William Willson Called to the Bar 2006

William specialises in domestic and cross-border insolvency, banking and finance, commercial litigation and company law. He acts, appears and advises in relation to all aspects of Chambers’ core insolvency/restructuring practice (including schemes of arrangement/contentious CVAs), as well as managing a varied commercial practice that includes professional negligence, civil fraud, real property and insurance. Many of his cases have an international element, and he has a particular interest in cases involving Russia/the CIS/the Middle East.

In recent years William has appeared in several high-profile trials, both at home and abroad, including, most recently, the $8 billion Lehman subordinated debt trial, and the $2 billion professional negligence claim in the Cayman Islands against his client, HSBC (which was successfully resisted both at first instance and on appeal).

He has appeared as sole Counsel in the High Court (Commercial Court and Chancery Division), the Court of Appeal, the Court of Appeal of the Cayman Islands and the Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.

William 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”.

He is variously 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“; and “easy to work with, very commercial and his skeleton arguments are always excellent. He is very clever and very persuasive”.

Before coming to the Bar, William was 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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