William joined Gatehouse Chambers in October 2020. He is interested in all aspects of Chambers’ practice, particularly in commercial, property and private client related work. William regularly appears in the High Court and County Court as a sole advocate and junior.
Prior to joining Chambers, William worked as a teacher, a parliamentary researcher and in the litigation team at a Chambers UK and Legal 500 ranked commercial litigation firm.
Outside of work, William enjoys hiking, cinema, Tolkien and the travails of Liverpool Football Club.
Areas of expertise
William accepts instructions in all areas of property law and frequently appears in the High Court and County Court.
He has recent experience of:
- A multi-week High Court trial on the principles of a service charge dispute between five GP surgeries and their commercial services provider Valley View & Others v NHS Property Services Ltd  EWHC 1393 (Ch), with John de Waal KC and Katrina Mather.
- Advising, drafting and representing in residential landlord and tenant, possession, forfeiture and disrepair claims.
- Advising and representing in relation to harassment and anti-social behaviour injunctions in a housing context.
- Advising on leaseholders and freeholders’ obligations to finance the repairs to listed buildings under a section 106 Town and Country Planning Act 1990’ agreement.
- Advising and representing in relation to misrepresentation claims against vendors of property.
- Advising on bona vacantia in the context of the dissolution of foreign companies.
- Professional liability
William accepts instructions and has recent experience in the following areas:
- Advising on conveyancing solicitors’ failure to advise on escalating ground rent clauses.
- Advising on a claim against a financial adviser for a failed tax mitigation scheme.
- Advising on a claim against insurance brokers for failure to procure adequate business interruption insurance arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Commercial dispute resolution
Commercial dispute resolution
Williams accepts instructions in all areas of commercial disputes resolution and has recent experience in:
- Advising, drafting and representing in business-to-business contractual disputes, especially in a sale of goods and services context. William has a particular interest in misrepresentation claims and restitutionary remedies.
- Advising, drafting and representing in business-to-consumer disputes, especially in a construction and utilities context.
- Advising, drafting and representing enforcement agencies in relation to third party claims for controlled goods and claims against enforcement agents.
- Advising on the merits of a misrepresentation claim in the Dubai International Finance Centre.
- Advising and representing in relation to civil restraint orders.
During his pupillage, William also assisted with:
- Pakistan International Airlines Corporation v Times Travel  UKSC 40 – an international airline’s defence to a claim for lawful act duress, in which the Supreme Court recently gave a landmark judgment on the doctrine.
- IGE USA Investments Limited v HMRC  EWCA Civ 534 – a landmark Court of Appeal decision which confirmed the limitation period for equitable recission in cases of fraudulent misrepresentation.
- Private client
William accepts instructions in all aspects of chambers’ private client practice.
He has recent experience of:
- Junior counsel in a multi-day High Court will challenge based on an allegation of forged signature.
- Advising and drafting in challenges to the validity of wills for lack of testamentary capacity, undue influence and fraudulent calumny.
- Unwinding lifetime transactions following the financial abuse of a person who lacked capacity.
- Ecclesiastical Law Society