Chambers & Partners 2018
“Specialist media junior focusing on libel, breach of confidence and privacy. He regularly appears as sole counsel and is led by eminent silks in the field. He appears for both claimants and defendants in high-profile disputes.”
“He’s tenacious, practical and always works hard to achieve a positive result. He’s very well regarded for his advice and the outcomes he achieves are first-rate.”
Legal 500 2017
‘A brilliant cross-examiner and trial advocate.’
Chambers & Partners 2017
“One of the leading juniors at the Bar with a very busy practice. He is an excellent advocate who has conducted a number of trials. He’s a pleasure to work with.”
William has acted in some of the most significant cases of recent years.
Privacy/Breach of Confidence
Ali & Aslam v Channel 5 Ground-breaking claim for misuse of private information arising out of the broadcast of an episode of Can’t Pay? We’ll Take it Away! which showed the Claimants being evicted from their home. William was the trial advocate for the Claimants, who were awarded damages.
Paul Burrell v Max Clifford Trial advocate for the Claimant. Successful claim for damages arising out of a misuse of private information whereby Max Clifford had forwarded a letter written in confidence to him by Mr Burrell to Rebekah Brookes, who was at the time the Editor of the News of the World.
AVB v TDD Sole counsel for the Claimant in a claim for misuse of private information, breach of confidence and harassment. Injunction granted at the conclusion of the trial re misuse of private information and breach of confidence.
Successful claims for Paul Gascoigne for misuse of private information against the Sun and the Daily Star.
Acted for a number of News of the World and Mirror Group phone hacking claimants including Nigel Farage and Paul Burrell.
Jack Monroe v Katie Hopkins Trial advocate for the Claimant. Katie Hopkins ordered to pay damages for defamatory tweets. First time that the requirement for a claimant to prove serious harm to reputation (further to s.1 Defamation Act 2013) considered in respect of libels published on Twitter.
FlyMeNow v Quick Air Charter Trial advocate for the Defendant. Words complained of found to be partially true and, due to other mitigating factors, Claimant only awarded derisory damages of £10 and ordered to pay nearly all of the Defendant’s costs.
Flood v Times Newspapers Junior Counsel for the Claimant. The leading case on the public interest defence under the Defamation Act 2013. It is probably the most complex and long-running case in the history of libel litigation. In addition to the Reynolds and quantum trials, two Court of Appeal and two Supreme Court appeals, there were nine other hearings. The relevant article was first published in June 2006 and the claim did not conclude until the Supreme Court handed down its second judgment in the case in April 2017.
Appointed as amicus curiae by the Privy Council for the purpose of an appeal in Pinard-Byrne v Linton, an appeal from the Court of Appeal of Dominica concerning a Reynolds/public interest defence.
Interim injunctions in privacy and harassment
ADA v AXA Without notice application to prevent publication of a mass circulation email containing medical information.
AVB v TDD Without notice application followed by a contested Return Date at which injunction to prevent publication of private information and harassment granted.
TKA v XKA Without notice application to obtain injunction to protect a child from being harassed by neighbours.
ABK v KDT & FGH Without notice injunction in revenge porn case.
William accepts instructions on a direct access basis.
CEDR accredited mediator
Contributor to Blackstone’s Guide to the Defamation Act 2013
William has given presentations to the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee on the current state of English defamation law and to the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies on jurisdiction/applicable law in defamation claims.
He wrote the Bar Council’s Law Reform Committee’s paper submitted to Parliament in regard to the formulation of the Defamation Bill.
He appeared in two editions of the BBC documentary series See You in Court regarding his involvement in the case of Paramaswaran Subramanyam, the Tamil hunger striker, and advising Lembit Opik not to sue the Sunday Times columnist Rod Liddle.
He was a panellist with David Aaronovitch, Peter Oborne and David Allen Green at the Frontline Club in a discussion re Celebrities, super-injunctions and phone hacking.
William has appeared on Sky News on several occasions in order to discuss privacy injunctions.