Mrs Gwendoline Davies > Walker Morris LLP > Leeds, England > Lawyer Profile

Walker Morris LLP
33 Wellington Street

Work Department

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.

Lawyer Rankings

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

Praised for its ‘exceptional client care and collaborative approach‘, Walker Morris LLP‘s infrastructure and energy practice is particularly noted for its knowledge of the energy-from-waste and bio-resources sector where it acts for local authorities, contractors, fuel suppliers, developers and technology suppliers. The group is also active in renewables work and Net Zero issues including sustainable finance work and low-carbon projects. Energy-from-waste specialist Ben Sheppard, real estate expert Judith Pike and corporate partner Tim Jackson-Smith jointly lead the practice, which also includes litigator Gwendoline Davies and Jules Harbage, who handles construction work.

Yorkshire and the Humber > Insurance > Professional negligence

(Leading Individuals)

Gwendoline Davies  – Walker Morris LLP

Walker Morris LLP draws on the expert teams of its commercial dispute resolution, construction and infrastructure, and banking litigation practices to provide sector-specific expertise in its handling of professional negligence claims. Gwendoline Davies heads up the commercial dispute resolution team, with experience bringing claims against accountants, trustees, and other professionals, where she works alongside Nick Lees and Malcolm Simpson. Paul Hargreaves, Martin Scott and senior director Sue Harris handle matters relating to engineering and construction, with a strong track record in claims against professionals involved in the development and sale of major projects. Richard Sandford, Louise Power and Rob Payne work on claims arising against professionals in the finance space.

Yorkshire and the Humber > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

(Hall of Fame)

Gwendoline DaviesWalker Morris LLP

The ‘astute commercial litigation practice’ at Walker Morris LLP acts frequently for leading national and international food and drink manufacturers, energy and infrastructure, heavy industry, and retail clients. The team acts on cross-border disputes, instructed by many leading UK and global companies. In addition to the bench strength of the pure commercial disputes, the practice is complemented by the banking, construction, and real-estate litigation teams of the firm. ‘Highly skilled, impressive and pragmaticGwendoline Davies leads the team, with expertise in litigation, arbitration, and ADR. Managing partner Malcolm Simpson has an impressive practice, representing global US headquartered firms and FTSE 100 clients. Nick Lees is also a key experienced figure in the team. Director Lynsey Oakdene remains a key player, handling a broad range of commercial disputes.

Yorkshire and the Humber > Corporate and commercial > EU and competition

Walker Morris LLP has demonstrable experience across a wide spectrum of competition matters, spanning from merger control and foreign direct investment, to competition litigation. Its client base includes national and international corporates across a range of sectors, as well as foreign law firms. The team is headed up by Sarah Ward, whose practice covers competition law investigations, merger control, and subsidy control matters. Gwendoline Davies is noted for her expertise in litigious competition law matters, including in relation to cartels and competition damages claims. Former practice co-head Trudy Feaster-Gee retired in February 2023.