Myles Wallbank Associate


Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 2012 - Chartered Institute of Legal Executives


Primary office:  Birmingham


Areas of expertise:


Myles Wallbank

Myles Wallbank is an Associate based in Gowling WLG's Commercial Litigation team in Birmingham. He has worked with a wide range of clients on all forms of commercial dispute resolution and avoidance.

Myles specialises in director disqualification work. He regularly acts for the Secretary of State to bring proceedings against unfit company directors in the public interest. He has extensive experience in investigating the conduct of directors of insolvent companies, and has acted in a number of complex investigations which have resulted in lengthy disqualification orders being made against directors under the Company Directors Disqualification Act.

Myles also has experience of working on a broad range of commercial disputes and international arbitration matters having worked with clients involved in proceedings governed by the major arbitral rules.

Experience

  • Conducting an investigation into a company which participated in transactions connected with the fraudulent evasion of VAT. The investigation involved liaising closely with HMRC and drafting detailed affidavit evidence dealing with complex issues relating to missing trader intra-community fraud. This resulted in the disqualification of the director for a period of 12 years.
  • Investigating multiple directors of connected companies which owed significant sums to HMRC under the Construction Industry Scheme.
  • Investigating the directors of an accountancy practice in respect of significant sums withdrawn from the practice's bank account. Allegations of misconduct centred on the misrepresentation of the company's financial position to fellow directors and Companies House.
  • Assisting with proceedings against the director of a debt management company which had breached FCA regulations and from which the director had made significant payments to themselves. This resulted in the director being disqualified for a 10 year period.
  • Acting in an ICC State arbitration matter arising out of a breach of contract in which the client was awarded damages in the sum of €172m.
  • Working on a significant claim brought by a large housing association relating to the design and implementation of a new IT system to replace legacy systems. This involved working on a large scale disclosure exercise reviewing documents within a relatively short time period utilising both manual and computer assisted reviews.
  • Assisting a major UK company in respect of contribution proceedings brought against it relating to the alleged blacklisting of UK construction workers. The proceedings are ongoing in the High Court and have involved a number of interim applications.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2017

    • Career
       2017
      Gowling WLG (UK), associate
  • 2012

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
       2012
      Fellow, Chartered Institute of Legal Executives