Stephanie Walls Partner

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“Sensible and practical.”

Chambers UK 2018
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.


  • 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.


Stephanie’s Blog

What is fraudulent calumny?

Fraudulent calumny is fraudulent misrepresentation made about an individual to a testator, for the purpose of inducing the testator to exclude that individual from any benefit in his Will.

Articles by Stephanie

Contentious Probate Update

Speaking engagement

Stephanie Walls will be speaking at the St John's Chamber event - Contentious Probate Update. Stephanie will be discussing the latest Law Commission report on Wills.

Related Knowledge & Resources

Non-compete clause unenforceable as it included a restriction on holding a minor shareholding in a competing business

Restrictive covenants are a useful tool for employers to protect their competitive edge and to reduce the risk of 'star employees' leaving to join competitors.However, failure to draft them carefully can leave both employer and employee in limbo.

Access to Court documents by an Interested Non-Party

A High Court master has recently given extensive guidance in the case of Dring v Cape Distribution Ltd and others [2017] on the right of an interested non-party to access court documents.

Breach of jurisdiction clause – High Court protects company and affiliate by way of anti-suit injunction

A High Court decision highlights how Courts may construe parties' intentions when interpreting jurisdiction clauses in contracts, as well as the protection that can be afforded by way of anti-suit injunctions.Ben Clark explains the impact this will have.

Recovering outstanding berthing fees – a guide for marinas and boatyards

Blake Morgan provides a helpful guide for Marinas and Boat Yards on recovering outstanding berthing fees.

Funding commercial litigation

Our Dispute Resolution team guide you through the options for funding commercial disputes.