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Huw Wallis

Head of Disputes & Partner

“My approach to litigation is rooted in a straight-talking, honest and realistic approach to objectives, costs and the prospects of success”.

Educated at St John’s College Cambridge University, Huw worked for ten years as a litigator at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and White & Case before working first as a partner in a regional firm, then forming his own boutique firm, which merged with Greenwoods in 2012.

Huw heads the Greenwoods’ Disputes team, which includes specialist sub-teams in Construction, Financial Services and Property Disputes, advising clients across all three of the firm’s offices.  He is a Legal 500 ‘Leading Individual’ and ‘Ranked Lawyer’ in Chambers and Partners.


“Acclaimed team noted for its ability to handle contentious insolvency, shareholder disputes and financial services litigation. Also experienced in construction and manufacturing industries disputes, and able to bring emergency injunctive proceedings on behalf of clients.”

(Chambers and Partners 2020)

“The most supportive solicitor team I have ever worked with”

(Barrister - Radcliffe Chambers)

“Client focused, empathetic and incredibly smart.”

(The Legal 500 2022)

“…really practical and tuned in to the actual needs of clients and what the litigation process involves at a granular level. This enables realistic and practical advice to be given and it also helps in spotting potential pressure points on opponents.”

(The Legal 500 2022)

“The team is most pragmatic, responsive and sensitive to the requirements of clients.”

(The Legal 500 2022)

“Personal, affordable and best practice. Exceptional access to partners and very knowledgeable advisors in the area of litigation.”

(The Legal 500 2021)

“Very high-quality work is done in a commercial and cost-effective way.”

(The Legal 500 2021)

“My experience means that I am regularly engaged to formulate bespoke strategies in critical disputes for major companies, as well as smaller owner-managed businesses and individuals in the region, nationally and internationally.  These disputes are often high-profile in nature”.

Huw has a wealth of experience in commercial disputes of all kinds, many featuring complex or international elements.  He has acted for clients in High Court proceedings, all the major arbitral forums and a number of specialist tribunals.  He also regularly deals with claims involving injunctive relief and procurement and tender challenges.

He is consistently rated by Legal 500 and Chambers: “Superb, friendly and professional…a City-style service at Cambridge rates…Huw Wallis [is] sensible, helpful and to the point” and “straight-talking, realistic, with an impressive list of national and international clients”, “strong tactically, with an acute commercial nose”.

Huw has also hosted a webinar on the implementation of Damages Based Agreements (DBAs) for LexisNexis and has written extensively on the topic.

  • Successfully advising a US company on an urgent basis in challenging a multi-million pound tender award made by a public body in the UK, which resulted in the tender being withdrawn without the need for proceedings to be issued.
  • Acting for a leading individual in F1 (and related family companies) in proceedings relating to recovery of circa £300m.
  • Defending a Bahamian/UK national in proceedings relating to alleged fraudulent misrepresentation arising out of a US$15m investment offering.
  • Defending numerous high-profile data privacy claims brought against one of the UK’s main political parties, widely reported in the national press.
  • Advising in relation to a claim in the oil & gas sector for recovery of circa £3m in unpaid consultancy fees.
  • Acting against a major bank in financial services/FOS proceedings arising out of fallout from the Swiss Franc/Euro currency peg.A number of unfair prejudice claims, acting for both petitioners and respondents: one arising from the sale of a construction business for circa £100m; another arising from the breakdown of a former motor racing/property investment business.
  • An £8m claim arising from alleged MTIC fraud.
  • Various injunctive relief claims as diverse as the recovery of a classic Ferrari (and subsequent proceedings in the Australian courts) and a Turkish/UK property fraud.
  • A novel claim for £2.5m brought against a major supermarket for breach of the Groceries Code arising from the termination of a supply agreement, the first of its kind.

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