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Michael Smeaton

Partner & Head of Litigation & Dispute Resolution


Michael is a Director and Partner of Glenville Walker and is Head of the Commercial Litigation department.

Michael joined Glenville Walker in January 2023 to head the Commercial Litigation team, having previously been a partner at a prominent North West firm and having specialised in commercial litigation since qualification in 2010.

As Head of Commercial Litigation at Glenville Walker, Michael advises and represents clients in a broad range of commercial disputes and across a variety of sectors, with particular specialisms in shareholder and partnership disputes, property litigation, professional negligence actions and complex, high-value contractual disputes. Michael also advises clients in relation to telecommunications matters and disputes.

Michael qualified as a solicitor in 2010 and has, since then, represented commercial clients of all sizes and across a variety of sectors. He prides himself on an ability to assist clients in achieving objectives in a commercially sensible and cost-effective way. Clients appreciate Michael’s ability to grasp and explain complicated issues in simple and user-friendly terms. Michael has a wealth of experience in alternative forms of dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration, and encourages clients to seek his advice at the first sign of potential disputes in order to manage issues proactively.

Outside of work, Michael enjoys spending time with his young family and is a keen runner, regularly participating in races across the country, and is currently in training for a first triathlon. Michael’s sporting loyalties belong to Tranmere Rovers and the Dallas Cowboys

What the Legal 500 says about Michael.

The Legal 500 describe Michael as an, “experienced first-rate litigator”

“We have used the services of Denise Walker and her team for many years and undoubtedly will continue to do so. As Managing Director of a group of companies based in Merseyside, I have, over the years, had to rely on accurate and timely advice from Denise Walker and her team with regard to many areas of Corporate and Commercial issues. From complex supplier contracts to business restructuring and all parts in between, I have always valued the legal advice provided by her. Her ability to very quickly cut through the “white noise” of commercial issues and summarise the problem and the legal requirements of dealing with issues has always impressed me. Equally important is this advice is always provided in a down to earth, common sense manner and strips away the “legalese” jargon which can often accompany such commercial issues. I would recommend her services to anyone needing, accurate, cost effective and timely advice in all Corporate and Commercial decisions.”

David Hughes, Managing Director


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