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William Richmond-Coggan

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BDB Pitmans

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Dispute resolution; advocacy; charity and nonprofit organisations; technology.


The co-ordinator of the firm’s in-house advocacy provision, Will is a solicitor advocate with higher rights of audience and has considerable experience of litigating in the High Court and at Court of Appeal level. He contributes frequently to the national and regional media and his specialisms include reputation and media disputes, data privacy and internet security, contentious trust and probate work and commercial dispute resolution (often in the technology or financial sectors and for a wide range of domestic and multi-national clients). Reported cases this year in which he has been instructed as solicitor and/or advocate include One Step (Support) Ltd v Morris Garner [2014] EWHC 2213 (QB) (restrictive covenants/damages); and Brooke and ors v Purton and ors [2014] EWHC 547 (Ch) (will interpretation/rectification).


Trained 2 Mitre Court Buildings (pupillage); called to Bar 2000; admitted to Roll 2004; partner Pitmans LLP 2013.


Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates (currently Treasurer).


Epsom College, Surrey; Trinity College, Oxford University – BA Juris (Hons) – 1999; Inns of Court School of Law – Bar Vocational Course – 2000.

South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

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William Richmond-Coggan - Pitmans LLP

Within: Commercial litigation: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

The team at Pitmans LLP is ‘rated very highly for its responsiveness, value for money and knowledge’, with particular strengths in IT disputes, professional negligence claims, corporate and shareholder disputes, and substantial commercial disputes including logistics, distribution and international trade matters. Practice head Tim Clark is advising an individual client on a shareholder dispute in the context of matrimonial proceedings relating to a company valued at around £3m. Phil Smith is ‘first rate; he has a sharp, analytical mind, identifies and advises clearly on key issues, and is very user-friendly’. Clark and Smith have together been advising Dutch YouTube services company Zoom.In on the UK aspects of a dispute with MNN which involves content-hosting arrangements, services and a shareholders’ agreement. William Richmond-Coggan, who has higher rights of audience, has been acting for One Step (Support) in bringing a non-competition and non-solicitation clauses claim against two individuals, which was heard in the Supreme Court in late 2017. Other clients of note include Veritas Technologies, Symantec and Banner Homes. Deputy managing partner and insolvency expert Suzanne Brooker is also noted, as is contentious construction and engineering expert David Gwillim.

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