William Hansen

William Hansen

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Sports Law

William has a personal and professional interest in all things equine, in particular regulatory and disciplinary issues relating to racing and other equine-related sport, but also hunting, eventing and disputes about sporting rights. He rides and owns horses, and can bring this knowledge to bear in advising on ownership disputes and horse-related accidents.

William is a member of the Attorney-General’s B Panel of Counsel to the Crown in civil matters and acts for a variety of government agencies, including the Ministry of Justice, the Department of Health, the Secretary of State for the Home Department and HMRC.

As such he is a specialist in public law and judicial review and regularly appears in the Administrative Court acting for the Crown.

His expertise extends to any case involving a challenge to the legality of a decision taken by a public body and he has particular expertise in all aspects of human rights.

William has wide experience of disciplinary proceedings against professionals and has appeared before the SDT, NMC and RICS.

William also sits as a fee-paid Judge in the First Tier Tribunal.

Notable Cases

Minshall v Revenue and Customs Commissioners and others [2015] EWCA Civ 741 (res judicata and Article 6 ECHR);

R (on the application of Williams by his father and litigation friend Richard Williams) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWHC 1268 (Admin) (vires challenge to Regulations and challenge under Article 8 ECHR);

R (oao Butt) v. SSHD [2013] EWHC 1793 (Admin) (dishonesty and false documents);

R (oao Chanthiratheva) v. SSHD [2013] EWHC 2135 (Admin) (no unfairness in treatment as between personal and postal applicants);

SB (Pakistan) v. SSHD [2013] EWCA Civ 506 (appeal rendered academic).

Academic Qualifications

  • B.Sc (Econ), First Class, LSE
  • M.Phil (Cantab.)
  • MBA (London Business School) with Distinction

Professional Bodies

  • ADR Qualified Mediator
  • Member of the Administrative Law Bar Association
  • Member of the Chancery Bar Association
  • Member of the Property Bar Association