William Willson Called to the Bar 2006

William divides his practice between domestic/cross-border insolvency and restructuring (including schemes of arrangement/CVAs), and general commercial/commercial chancery work (including banking, financial services, professional negligence, company law and directors’ disqualifications).

He has been instructed in most major insolvencies in recent years, including, in the last 18 months: Lehman Brothers (for LBHI, the US parent of the Lehman Group); Madoff (for HSBC); Arcadia (for the landlords on the CVA challenge); Virgin (for the Australian administrators); Debenhams (for the Noteholders); Pizza Express (for the landlords); British Steel; Thomas Cook; and Carillion.

William’s recent work has involved a broad range of cases from Russia/the CIS, including contested CBIR/common law recognition applications, substantial civil fraud claims (including freezing injunctions/passport orders), and a high-profile dispute about the misappropriation of a fine art collection.

In recent years he has appeared in several high-profile domestic and offshore trials, including the ongoing $8 billion Lehman subordinated debt trial, and a successful defence of a $2 billion professional negligence claim in the Cayman Islands on behalf of his client, HSBC.

He has been called to the Bars of the Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands and Gibraltar, appearing (both as sole/junior Counsel) in the Court of Appeal of the Cayman Islands, the Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court and the Privy Council. He also advises on cases in the Channel Islands, the UAE and Hong Kong.

William is ranked in the legal directories (Chambers UK, Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal) for Restructuring/Insolvency, Banking & Finance and Offshore.

He has been described in the legal directories as: “A tenacious, gifted and hard-working lawyer”; “Strategically excellent, pragmatic and commercial”; “Very good in court……. extremely diligent and credible“; “Easy to work with, very commercial and his skeleton arguments are always excellent. He is very clever and very persuasive”; “Very intelligent and responsive with a great feel for the courtroom and the way the judge is thinking” and “he has an ability to cut through the noise and get to the crux of the issue.

He was previously one of Legal Week’s Stars of the Bar, noted as an “outstanding junior with abilities far beyond expectations of his call…very bright, committed and good fun too”.

William formerly worked as a journalist/documentary producer, specialising in the former Soviet Union, terrorism and the intelligence services. His credits include the triple-BAFTA winning The Government Inspector.

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