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 who specialises in complex commercial dispute resolution, with a strong focus on banking and finance, civil fraud, technology and energy disputes, in High Court litigation, arbitration and mediation. William’s practice also focuses on advising institutions 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 manipulation, insider trading and mis-selling.

William is ranked by the Legal 500 UK as a “Rising Star” for Banking Litigation.  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 a senior investment banking executive, co-defending (with the financial institution itself) 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 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 management firm defending high-value claims, brought in the High Court, arising from the selection of assets (in particular, mortgage-backed securities) for a substantial investment portfolio prior to the onset of the financial crisis.
  • Acting for a very senior investment banking executive in relation to a regulatory investigation following enforcement action against the bank concerning LIBOR.
  • 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 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 disputes with one of the largest worldwide providers of IT services, arising from an agreement for the provision of IT infrastructure.
  • Acting for a leading European energy firm defending a c. USD 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 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 ranked by the Legal 500 UK as a “Rising Star” for Banking Litigation.  He has also been praised as “meticulous in understanding the detail” in Commercial Litigation (the Legal 500 UK).

William has written on various legal topics, including published articles in The Banking Law Journal 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