William Charles

Milbank - United Kingdom



Litigation Star



United Kingdom

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, technology and energy disputes, in High Court litigation, arbitration and 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 manipulation, insider trading and mis-selling.

William is recognised as a “Rising Star” for Banking Litigation in The Legal 500 UK.  He also regularly publishes articles on key developments in English litigation and UK regulatory enforcement.

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.

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 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.

  • Banking and financial services
  • Commercial/civil
  • Competition/antitrust
  • Government and regulatory
  • International arbitration

  • Banking
  • Financial services
  • Investment management
  • Tech and telecoms

  • England and Wales
  • Solicitor Advocate (Higher Courts Civil Proceedings)

  • University of Oxford, MA (Oxon) (Classics), First Class
  • BPP Law School, PgDL and LPC