Mr Malcolm Simpson > Walker Morris LLP > Leeds, England > Lawyer Profile

Walker Morris LLP
33 Wellington Street

Work Department

Litigation & Dispute Resolution




Malcolm has nearly 25 years’ experience handling commercial disputes. As well as being an accomplished trial lawyer, he is frequently involved in arbitrations, mediations and expert determinations. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is a CEDR accredited mediator.

Malcolm was appointed by The Lawyer as one of the judges for their prestigious European Awards 2015, he is listed in Best Lawyers in the UK and recognised in the prestigious Acritas Stars database as a stand-out lawyer. He is the long-standing adviser to a number of global and major UK corporations and has strong connections with law firms in the US, Europe and Asia.

Malcolm regularly advises on a wide range of commercial disputes including disputes arising out of company mergers and acquisitions, complex projects and trading contracts and agreements for the acquisition and development of property. Malcolm’s practice covers a number of sectors, including automotive/engineering, energy, oil and gas and UK house-building. He has recently successfully defended a Fortune 50 company in substantial damages claim brought by its former Nigerian distributor, a case resolved immediately prior to a Supreme Court appeal. He is currently acting in a number of disputes arising out of major mining projects in western Africa and power generation projects in western Europe.

“excellent judgement – he is calm strategically and is a great thinker.” – Chambers

“very competent, very thorough – he knows the market inside out.” – Chambers

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

(Leading individuals)

Malcolm SimpsonWalker Morris LLP

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 > Real estate > Property litigation

Walker Morris LLP provides ‘a good balance of service and price without compromising on quality’. The client roster includes national retailers, landlords, developers, local authorities and public sector bodies. Martin McKeague provides ‘practical and sensible advice’ on a wide range of contentious matters, and is growing his practice in the field of insurance acting for both defective title indemnity insurers and claimants. Malcolm Simpson and Karl Anders represent developers and landlords. Senior associates Lewis Couth and David Manda are also recommended.

Yorkshire and the Humber > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms

The technology and digital practice group at Leeds firm Walker Morris LLP is headed by Sally Mewies; the team works with a range of major providers of software and technology services. The group handles a significant amount of complex contractual work, licensing deals, and cloud and SaaS contracts. James Crayton acts for both public and private sector clients on a wide range of technology matters, including IT outsourcings, whilst associate Malcolm Simpson is a key name for commercial disputes. Jeanette Burgess advises on data security work and information law. AI and blockchain matters also feature in the firm’s workload.