Delme Griffiths Senior Associate
Delme is a Senior Associate in our Dispute Resolution division with experience across a wide range of commercial disputes including contractual claims, professional negligence, defamation and unfair prejudice proceedings. He also has specific expertise in regulatory and professional conduct work.
Main areas of practice
Delme has conducted and assisted in commercial disputes in the High Court and County Court. He has conducted Court hearings and represented clients at settlement negotiations and mediations.
He has conducted and assisted in a number of significant judicial review proceedings, on behalf of private and public sector clients and has extensive experience in the regulation of the solicitors' profession, including investigating cases of professional misconduct involving solicitors.
He also has experience in acting for clients in the not-for-profit/charitable sector.
Public Law / Regulation
- Assisting in the defence of judicial review proceedings on behalf of the Financial Ombudsman Service (“the FOS”) brought by the British Bankers Association against the FOS and the Financial Services Authority in relation to payment protection insurance (“PPI”) complaints handling measures. An estimated 50 million PPI policies were sold by lenders and recent reports estimate the banking industry's total provision in connection with mis-sold PPI is likely to exceed £20 billion. (R (on the application of British Bankers Association v (1) The Financial Services Authority and (2) The Financial Ombudsman Service  EWHC 999).
- Assisting in judicial review proceedings on behalf of the Welsh Language Commissioner challenging a decision of National Savings and Investments to withdraw its Welsh language scheme. (R (on the application of the Welsh Language Commissioner) v National Savings and Investments  EWHC 488 (Admin))
- Advising the SRA on a wide range of matters including intervention challenges, proceedings in the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and judicial review proceedings.
- Acting in relation to challenges and threatened challenges to procurement procedures run by a variety of public bodies.
- Acting for a University challenging a decision of the UKBA to revoke its Highly Trusted Sponsor status.
- Conducting judicial review proceedings on behalf of a telecommunications company challenging a decision by the Advertising Standards Authority.
- Assisting in judicial review proceedings on behalf of a private client challenging a decision of the Minister for the Environment, Planning and Countryside regarding European farm subsidies.
- Assisting in judicial review proceedings on behalf of a claimant challenging a decision by the Countryside Council to notify an area of land as a site of special scientific interest. (R. (on the application of Western Power Distribution Investments Ltd) v Countryside Council for Wales  EWHC 50).
- Assisting in the defence of judicial review proceedings challenging a commercial tender process. (R. (on the application of Gamesa Energy UK Ltd) v National Assembly for Wales  EWHC 2167).
- Acting as Legal Advisor to a disciplinary panel.
General Commercial Litigation
- Delme has experience in the law of defamation and reputation management. He has conducted defamation proceedings and has recently represented two defendants in a high profile, multi-party High Court action culminating in a 5-day trial in July 2014. He has also given pre-publication advice.
- Acting in proceedings on behalf of shareholders seeking relief from unfair prejudice pursuant to section 994 of the Companies Act 2006. Delme also previously assisted in acting for the respondents to unfair prejudice proceedings concerning allegations that the affairs of a joint venture company had been conducted in a way that caused unfair prejudice. (Hawkes v Cuddy  EWHC 2999 (Ch)).
- Conducting High Court proceedings on behalf of a claimant seeking damages for breach of a consultancy agreement.
- Advising a charitable client in relation to a potential challenge to local authority spending cuts.
- Assisting in a reference by the Attorney General to the Charity Tribunal. The reference sought to address uncertainty about whether institutions for the relief of poverty among a class of potential beneficiaries defined by reference to their relationship with either one or more entities, or one or more individuals, were capable of being charities under charity law, as affected by the Charities Act 2006.
- Acting for one of the UK’s leading men’s health charities in a professional negligence dispute.
Articles by Delme
Judgment has been handed down by the Court of Appeal in the latest authority considering compliance with Unless Orders and applications for relief from sanction.
This case concerns a company called Norton Aluminium Ltd. It went into administration following a draft judgment by which HHJ McKenna upheld claims in nuisance brought against it by a group of local residents.
Blake Morgan has successfully defended two individuals in high profile defamation proceedings that were brought against them and three other individuals by Mohammad Asghar, a Welsh Assembly Member.
Related Knowledge & Resources
The GMC successfully appealed a suspension order imposed against a General Practitioner for engaging in a sexual relationship with a vulnerable patient.
General Medical Council and others v Michalak (Solicitors Regulation Authority and others intervening) Supreme Court  UKSC 71
Professionals who wish to bring a discrimination claim against their regulator can do so in the Employment Tribunal – they are not prevented from doing so by the availability of judicial review - unless there is a specific statutory right of appeal.
This decision of the Queen's Bench Division, supports Ivey as good law and as the correct approach to be applied in regulatory proceedings.