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Greg is a heavy-weight commercial practitioner who litigates and advises on complex and high value disputes both in England & Wales and internationally. Above all, he is highly competitive and takes satisfaction from the results he obtains for his clients.
His practice covers a wide range of commercial disputes often involving company and property issues.
Greg has a particularly wide experience in business sale and shareholder disputes. In addition, he has a particular interest in and ability to deal with lengthy and complex technology, hardware, telecoms and engineering disputes including those with a heavy scientific focus. He is an accomplished trial advocate, with a first-rate mind, who provides practical, direct and robust advice and representation.
In addition to his work in the High Court and the Court of Appeal, Greg is also instructed on high value arbitrations. Consistently recommended in both Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners across his practice areas. Greg undertakes work both as leader and senior junior, usually appearing against established QCs.
Greg’s instructions come from international, national and regional firms of solicitors and from in house counsel. His clients range from the European Union through multi-nationals, PLCs, SMEs and large family businesses. He has a very good understanding of the imperatives of business, the commerciality of settlement and the tactics needed to achieve settlement. He is widely regarded as being an astute tactician, taking the long view of how a case should proceed so that the client is positioned throughout in the strongest settlement and, ultimately, trial position available.
Commercial Dispute Resolution – London (Bar): “He is highly experienced and his strategising is superb.” Chambers UK and Chambers Global, 2021
Commercial Dispute Resolution – London (Bar): “Greg is a good advocate on his feet, who is very tactical and very strategic. He’s excellent on the really heavy stuff and very good with clients.” Chambers UK and Chambers Global, 2020
Greg’s practice incorporates contractual disputes, business sale agreements, joint ventures, service and framework contracts, sale of goods (including technology disputes and cases of a scientific nature). Greg regularly appears in the High Court (TCC, Mercantile and QBD), Court of Appeal and in domestic and international Arbitration.
He is regularly instructed to deal with issues of both Contractual interpretation and termination. In tandem with issues that arise in relation to shares and business sales, he has expertise and regularly litigates and advises upon claims against and by directors, shareholder claims and Civil Fraud matters. Greg has dealt with matters of misrepresentation of prospects, agreement clauses, breaches of warranty amongst other common issues that arise in business sale and share purchase matters.
He has a science and mathematics background and therefore understands and is interested in scientific issues and has particular strength in cross-examining experts both scientific and forensic accountants.
He works well with experts and clients and has developed a practice of advising forensic accountants involved in expert determinations on contractual interpretation. He undertakes expert determinations and has done so in disputes including disputes between PLCs in the energy sector.
He advises in-house counsel within PLC clients on the interpretation and effect of contracts and is often called in to advise on tactics leading to and the rights in relation to termination. He understands the commerciality of litigation and looks to achieve outcomes which are geared to a client’s best advantage. He works closely with solicitors, clients and experts to achieve this.
Greg’s experience spans many industries. Recent examples of his industry specific work include:
Greg’s Shareholder claims practice includes matters involving issues of unfair prejudice, just and equitable winding up, derivative action and the interpretation of articles of association. He regularly advises on share sale & shareholder agreements.
Recent instructions have thrown up issues of interaction and conflict of shareholder agreements with the company’s articles, breaches, specific performance and derivative claims.
He is regularly bought in to assist with matters concerning Joint Ventures and the complete spectrum of issues they can give rise to. Recent cases have involved allegations of conspiracies, misrepresentations, fraud as well as questions on partnership and agreement clauses.
Greg also deal with breaches of fiduciary duty by JV company directors and shadow directors. He is also often asked to assist with matters concerning breaches of director’s duties and other forms of prejudicial conduct.
Greg is often instructed in relation to shares and business sales, he has expertise and regularly litigates and advises upon claims against and by directors, shareholder claims and Civil Fraud matters. Recent matters include advising on a multi-million misfeasance and wrongful trading claim.
Greg has significant experience of both statutory and common law procurement processes leading to the formation of contracts.
Greg is routinely asked to seek injunctive relief in matters across his practice areas. He is experienced in all manner of commercial injunctions, delivery up and disclosure orders. Some recent examples include:
A selection of reported cases include:
Commercial Dispute Resolution – London (Bar): “Gregory Pipe is an excellent cross-examiner, who engages well with the judge and is extremely intelligent.” “Gregory Pipe is very client focused.” Chambers UK, 2024
Commercial Litigation: “Very much the complete general commercial litigation barrister – he is very bright and with a deep knowledge of contract law, in addition to which he is an excellent court advocate, has a really good bedside manner with clients, and will also bear in mind the client’s commercial objectives.” Legal 500, 2024
Company: “Very bright with an excellent knowledge of the Companies Act and surrounding case law, he is a truly capable court advocate and a great strategist.” Legal 500, 2024
Commercial Dispute Resolution – London (Bar): “Greg is a very bright barrister and an effective trial advocate.” “He is very commercial and always thinking of things from the client’s perspective.” “Greg is an absolute guru in contract law, who thinks very creatively when framing his cases.” Chambers UK and Chambers Global, 2023
Commercial Dispute Resolution – London (Bar): “Very thorough, very good with clients and a good team player.” Chambers UK and Chambers Global, 2022
Commercial Dispute Resolution – London (Bar): “He is highly experienced and his strategising is superb.” “A safe pair of hands, who has very good legal knowledge.” Chambers UK and Chambers Global, 2021
Commercial Dispute Resolution – London (Bar): “Greg is a good advocate on his feet, who is very tactical and very strategic. He’s excellent on the really heavy stuff and very good with clients.”Chambers UK and Chambers Global, 2020
Commercial Dispute Resolution – North Eastern (Bar):“He is brilliant and involved in big cases.” Chambers UK, 2020
“Greg is a superb advocate who is great on his feet.” Chambers UK, 2019
“If you want a lawyer who gets down to the minute detail on a contract case, he’s your man.” Chambers UK, 2018
“Very experienced in shareholder and business sale disputes.” Legal 500, 2017
“He is brilliant – he’s very good at getting your case organised, an excellent and astute advocate, and someone who’s very good tactically and strategically.” “He is very smart, ruthless and fearless and as good a barrister as you are ever going to find.” Chambers UK, 2017
“A heavyweight commercial practitioner.” Legal 500, 2016
“He allies incisive advocacy to marshalling the material and evidence with skill.” Legal 500, 2014
“He is a thorough and extremely well-prepared advocate who leaves no stone unturned.” “He is the guy to go to for a complex and technical contract dispute – frighteningly clever.” Chambers UK, 2014
“A sharp, well-prepared advocate.” Legal 500
Greg is a team player, having been a keen oarsman and sculler for decades. He remains competitive albeit he rows and sculls more slowly than he once did, and is Chairman of York City Rowing Club.
To get away from all things work-related, he goes tall-ship sailing.
In such spare time as he has, he enjoys opera, travel and, of course, his family.