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

Walker Morris LLP
33 Wellington Street
LEEDS
LS1 4DL
England

Work Department

Commercial Dispute Resolution

Position

Partner and Head of Commercial Dispute Resolution

Career

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 > Employment > Pensions

With a client roster comprising national employers and trustees, Walker Morris LLP’s pensions practice handles the breadth of contentious and non-contentious issues. Recent engagements for practice head Jo Ratcliffe have involved GMP equalisation, revisions of scheme deeds and rules, audits of historical errors, buyins and buyouts and transactional due diligence. Director Ruth Bamforth leads on bulk transfer projects for defined contribution plans. Commercial litigation head Gwendoline Davies defended a high-value pensions claim for a pensions administrator concerning scheme management and investment.

Yorkshire and the Humber > Insurance > Professional negligence: claimant

Walker Morris LLP‘s expertise spans numerous sectors and the team acts in disputes involving accountants, solicitors and architects. The practice is also frequently instructed in claims arising from leasehold disputes, including claims where the title to a property is unsecured or there is a challenge to the value of the lender’s security. Gwendoline Davies, Paul Hargreaves, Nick Lees, Louise Power, Richard Sandford, Martin Scott and Malcolm Simpson collectively lead the team and are key practitioners. Andrew Beck became a consultant in 2019.

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

Walker Morris LLP draws expertise from its real estate, projects, construction and finance departments to handle national, low-carbon infrastructure projects for public and private clients. Practice head Ben Sheppard has extensive experience advising on waste and energy-from-waste projects, while Jules Harbage recently assisted with the engineering contracts for energy and gas storage projects. Gwendoline Davies focuses on energy litigation, notably acting for renewable energy providers in damages claims. The team also advises on rail and housing projects. Judith Pike is also a key name to note.

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

Walker Morris LLP’s competition practice has notable strength in merger control and regulatory compliance issues under the leadership of Trudy Feaster-Gee. The team is also instructed by a high volume of private equity clients to support on UK investments; corporate clients also stem from the energy and IT sectors. The group also advises public bodies on state aid issues. Contentious matters are handled by commercial litigators Nick Lees and Gwendoline Davies; recent work includes handling follow-on damages cases arising from cartel disputes.

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

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Gwendoline DaviesWalker Morris LLP

Walker Morris LLP has a strong commercial disputes practice with particular construction, manufacturing, energy, food and retail sector expertise. The group acts for a growing list of leading UK and global companies as well as entrepreneurs; it is also a popular choice for foreign companies in UK disputes and counts US-headquartered industrial companies and Western European energy companies among its clients. Practice head Gwendoline Davies, Malcolm Simpson and Nick Lees all have broad expertise in commercial litigation and arbitration. Other names to note include directors Nick McQueen, who has developed a niche in energy sector litigation, and Lynsey Oakdene.