, the arts generally and France.

London: Corporate and commercial

EU and competition

Within: EU and competition

The ‘down-to-earth’ practice at Shepherd and Wedderburn delivers ‘high quality specialist advice’ and ‘hands-on attention from partners’, with a client roster which includes Teva, BT, Skyscanner and Heineken.  The firm’s competition team is now led by Gordon Moir following John Schmidt's departure to Arnold & Porter. Moir and solicitor advocate John MacKenzie continued to act for the European Competitive Telecoms Association on its intervention on behalf of the EC in the case of Orange Polska v EC. Consultant Annemaree McDonough is noted for her experience in regulatory matters in the telecoms sector, while Guy Harvey and Claire Stockford are important team members on the contentious competition side.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Shepherd and Wedderburn  is 'excellent on every level'. The team acted for a financial services client on two significant claims, including contractual damages allegations against a Ghanaian company. Claire Stockford is a commercial disputes barrister; and senior associate Ben Pilbrow is 'very calm and analytical'. Philip Sewell joined from Maclay Murray & Spens, while former commercial disputes head Guy Harvey retired from the firm but remains a disputes funding consultant, and Jane Wessel joined Arnold & Porter.

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Scotland: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Shepherd and Wedderburn offers ‘an outstanding level of service’ to clients engaged in trust and probate disputes. ‘Incisive’ Christopher McGill ‘clearly has a strong breadth of knowledge and an impressive level of professionalism’ and co-leads the practice alongside the head of commercial disputes, Guy Harvey. The group acts for private individuals and trustees, as well as institutional clients in a wide range of disputes and associated professional negligence actions and contentious private tax matters. Alastair Frood is advising siblings on the interpretation of a clause in their late father’s will, in relation to the wishes of another sibling, the eldest son who inherited the estate, to sell the property for development. Elaine Brailsford is acting on behalf of a partner in a farming business in a complex family dispute.

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