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Addleshaw Goddard

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Bill Gilliam

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Addleshaw Goddard

Work Department

Commercial litigation dispute resolution.


Bill is a partner in the commercial dispute resolution/litigation team. He specialises in heavyweight disputes. He has particular expertise in the management and resolution of procurement challenges, major IT project disputes, claims arising from the sale and purchase of businesses, contract terminations and the resolution of large scale business-critical supply/JV disputes. Bill has over 20 years’ experience in litigation and arbitration, together with all forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), including expert determination, negotiation and mediation. He acts for national and international clients and has considerable experience of advising both private and public bodies in a range of sectors, including health, transport, utilities, retail and technology. Examples of Bill’s recent experience include: acting for a wide variety of contracting authorities and utilities, as well as bidder clients on procurement challenges and achieving successful outcomes, by way of negotiation, strike out/summary judgment and swift partial re-run; advising ‘behind the scenes’ on highly sensitive procurement issues; assisting IT suppliers and customer organisations on resolving large scale disputes with IT outsourcing, changes in specification/scope, project delivery delays and performance failures, using escalated dispute resolution processes, negotiation, mediation, expert determination, arbitration and court proceedings; advising private and public sector organisations on complex and/or critical issues, including the management, renegotiation, default and termination of major contractual relationships; resolving high value completion account and warranty claims; dealing with several high profile judicial reviews in a number of sectors.


Commercial dispute resolution/litigation partner, Eversheds LLP January 1994-December 2013 (20 years); commercial dispute resolution/litigation partner, Addleshaw Goddard LLP, January 2014 to present.


Society of Computers and Law; Procurement Lawyers Association.


Leeds Grammar School; Manchester Metropolitan University (Law, 2.1 hons).


Family, running, Krav Maga.

Yorkshire and the Humber: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

Within: Leading individuals

Bill Gilliam - Addleshaw Goddard

Within: Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

Addleshaw Goddard has 'a proactive and commercial view' and handles a range of commercial disputes as well as 'assisting clients with planning to minimise the risk of needing to invoke dispute resolution'. The team has the ability to operate internationally and acts for a range of local, national and global clients, with particular experience in the energy, IT, industrials, transport and health sectors. The team is jointly led by Simon Kamstra, Bill Gilliam and Sally Emerton; Kamstra acts in international disputes and arbitrations with a focus on the energy, aviation, manufacturing sectors alongside expertise in judicial reviews and public law; Gilliam has expertise in procurement challenges, IT projects, M&A claims, supply and outsourcing disputes, and Emerton is a finance disputes specialist. Louise Dobson is another key name, particularly for her knowledge of the health and pharmaceuticals, local government and retail sectors.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Public sector


Within: Health

Addleshaw Goddard's department is split into four separate teams; public sector and health infrastructure, social and long-term care, life sciences and private healthcare. Alongside its public and private healthcare clients, the department also handles PFI secondary market transactions, infrastructure portfolios and care home work. Bill Gilliam leads the Leeds health sector group and focuses on contentious issues, Peter Wood handles corporate matters, Simon Lofthouse heads up the private healthcare provider group and legal director Louise Dobson litigates matters in the health and pharmaceutical sectors.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

The 'friendly yet professional' IT practice at Addleshaw Goddard is known predominantly for its expertise in high-value IT projects and technology outsourcing deals. The group is instructed by large national private sector corporates and is particularly active in the industrial, retail, health, and financial services sectors. Practice head Michael Lowry focuses on IT procurements, outsourcing projects, data centres, large-scale enterprise licensing work, cloud issues and SaaS arrangements. Other key names to note include Bill Gilliam for IT disputes, Simon Lofthouse, who counts the private health and industrial sectors among his specialisms, and consultant Ian Sampson.

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