William has been active in insurance and reinsurance law for over 35 years, having qualified in 1984 at Ince & Co. He subsequently qualified and worked in Australia for three years. On returning to London, William became a Partner at Waltons & Morse where he remained for 10 years. He moved to Lawrence Graham’s insurance and reinsurance group before joining Carter Perry Bailey in 2009.
On the contentious side, William has advised on reinsurance coverage disputes, both in the live and legacy areas. He has handled many disputes in the Commercial Court, in arbitrations and internationally, which have often involved conflicts of laws issues. He has particular experience of reassurance and insurance coverage and defence disputes relating to financial lines insurances of all kinds, including Bankers’ Blanket Bonds, financial institutions professional negligence and computer crime, D&O, property damage, business interruption, political violence, terrorism and both marine and non-marine war risks.
William has regularly assisted insurance and reinsurance brokers and their clients with collecting “difficult” claims and on disputes over brokers’ accounts and commissions.
A substantial part of William’s practice has involved advising on non-contentious matters, including the establishment of overseas insurance entities in the UK and structures for overseas insurers to provide cover for UK insureds. He has advised on the drafting of many forms of agreement between market participants and intermediaries, from coverholder agreements to commutations, as well as on policy drafting. He has also advised insurers and brokers on sanctions compliance.