Geldards Win Commercial Litigation Team Of The Year

The Dispute Resolution team at Geldards, celebrated in finest lockdown style after winning the award for Commercial Litigation team of the year at the 2020 Wales Legal Awards on Friday 11 September.

The award caps off a busy and successful period for the team having recently completed one of the largest and long-running disputes undertaken in Wales in recent years.

Now in its second year, the Wales Legal Awards celebrate the best talent in the legal profession in Wales and recognise the significance of the legal sector to the Welsh economy. Judges for the awards comprise a diverse range of highly experienced and peer-regarded individuals in their field including representatives from legal directories, legal publishers, the Law Society, as well as in-house legal counsel, barristers and solicitors practising across Wales. Due to current restrictions, the awards were announced via a studio live-stream broadcast on the evening while the finalists waited in a live-linked Zoom room..

In presenting the award to Geldards Litigation Team, Amandeep Gill, Senior Editor Thompson Reuters and a member of the judging panel, commented;

“After much debate and deliberation, we agreed that the award should go to Geldards in order to recognise their client focussed and innovative solutions-based approach. Not only is much of their work high profile, it is also multi-jurisdictional and complex with an impact on the Welsh economy. All of these factors struck a chord with the judges and we agreed that the firm are excellent ambassadors for wales. well done Geldards.”

The Geldards team has a strong reputation for acting for large corporate clients both nationally and internationally across a variety of sectors including manufacturing, finance, healthcare and life science, technology and sport and leisure. The team also has a strong public sector practice including acting for all parts of Welsh Government and the wider public sector.

The high profile nature of their work has been recognised in recent years with cases listed in the top 20 litigation cases of the year in The Lawyer for two years running. The cases related to a legal challenge against the lawfulness of the decision to exit the European Union (2018), and the Servier competition litigation for the Welsh Government and NHS (2019).

Commenting after the award, Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution Paul Hopkins said:

“This is a fantastic win for the team. The diverse nature of our practice means we are acting for clients across a range of jurisdictions nationally and internationally. To receive this recognition from the Welsh Legal Community reflects the strength of our home-grown team and our ability to compete against the best in the world.”

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