William advises corporate clients, institutions and individuals on a wide range of contentious matters including resolving complex contractual, civil fraud and IP disputes.
William is a senior associate in the Farrer & Co Commercial Litigation team.
He has a wide experience of all stages of the litigation process from initial pre-action advice up to trial. His cases often have a cross-border element.
William recognises the burden that litigation can place on clients in terms of time and costs. He therefore encourages clients to think about managing their litigation risk at the earliest opportunity. For example, he advises clients when contractual terms are being negotiated, counselling on potential dangers and on the inclusion of the most appropriate dispute resolution provisions.
When disputes do arise, William advises on what alternative forms of dispute resolution might be available such as mediation and arbitration. His pragmatic approach has helped clients to settle disputes on satisfactory terms without having to involve the courts. That said, William recognises that commercial imperatives can mean that the client's best option is to pursue a claim through the courts. He has extensive court experience and has conducted cases in a range of jurisdictions including the Commercial Court, Technology & Construction Court and the Court of Appeal.
William has a special interest in civil fraud and has advised clients on applications for interim relief including freezing injunctions, asset disclosure orders and passport seizure orders.
- London Solicitors Litigation Association
- British Italian Law Association
- GB Minerals Holdings Ltd v Short  EWHC 1387 (TCC)
- GBM Minerals Engineering Consultants Ltd V GB Minerals Holdings Ltd  EWHC 3091 (TCC)
- Otkritie v Urumov & Ors  EWHC 191 (Comm)
- Chilab v King’s College London  EWCA Civ 147