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Gary Pellow, Partner

Gary Pellow



French and German

Practice areas

  • Brexit
  • Central government
  • Commercial litigation
  • Litigation and dispute management
  • Transport

Practice notes

Gary is UK Head of the Commercial Disputes Resolution group leading a team of 22 partners and 150 specialist lawyers.

He has extensive experience in litigation, mediation and arbitration for a wide range of commercial and governmental clients. Gary has particular expertise in a number of sectors including logistics, energy and aerospace/defence. He has been described in the latest legal directories as an “erudite performer”, “well-respected”, “totemic”, as well as “one of the top UK commercial litigation partners”.

Client relationship partner for Engie, DHL, NHS Supply Chain, McCain Foods and B. Braun Medical.

Leads the litigation teams for BBA Aviation plc, John Lewis Partnership, Specsavers, Li & Fung.

Notable cases

  • Appointed in November 2016 to be the lead partner for the Eversheds team acting for Transport for London following the Croydon tram accident.
  • Acted for DHL – Bibby Distribution v DHL [2014] HC - successfully defending a damages claim of £80 million for alleged theft of confidential information. Case involved review of over 1 million documents and 30 witnesses as well as a detailed examination of the Defendant's approach to UK logistics operations.

    “The Eversheds team was balanced from Partner level to junior assistant, utilising the relevant skills and experience appropriate to the task. They understood very well the complex legal and commercial issues in play and contributed a significant part in the case strategy. Their attention to detail at each stage left me with absolute faith in their ability to perform expertly and to the highest level of service we required over the full course of a long and difficult case.” – James Harris, Vice President, Head of Legal - DHL Supply Chain.
  • Acted for GDF and Electrabel -v- Teesside Power Holdings Limited & Others [2013] HT10 157 in one of the largest Technology & Construction Court cases seeking damages of £100 million plus arising out of GDF's acquisition of Teesside Power Station. The case took 4 years, involved 10 million documents and over 40 witnesses in a number of different jurisdictions.

    “The Eversheds Team were remarkable at getting to grips with the complex technical issues at the heart of the claim and managing an intricate case involving different layers of legal and strategic issues. They produced work with a high level of professionalism in a highly complex and lengthy case.” - Gwendoline Petre, Senior Legal Counsel - GDF Suez

Gary has worked alongside the Eversheds competition team on a number of investigations including:

  • Proceedings before the Competition Appeal Tribunal in relation to the milk cartel acting for a UK based producer.
  • OFT investigation into unfair pricing practices in supermarkets acting for an American consumer goods company.
  • OFT investigation into frozen food pricing acting for multinational food company.

Currently retained by TfL in respect of the proposed proceedings against Mastercard and Visa for damages for breach of EU and UK competition law in relation to the domestic UK and cross-border intra-EEA multilateral interchange fees (“MIFs”). The proceedings will involve a follow on action in the CAT against Mastercard in relation to cross-border intra-EEA MIFs and standalone actions either in the High Court or the CAT against Mastercard in relation to domestic UK MIFs, and against Visa in relation to both cross-border intra-EEA MIFs and domestic UK MIFs.

Government and Inquiry Work

Gary is the relationship Partner for DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs). Eversheds were retained by DEFRA to defend the UK Government against claims arising as a result of the Foot and Mouth crisis (UK's largest peacetime emergency) investigating and defending a portfolio of approximately 300 claims. Settled 20 of the most substantial claims through mediation. Also retained by DEFRA in connection with Avian Flu issues.

Involved in a number of major public inquiries including:

  • Bloody Sunday Inquiry – Investigation into the deaths of 14 civilians on a civil rights march in Londonderry. Acted for the inquiry and jointly led the team responsible for all evidence (1,500 witness statements and a core bundle of 160 lever arch files after an investigation of several million pages of material) in the largest and longest running public inquiry in English legal history.
  • Shipman Inquiry - Acted for the inquiry obtaining evidence in relation to mass murderer, Dr Harold Shipman.
  • Rosemary Nelson Inquiry - Acted for the inquiry gathering evidence into alleged UK security services, MI5 and military collusion in paramilitary murders in Northern Ireland.
  • Baha Mousa Inquiry - inquiry into death of Iraqi civilian in British Army custody and related issues. Acted for the British Army.

Has been security cleared to a high UK government standard.


Read Law at Cambridge University (Jesus College) B.A. and M.A.


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Other information

  • Described in legal directories as an "erudite performer".
  • Named in 'The Lawyer' magazine's 'hot 100' for his litigation work in the public sector.

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