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William Lacey

Call 2022

William Lacey accepts instructions across Chambers’ core areas of practice, with an emphasis on insurance & reinsurance, professional liability, construction & engineering, property damage, personal injury, credit hire, insurance fraud, and inquests.

William’s practice is evenly weighted between court and written work, and between civil and commercial work. He has a busy County Court practice consisting mainly of fast track trials, application hearings and multitrack CCMCs. He regularly drafts pleadings and pre-action correspondence, and advises insurers, solicitors and other clients in writing. He accepts appropriate public access clients.

William read music at King’s College, Cambridge, taking a First Class degree and being elected Scholar of his college. He later obtained a Distinction on the GDL and an Outstanding on the Bar Course. He was awarded Lord Brougham and Lord Denning Scholarships by Lincoln’s Inn, and a Senior Advocacy Scholarship by the University of Law.

Prior to coming to the Bar, William spent 25 years as an international orchestral conductor. He worked with orchestras from Tromsø to Tel Aviv and from Honolulu to Hong Kong. He conducted almost 60 operas in cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Houston, New York, Barcelona, Paris, Leipzig, Stockholm and Moscow. He studied the piano with Alfred Brendel, and still plays to concert level.

William speaks German to a high standard, having spent ten years living and working in Germany and Austria. He also speaks conversational Italian and French.


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• Lord Denning Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn, 2021)
• Senior Advocacy Scholarship (The University of Law, 2021)
• Lord Brougham Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn, 2020)




• Bar Practice Course (Outstanding); The University of Law
• GDL (Distinction); The University of Law
• MA Music (First Class); King’s College, Cambridge


  • BILA
  • PIBA
  • PNBA

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