William Charles

Partner

Contact
F +44 20.7615.3100

London

10 Gresham Street

London, UK EC2V 7JD

T +44 20.7615.3076

F +44 20.7615.3100

William is a partner in the Litigation & Arbitration Group. He specialises in complex commercial dispute resolution, with a strong focus on banking and finance, civil fraud, outsourcing, technology and energy disputes, in High Court litigation, arbitration, expert determination and other forms of ADR. William’s practice also focuses on advising firms and senior executives, particularly in the financial services sector, in UK and cross-border regulatory investigations and ‘white collar’ proceedings, including competition/antitrust issues, market abuse and mis-selling.

William is recognised as a “Next Generation Partner” for Banking Litigation and a “Key Lawyer” for Commercial Litigation and Financial Services (Contentious) in The Legal 500 UK. Clients praise him as “outstanding.”

He also regularly publishes articles on key developments in English litigation and UK regulatory enforcement.

Primary Focus & Experience

Banking and finance disputes and investigations

  • • Acting for an international financial sector firm in relation to investigations by regulatory authorities in multiple jurisdictions concerning antitrust/competition law and market conduct issues.
    • Acting for a senior investment banking executive, co-defending (with the investment bank) complex civil fraud claims brought in the High Court of very substantial value arising from the collapse of the Icelandic banking sector, in particular Kaupthing Bank. Also acting in relation to related regulatory investigations.
    • Acting for a global investment management firm defending high-value claims in the High Court, arising from the selection of assets for a very substantial investment portfolio.
    • Acting for a very senior investment banking executive in relation to a regulatory investigation following enforcement action against the bank concerning LIBOR misconduct.
    • Acting for a global asset management firm in relation to complex civil fraud claims of around £180 million in value, brought in the High Court against third party investment managers and numerous corporate entities in a number of jurisdictions (listed by The Lawyer as one of the Top 20 Cases of 2014).
    • Acting for a global investment bank in relation to investigations by a number of regulatory authorities across several jurisdictions into practices concerning foreign exchange trading.
    • Acting for a major national building society in relation to regulatory investigations by the FCA and SFO concerning the sale of complex structured investment products.
    • Acting for a global investment management firm in relation to an investigation by the FCA concerning price-sensitive information and an employee's personal account dealing.
    • Acting for a senior investment banking executive in relation to a regulatory investigation concerning allegations of manipulative trading activity, as well as systems and controls and supervisory failings.
    • Acting for a global financial services firm in relation to defending breach of warranty claims of significant value following the sale of a banking and consumer credit subsidiary.

Other commercial disputes

  • • Acting for a global IT services Fortune 500 company in a substantial and sensitive dispute relating to a high-profile public procurement contract.
    • Acting for a major international private equity firm in expert determination proceedings of substantial value following a major acquisition in the energy sector.
    • Acting for a global technology company in a substantial and sensitive dispute with a UK Government-owned organisation.
    • Acting for a major international pharmaceuticals firm in relation to complex and high value IT outsourcing disputes with one of the largest worldwide providers of IT services.
    • Acting for a leading European energy firm defending a c. US$750 million claim in LCIA arbitration, brought by a Russian party following the failure of joint venture negotiations.
    • Acting for a major national retailer in relation to substantial fraud claims against an employee and related third parties.
    • Acting for a major national financial services firm in relation to professional negligence claims against advisers concerning pension liabilities.

Recognitions & Accomplishments

William holds a First Class honours degree in Classics from Oxford University (Trinity College) and was awarded an Exhibition during his time at Oxford.

He has also been awarded Higher Rights of Audience and is entitled to practice as a Solicitor Advocate.

William is recognised as a “Next Generation Partner” for Banking Litigation and a “Key Lawyer” for Commercial Litigation and Financial Services (Contentious) in The Legal 500 UK. Clients praise him as “outstanding.”

William has written on various legal topics, including articles published in The Banking Law Journal, Law360 and The International Who’s Who of Commercial Litigation.

 

Additional Details
Education
  • University of Oxford, M.A.
  • BPP University Law School, PgDL
  • BPP University Law School, L.P.C.
Admissions
  • England and Wales