“It was an absolute pleasure working with him, he was very professional and clarified a lot of issues that the client had before and after the hearing. ”

Instructing Solicitor

Biography

William joined Chambers as a tenant on successful completion of his pupillage in October 2021. During pupillage, he worked under the supervision of members in each of our specialist practice teams, and is looking to progress his career in civil and family work. 

William has a lot of experience in property and personal injury work and accepts instructions from claimants and defendants in these areas. He is also experienced at dealing with public and private children law cases, and is helped by his background in criminal work which has given him a huge amount of advocacy experience. 

Prior to pupillage, William was a paralegal at Simpson Millar Solicitors working with the civil litigation and professional negligence team. He also worked as a researcher and writer for Thomson Reuters and Curated Media and is very good at written advocacy. William represented clients in County Courts through LPC Law in mortgage possession proceedings, landlord and tenant matters, return of goods, various interim applications and disposal hearings, both defended and undefended. He has lectured in advocacy and mooting at Westminster University and is confident in court, and good at working with clients to achieve their aims. 

 

William accepts instructions in all areas of civil litigation including commercial and business; personal injury, clinical negligence and inquests; property and construction; insurance; regulatory; and employment/discrimination. Prior to coming to the Bar he gained a lot of experience as a County Court Advocate undertaking non-PI RTA trials; flight delay claim trials; breach of contract trials; and residential possession applications for both landlords and mortgagees. He also dealt with associated court hearings including interim applications for set aside; applications for relief from sanctions; strike out applications and costs hearings. William was a paralegal for a national law firm dealing with property and professional negligence cases.

William is confident on his feet, and able to pick up and grasp the key points of a brief very quickly.  

William has an interest in property cases, and is quickly gaining experience in a range of property work. During pupillage, he acted in a variety of property cases including those involving HMO regulations and homelessness appeals. 

Recently he acted in a multi-track trial in which he was successful in obtaining a full mandatory injunction to carry out repair and reinstatement works as outlined by a joint expert, as well as a substantial sum in damages and costs. The case was further complicated by the fact that the original defendant had been made bankrupt and so was proceeding against a second defendant who disputed that they should have been a party. 

William accepts instructions in any aspect of property litigation.

 

William is experienced at dealing with personal injury cases and acts for both claimants and defendants. He regularly acts in small claims and fast track cases. He particularly enjoys the challenge of cases where there are complex arguments, late applications and other complications to be dealt with. William is also experienced at dealing with credit hire cases.

William has experience of dealing with a variety of family cases particularly those involving children. He represents clients in both private and public law children proceedings. He is instructed to act from the first hearings (FHDRA, ICO and other hearings), through to fact finding hearings and final hearings. His extensive advocacy experience, including advocacy in criminal hearings since the beginning of his second six months of pupillage, means that he is very well suited to deal with cases where there are extensive disputes of fact; crossover with criminal proceedings; and cases where there is a lot of disclosure. In 

William also acts in cases where injunctive relief is required, particularly where there are allegations of domestic violence, and is often able to accept instructions at short notice. He is very good at quickly assimilating the facts in order to convince judges to make the orders his clients seek.

William has a calm and confident nature and can hold his own against advocates of much greater call. He is extremely personable, and good at building working relationships with his clients and putting them at ease. 

Education

  • 2018: University of Law Bar Professional Training Course – very competent
  • 2018: University of Law Master of Laws in Bar Practice – distinction
  • 2014: University College London LL.M Master of Laws - merit
  • 2013: University of Brighton LL.B Hons Law with Business

Prizes

  • 2018: Winner of the LPC Law advocacy competition
  • 2018: Finalist in the FTB Kings Cup Moot representing Inner Temple
  • 2018: Finalist in the 25 Bedford Row Plea in Mitigation competition representing University of Law
  • 2014: Semi-finalist of the Annual ELSA Human Rights Moot Court competition representing UCL
  • 2013: Finalist in inter-varsity moot against Sussex representing Brighton University

Notable Cases

MAE v BJN: Multi track trial in which William was successful in obtaining a full mandatory injunction to carry out repair and reinstatement works to property plus substantial damages and costs.

Hastings Borough Council v Linda Turner [2021] UKUT 258 (LC): William assisted Dale Timson who represented the Respondent before the UT in this case which provides important guidance on the proper approach by the FTT to a rehearing of a licence application made by a relevant person, including clarification on the burden of proof and the weight to be given to the local housing authority’s decision.

F v S: William was successful in having all 5 allegations found proved in a recent fact-find involving domestic abuse issues.

SW v LBWF: William represented a client in an appeal to the County Court on a homelessness application.