Walker Morris and Matrix silk relegated on key Wembley appeal

Walker Morris has been sidelined in the mammoth litigation over Wembley Stadium after losing the first round of the case for client Cleveland Bridge.

Partner Martin Scott acted for the North East steel company as it fought a £38m claim for breach of contract brought by Australian contractor Multiplex over the construction of the new Wembley Stadium.

But Cleveland Bridge has now replaced the Leeds firmwith London litigation boutique Reid Minty, a fortnight after Mr Justice Jackson ruled in favour of Multiplex and dismissed Cleveland Bridge’s £22m counter-claim.

Lead counsel Hugh Tomlinson QC of Matrix Chambers has also been replaced, but a spokesperson for Cleveland Bridge was unable to give the name of the new lead counsel.

The spokesperson said that Cleveland Bridge’s president Jon Dale wanted to “refresh” the legal team following the judgment, and had appointed Reid Minty to lead the likely appeal. However the spokesperson added that Walker Morris was still instructed in a supporting role.

Cleveland Bridge has until Friday (23 June) to file its appeal.

Reid Minty declined to comment. Scott confirmed the firm had been replaced on Multiplex, but said Walker Morris continued to advise Cleveland Bridge on other matters.