William’s practice is predominantly personal injury, particularly catastrophic injury and occupational disease including workplace stress. He is on the panels of major insurers. His cases include the leading asbestos case of Fairchild v Glenhaven  UKHL 22, and the important limitation case of Johnson v Ministry of Defence  EWCA Civ 1505. Other Court of Appeal cases include Malone v Relyon  EWCA Civ 904 on limitation, and in relation to liability, Spencer v Boots (work related upper limb disorder) and Warner v Huntingdonshire DC (manual handling). High Court liability cases include: Pattani v ICICI Bank (manual handling/fibromyalgia), Chong v Funafloat QBD 26.4.12, (accident on hired barge) and Passmore v Evan Cook QBD 5.12.12 (mesothelioma).
Previously a pupil master, Lincoln’s Inn advocate trainer and Editor of Current Law, he has also given evidence to foreign courts as an expert on English personal injury law.
Solicitors’ comments about him include: “An incisive mind and advocacy skills achieve results often beyond expectations”; “A counsel who cares about the result”; “Solicitor-friendly”; “A pleasure to work with”.
William’s clinical negligence work has involved orthopaedic, spinal and emergency cases, and he has appeared before dental and medical professional conduct committees.
William principally deals with criminal regulatory work in the fields of Health and Safety, Food Safety, and Trading Standards. He appears in Crown, Magistrates’ and Coroner’s courts, as well as doing civil jury work.
William has been instructed in many policy construction and contested indemnity cases. He has also appeared in a number of fire, flood and travel insurance claims.
William undertakes all aspects of personal injury and fatal accident work, and disease claims, for both claimants and defendants. On liability he specialises in road traffic, employer and local authority liability work. He deals with catastrophic and fatal injuries, serious orthopaedic injury, psychiatric injury and chronic pain cases, including somatoform pain disorders and more minor injuries.
- Date of knowledge under s.14 Limitation Act 1980: Johnson v MoD & Hobourn Eaton  EWCA Civ 1505
- London Common Law Bar Association
- Personal Injury Bar Association
- Professional Negligence Bar Association
- Member of Lincoln’s Inn