Business & Commercial Law
William’s commercial practice covers the following areas and has a distinct Chancery bias to it:
- Company litigation: directors duties, breach of fiduciary duty, shareholder disputes, unfair prejudice petitions, rectification proceedings and directors' disqualification.
- Partnership: William has advised and acted in a wide variety of partnership disputes involving accountants, solicitors, vets, farmers, doctors and restaurateurs. He has advised on the full panoply of disputes that can arise including dissolutions and winding-up, partitions and buy-outs and detailed accounts and inquiries.
- Insolvency: William specialises in all aspects of corporate and personal insolvency and has a particular expertise in those cases where property rights and principles of insolvency meet. William is regularly instructed in relation to applications to restrain advertisement and/or further proceedings on winding up petitions. William is also regularly instructed in relation to applications for permission to institute or continue legal process against a company in administration. William also has a particular interest in all aspects of bankruptcy, including IVAs and applications for charging orders and orders for sale in respect of jointly owned property.
- Fraud, Misrepresentation and Breach of Trust: William has wide experience of all aspects of civil fraud, including fraudulent misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty and dishonest assistance. Recent cases include fraudulent misrepresentation by a vendor in the context of a sale of land and allegations of breach of fiduciary duty involving the diversion of a corporate opportunity by a senior manager alleged to be a fiduciary.
- Commercial Arbitration and Mediation: William is a qualified mediator and also has wide experience of both international and domestic arbitration. His diverse case-load has included an international commercial arbitration against the UN involving UNIDROIT principles and a domestic arbitration involving a dispute about the proper interpretation of a reservation of sporting rights.
Balevents Ltd v Sartori  EWCA Civ 1508 (Breach of fiduciary duty, waiver of breach, fresh evidence)
Metro Nominees Ltd v. Rayment  BCC 40 (Permission to commence forfeiture proceedings against company in administration).
LCP Retail Ltd v. Segal  BCC 584 (Abandonment of distress)
Mountney v. Treharne (CA)  Ch 135 (equitable maxims and proprietary rights in the context of insolvency proceedings)
Orme v Lyons
Acco Properties v Severn
Wilkinson v Farmer
Heslop v Bishton
Verdi v Chana