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Managing Partner: Malcolm Simpson
Non-executive Chairman: David Smedley
Number of partners: 50
Fee Earners: 291

Contacts
Commercial:
James Crayton
Corporate: John Hamer
Banking: Philip Scott
Litigation: David Smedley
Real Estate: Jeremy Moore

THE FIRM
“a distinctive law firm valued by its clients for consistently delivering excellent results”

Walker Morris offers clients a single site, full service commercial law firm focused on providing a wide range of clients, nationally and internationally, with partner led high quality advice. The firm’s national centre of excellence in Leeds offers significant advantages in terms of developing a strong team based culture within the firm, with the inherent value and cost effectiveness that a Leeds base brings.

The success of the firm’s model is reflected by its clients which are drawn from a broad range of sectors which include food and drink, manufacturing, retail, finance, education, healthcare, private equity, technology and media, energy and renewable, public sector and real estate. With a staff of over 440 including 50 partners and 291 fee earners, the firm is uniquely recognised for its strong multi-disciplinary teamwork and straight forward advice. 

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK
Walker Morris is a commercial B2B law firm offering a full range of legal services. Its depth of expertise assures its broad client base of national and international companies, public sector bodies, institutions and not-for-profit organisations, that all of their needs can be met by this one firm.

Corporate: The ethos within the firm's Corporate Group is to create value for its clients by investing the time to understand its clients’ businesses. The firm's experienced lawyers undertake high profile corporate work for a broad range of clients from international household names to management teams in privately owned businesses. The Group successfully combines first class expertise and sector focus with the type of independent, user-friendly advice which its clients particularly appreciate. The firm's reputation as a trusted adviser has helped to attract an enviable list of clients. The Corporate Group includes specialists dealing with all aspects of corporate and commercial work and is supported by perhaps the strongest single site banking, insolvency and commercial teams outside the City of London. The firm offers lawyers familiar with all aspects of corporate law and regulation affecting public and private companies, private equity providers, management teams and their respective advisers, from corporate governance and compliance issues to M&A, IPOs, MBOs, MBIs, fundraisers, takeover bids and tax.

Finance: The Finance Group offers a breadth of specialist expertise in all areas of finance including banking, restructuring, property finance, insolvency, recoveries, real estate and litigation. The Group acts for corporates as well as some of the UK’s largest financial institutions and is recognised as a leading player in the region. The Group was previously awarded the Legal 500 'Finance Firm of the Year (outside London)' award.

Litigation: The Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department consists of 18 partners and is one of the largest and most successful outside London. It is a previous recipient of the Legal 500 ‘Litigation Firm of the Year (outside London)' award. In addition to the litigation undertaken by the employment, construction, intellectual property and insolvency teams, Walker Morris also has vast experience in the fields of commercial dispute resolution, property litigation, banking litigation and professional negligence. It regularly handles high-profile and sensitive disputes, and as well as offering in-depth experience at trial, it handles all forms of dispute resolution including arbitration, expert determination, adjudication and mediation, and several partners are accredited mediators.

Real Estate: The Real Estate Group, comprising of nearly 40 lawyers, 10 of which are partners, is one of the premier real estate groups in the UK and was previously shortlisted for the Legal 500 'Real Estate Firm of the Year (outside London)’ award. It offers a full commercial property service and is supported by the property litigation, commercial dispute resolution, tax, planning and environment, and construction groups. The Group’s list of clients has been likened to ‘a walk down the high street’ as it acts for many well-known brands and the quality, range and value of the work undertaken is impressive.

Commercial: Working for both the public and private sectors, the work undertaken includes: intellectual property matters; mainstream private sector commercial contracting; IT and technology contracting; and public sector project and procurement work. The Group has substantial in-house experience with many of its lawyers coming from or having secondments with in-house public and private sector teams. It has a national reputation for project work, having acted on some of the UK’s biggest projects, particularly in the waste and renewable energy sectors.

INTERNATIONAL
Working with a global network of like-minded firms, the firm believes that clients’ interests in overseas matters are best served by introducing them to the right overseas firms for the matter in hand, rather than adopting a ‘one size fits all’ approach.

RECRUITMENT
Walker Morris continues to invest in its specialist expertise, having made a number of lateral hires and internal promotions in key growth areas. It heavily supports training and development for all staff as a means of achieving the firm’s corporate objectives. For further information please visit www.walkermorris.co.uk/careers.

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Professional Negligence: Mainly Claimant
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