Will is a commercial litigator specialising in professional liability.
Will is a commercial litigator who specialises in representing professional firms and individual professionals in professional negligence claims. He has a particular emphasis on defending claims against solicitors, barristers, pensions actuaries and property professionals.
The subject matter of the claims he defends is diverse, but he has a particular focus on claims arising from transactions, including corporate, commercial, real estate and finance transactions, and he has extensive experience in claims arising from pensions and tax issues.
Ranked in Band 1 by Chambers UK and in Legal 500's Hall of Fame for Professional Negligence, Will is described by clients as "technically and tactically brilliant. Proactive, resourceful and quickly gets stuck into the details" and "an excellent lawyer and a trusted adviser".
In addition, Will represents professional firms and individual professionals in regulatory investigations and disciplinary proceedings: he has handled matters before the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, the ICAEW, the Serious Fraud Office, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the FCA, and the Takeover Panel.
He also advises insurers on policy coverage issues arising in claims against professionals, and represents insurers and reinsurers in reinsurance coverage disputes.
Will studied at the University of Auckland (LLB (Hons)) and was an associate in legacy Herbert Smith's Disputes team in London. Prior to re-joining Herbert Smith Freehills in 2021, Will was Head of Insurance Disputes in London and Global co-Head of Insurance at another international city law firm.
Experience & expertise
- a firm of solicitors to successfully defend a substantial claim: Raffeisen Bank International AG v Asia Coal Energy Ventures Ltd & Ashurst LLP  EWCA Civ 11*
- The Civil Aviation Authority in an important decision concerning the scope of Legal Advice Privilege: Civil Aviation Authority v Jet2.Com Ltd  EWCA Civ 35*
- on the successful strike out of references to Without Prejudice communications from a pleading in Briggs v Clay  EWHC 102 (Ch)
- a real estate consultancy in a successful summary judgment application in respect of a professional negligence claim against it: Rehman v Santander UK Plc  EWHC 748 (QB)*.
*prior to joining Herbert Smith Freehills