Allan Wilson Partner
“Clients benefit from his professional approach, detailed advice and good knowledge of public policy.”
Allan is a partner and leads the Cardiff Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team and the contentious procurement capability across Blake Morgan. He has extensive experience of advising public sector clients, particularly in relation to judicial review and procurement challenges and private sector clients on a wide range of commercial and corporate disputes.
Allan is also a qualified Mediator and has acted as an Independent Supervising Solicitor for the purpose of enforcing search and seize orders and is a member of the Legal Practice Course Advisory Board at Cardiff University, as well as an external examiner for that University’s Expert Witness Accreditation Scheme.
Main areas of practice
A significant proportion of Allan’s recent work has involved dealing with procurement claims and judicial review proceedings.
He also has extensive experience of substantial and often high profile, media sensitive disputes and has dealt with commercial clients in the banking, manufacturing, construction, forestry, funeral services, information technology, communication systems, transportation and professional sports fields to name a few. He has also advised in relation to major pension litigation (see PNPF Trust Company Limited v Taylor & Others).
His work has included securing and defending injunctions of all types, including delivery up orders for business critical items and particularly freezing orders and search and seize orders. He has acted as an Independent Supervising Solicitor for the purposes of enforcing search and seize orders. He often gives advice on methods of preventing disputes or how to minimise their effects, particularly in the context of contract termination and he advises on the tactics to be adopted in pre-litigation situations, specifically to deal with reputational protection.
Clients in the public sector include Government Departments, Trust Ports, various Health bodies in both England and Wales, Local Authorities and Housing Associations; clients in the private sector include private companies, in a variety of sectors, including energy, health and manufacturing, building societies, partnerships, individual directors and shareholders and sports bodies.
- Advising in relation to challenges brought against public authorities under the procurement regulations involving issues of criteria, sub-criteria, application of scoring methodologies, Alcatel letters, manifest errors, disclosure, discrimination and unfair treatment, including where claims for ineffectiveness were made and in cases affecting IT systems, educational software, cancer drugs, advocacy services, dental services, sharps bins, electronic patient record systems, building supplies, space planning and design services, transcription services, community health services and various items of medical equipment.
- Advising on judicial review proceedings, for example concerning (i) statutory consultation obligations (ii) reorganisation of health services including the Trust Special Administrators regime in Mid Staffordshire, (iii) standard services contracts (iv) planning regulations and local authority conduct (see the cases of R (oao Fudge), R (oao Lloyd), R(oao) Donohoe, R(oao) Thomas, R(oao) Flatley, R(oao) Dale and R(oao) Godfrey), (v) Home Office consultation processes for National police funding, (vi) funded nursing care in Wales.
- Advising on issues arising out of a petition to the European Parliament and threatened infraction proceedings in relation to the LNG terminals in Milford Haven.
- Advising NHS England in relation to amendments to National Health contracts, procurement issues, tariff and GP contracts and disputes concerning funding allocations for children’s health care.
- Advising Local Authorities in relation to procurement challenges, including in relation to highways maintenance, lighting issues and building supplies partners.
- Advising in relation to shareholders disputes involving variously the wrongful exercise of discretion affecting share valuations, unfair dealings with property, software development and a joint venture school.
- Advising in relation to a dispute concerning the development of a new gas fired power station in England and the contractual obligations surrounding the necessary statutory consents.
- Advising on the termination of commercial contracts, including in relation to technological processes and machinery, insurance services, parking services and private medical services.
- Advising a Trust Port in relation to the application of the Freedom of Information and Environmental Information Regulations, including conducting proceedings before the Information Tribunal.
- Advising Residential Social Landlords and Housing Associations on challenges to procurements.
- Advising on several multi-party claims arising from complex contractual relationships in the gas and energy sectors.
- Advising on commercial disputes arising out of traffic management contracts, including reputational management issues.
“Allan Wilson is very experienced and is recommended for procurement challenges and judicial review proceedings; notable clients include the Welsh Health Boards, and the Welsh government.”
“Allan is highly regarded by market sources as 'a very strong litigator'.”
Articles by Allan
In this case the NDA's failed to award Energy Solutions a contract despite them being the most economically advantageous tenderer. The High Court has delivered a judgment that they are entitled to damages from the NDA.
Allan Wilson, Partner and Hannah James, Senior Solicitor of Blake Morgan, with Counsel Fenella Morris QC and Benjamin Tankel of 39 Essex Street Chambers, successfully defend the NHS in Wales from a multi-million pound challenge by care home providers
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