Glenn Willetts Commercial Litigation
Glenn has a broadly based commercial practice with particular experience of both trial and interlocutory litigation concerning banking instruments, including guarantees, mortgages and other securities, professional negligence claims acting for and against a number of professionals (including engineers, architects, insurance brokers, builders and solicitors), the construction and rectification of commercial documents, exclusion and limitation of liability clauses, product liability and the enforcement and challenge of restraint of trade clauses. Glenn also deals with breach of warranty cases, examples including fraudulent breaches of warranty and breaches relating to contracts of land.
Glenn has also advised upon a wide range of commercial law matters.
In his free time Glenn is a competitive judo player (he recently won a gold medal at the British Masters Championships 2017 in Cardiff). Glenn also enjoys Obstacle Course Racing, circuit training, skiing and generally running around after his 3 daughters.
Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School, Sutton Coldfield.
Birmingham University, LLB(Hons), First Class.
Pembroke College, Oxford University, BCL (Oxon), First Class.
Inns of Court School of Law, London, BVC.
Midland Chancery and Commercial Bar Association.
Queen’s Mother Scholar of the Middle Temple, Major Scholarship.
"Very able counsel, both on his feet and on paper." "He's hugely intelligent and pleasant."
Chambers UK 2017
"Particularly good on paper, his written work is drafted fully and clearly. He's also very good on his feet when dealing with curveball questions from judges. Clients like him too as he's down to earth and speaks the client's language."
Chambers UK 2016
A junior with a broad commercial litigation practice. He scores highly with solicitors, who praise his advocacy skills.
"He is a really, really good all-rounder."
"Clients like him because they know he bats really hard for them."
Chambers UK 2015
Glenn Willetts receives praise for his commercial practice. He has a particular interest in professional negligence cases. "He provides clear and commercial advice."
Chambers UK 2014
Glenn Willetts "is going from strength to strength," and is applauded for his "tenacious and well-prepared" advocacy. One interviewee described him as "a particularly dogged and aggressive combatant who does not let go in cross-examination."
Chambers UK 2013
Glenn Willetts is a ‘strong trial advocate’ and is a commercial practitioner.
Legal 500 2011
Glenn Willetts is one of ten barristers to be named in Legal Weeks' 'Stars at the Bar'.
One solicitor at a top 30 firm said: "He is very good at reading judges as well as being practical and user-friendly with clients. He knows how to read any situation."
Glenn Willetts is a strong junior choice for insolvency and bankruptcy.
Glen Willetts always provides sensible, succinct advice.
Short listed for the Barrister of the Year Award at the Birmingham Law Society, Legal Awards 2008.
Glenn Willetts is the rising star amongst chancery counsel in Birmingham, very commercial and prepared to state a positive opinion where others tend not to.
McBride v. UK Insurance Limited  EWCA Civ 144, test case credit hire appeal concerning the correct test to be applied in respect of the assessment of Basic Hire Rates, including a successful appeal in respect of the issue of a hirer’s entitlement to hire from a credit hire company with a nil hire excess position.
Savills (UK) Limited v. Blacker  EWCA Civ 68, successful appeal to the Court of Appeal in respect of the correct contractual interpretation of an estate agency contract.
Edkins v. Hopkins  EWHC 2542, estates case concerning a challenge to the validity of a will on the grounds of lack of testamentary capacity, want of knowledge and approval and undue influence.
Bir Holdings v. Mehta  EWHC 3903 (Ch), care home shares sales dispute including numerous claims of breaches of warranty.
Wallbank v. Price  EWHC 3001, trusts dispute and defences of duress and undue influence.
In the matter of TT Industries Limited and in the matter of Fibaflo Industries Limited (2006) BCC 372, application to extend the period of an administration order in respect of a company after the expiry of the statutory period, the provisions of the Insolvency Act 1986 Sch.B1 para.77(1)(b)
Ian Wilson (HMIT) v. Stephen Clayton  EWCA Civ 1657 (2005) STC 157 (2005) IRLR 108, test case as to the meaning of benefit in kind within section 154 of the Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988.