William J. Richardson
Year of Call2018
Areas of practice
Business and commercial, Property and construction, PI / Clinical Negligence / Inquests, Insurance
“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
"Credit where credit is due – [our client] called to say that she was very happy with outcome of hearing and that you were excellent!" - Instructing Solicitor
William joined Chambers in October 2021 having had a mixed pupillage within Chambers. He is now building a successful practice in civil and commercial law. He is personable and instils confidence with the ability to quickly build good working relationships.
William has a lot of experience in property cases, including TOLATA cases where his experience of family law is particularly valuable. He also has experience in contested probate litigation.
He is able to deal with general commercial and civil litigation, including breach of contract, debt and other disputes between companies. He is instructed in the County Court and High Court on behalf of businesses and individuals.
William has experience of personal injury cases and accepts instructions from claimants and defendants in this area. He also accepts instructions in public law cases including advising on an application for a civil injunction and acting in that application.
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; property and construction as well as TOLATA cases; insurance; regulatory; contested probate; public law; personal injury, clinical negligence and inquests; 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 enjoys working for businesses, and is chosen because of his legal knowledge combined with pragmatic and approachable style. He has experience of drafting pleadings in breach of contract and commercial debt claims; advice in a range of commercial matters including a proposed claim for repudiatory breach of contract that involved an international element in that a party to the contract was a factory in China; advice on a Part 36 offer in a claim for building defects; and drafting pre-action correspondence in claims for money had and received based on undisclosed commissions paid by lenders to brokers.
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. He also acts in TOLATA cases.
William 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.
In December 2022, William was successful in obtaining an injunction to require a housing association to replace a faulty boiler. His disabled client had suffered for many months with a boiler which kept breaking down despite repairs, and the housing association argued that their only obligation was to repair not to replace. The case is reported here.
William accepts instructions in any aspect of property litigation and TOLATA work.
Personal injury and credit hire
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 and able to deal with all of the issues which arise in those cases.
To instruct William, please contact Greg Piner.
- 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
- Personal Injury Bar Association
- 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
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  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.
E v C: Acting in the High Court, William was successful in applying to have a derivative claim under the Companies Act 2006 struck out and obtained a costs order for his client.
SW v LBWF: William represented a client in an appeal to the County Court on a homelessness application.