Stephanie Walls Partner

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“Widely regarded for her corporate and commercial litigation practice. ”

Chambers UK A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2016
Stephanie is a partner in the Thames Valley Commercial Litigation team with extensive experience of managing and advising in relation to all types of complex commercial disputes and acting in succession and trust disputes.

Main areas of practice 

Stephanie represents clients in court proceedings and at alternative methods of dispute resolution, such as mediation. She regularly advises in relation to complex commercial contract and company law disputes. She also has expertise in judicial review, succession and trust disputes and professional negligence claims.

Significant experience 

Reported Cases

  • Brookes v Harris and anor (1995) (legal aid statutory charge/tools of trade)
  • Buckingham & ors v Rycotewood College (2003) (disappointment damages for breach of contract to educate)
  • Rickman v Brudenell-Bruce, Earl of Cardigan & Ford (2005) (implied term/ consent under restrictive covenant not to be unreasonably withheld)
  • The General Trading Company (Holdings) Ltd v Richmond Corporation Ltd (2008) (penalty clause)

Health & Social Care

  • Advising in relation to breach of contract claims and dispute resolution procedures, advising in relation to drafting of clauses within framework agreements.

Education

  • Acting for a college of further education in defending a claim brought against the college by students for breach of contract (establishing an entitlement for damages breach of contract to educate).
  • Acting for a provider of gap year travel opportunities in its dealing with local authorities, students and schools.
  • Advising a college of further education in relation to a judicial review of a decision by its regulatory body withdrawing accreditation for a specific degree.
  • Advising a college of further education in relation to disputes with its students relating to the nature and content of its courses

Non Sector Specific

  • Advising in relation to contractual interpretation and construction of vehicle service agreements for a major logistics company.
  • Representing a regional police authority in connection with a claim against a former service provider for negligence in relation to its pensions provision.
  • Representing a foreign security/terrorism prevention equipment company in defending a contractual dispute valued at c £4.3 m by the former owners of part of the business.

“... has particular expertise in insolvency disputes, and clients appreciate her understanding of the business.”

Chambers UK A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2015

“"Sensible and businesslike" Stephanie is a partner in the Thames Valley Litigation department. Sources compliment her "good tactical sense" and "dogged determination to get the best deal for her clients." ”

Chambers UK A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession, 2013

Expertise

Articles by Stephanie

Contentious Probate Update – Oxford

Speaking engagement

Stephanie will be speaking at this event on seeking permission to issue Inheritance Act claims out of time.

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