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 > Insurance > Professional negligence: claimant

The professional negligence team at Walker Morris LLP includes a wide range of experts, including commercial disputes head Gwendoline Davies, construction specialist Paul Hargreaves, Nick Lees, banking and finance litigation head Louise Power, Richard Sandford, construction and engineering head Martin Scott and managing partner Malcolm Simpson. Experienced in claims against professional advisors, the team handles high value matters with a focus on investor fraud, property hijack, money laundering and cybercrime. In addition, the firm is increasingly active in issues raised against conveyancing solicitors, many of which related to defects within off-plan apartments, hotel rooms and student accommodation. Director Sandip Singh has expertise in multi-party frauds and the misappropriation of funds.

Yorkshire and the Humber > Employment > Pensions

Led by Jo Ratcliffe, the pensions team at Walker Morris LLP is ‘excellent‘ and acts for a range of national employers and trustees on contentious and non-contentious issues. The group has extensive expertise in complex pensions regulator funding interventions, GMP equalisation issues and transactional due diligence matters. Director Ruth Bamforth is the name for both employers and trustees, while litigation contact Gwendoline Davies handles domestic and international dispute resolution work. The team is active in the privatised utilities industry and public sector. The well-regarded Elizabeth Graham  bolstered the practice, joining from Squire Patton Boggs, and brings nearly three decades of expertise in pensions law.

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

(Hall of Fame)

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Walker Morris LLP‘s ‘formidable‘ commercial litigation team has a breadth of dispute resolution experience; it is particularly popular among North American headquartered industrial companies and Western European energy companies and counts a range of leading UK food and drink manufacturing, housebuilding and retail sector companies among its clients. The group also counts competition follow-on damages claims among its growth areas, for which Nick Lees is noted, while recently promoted partner Nick McQueen is developing a niche in energy and facilities management contract disputes. Led by ‘star‘ litigator Gwendoline Davies, the team also includes highly experienced managing partner Malcolm Simpson. Other names to note include director Lynsey Oakdene, who has particular expertise in procurement challenges, and senior associate Claire Acklam, who is highlighted for her ‘friendly, unflappable approach and pragmatic advice’.

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

Walker Morris LLP fields a cross-disciplinary team of experts across real estate, construction and planning to handle infrastructure projects, particularly in the waste and bioresources sectors. Overseen by Ben Sheppard, who is the contact for waste and energy-from-waste projects, the core group comprises construction expert Jules Harbage, and Judith Pike, who is noted for real estate transactions. The team also receives a steady stream of mandates across housing and wind farm financing projects. On the litigation side, Gwendoline Davies focuses on energy-related disputes, acting for large businesses.

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

Walker Morris LLP’s competition practice has a focus on merger control and complex litigation work, and is led by Trudy Feaster-Gee who is singled out for her ‘eye for detail and pragmatism’. The team regularly handles a significant amount of public procurement matters for local authorities and higher education sector clients, as well as advising on state aid work. Litigators Nick Lees and Gwendoline Davies are key names for competition-related damages work and commercial disputes. Director Sue Harris has experience in multi-party litigation. In early 2021 Sarah Ward joined the team as a partner from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.