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39 Essex Chambers

Chambers of Neil Block QC and Alison Foster QC

81 CHANCERY LANE, LONDON, WC2A 1DD, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7832 1111
Fax:
Fax 020 7353 3978
DX:
298 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
Email:
Web:
www.39essex.com
Kuala Lumpur, London, Manchester, Singapore

William Norris QC

Tel:
Work 020 7832 1111
Email:
39 Essex Chambers (Chambers of Neil Block QC and Alison Foster QC)

Position

Barrister specialising in personal injury, product liability, sport and environmental claims (particularly wind farm related) and Judicial Review on renewable energy matters. Handles contract and tort claims, acting in the cases of Albright & Wilson v Berk & Biachem (HL) (contract/independent contractors) and Morris v Network Rail (CA) (noise/electrical nuisance); Davis v Tinsley (noise nuisance from wind farm) and Poppleton v Peter Ashley Centre (sports centre’s duty of care), Geary v Wetherspoon (CA 2008), Grimes v Hawkins, Yates v NT (all duty of care cases). Has appeared on a regular basis in sports cases, particularly racing and bloodstock and in the Welsh rugby cases, Jones & Ebbw Vale RFC v Welsh Rugby Union. Sits regularly as a chairman/arbitrator for Sports Resolutions and NADP (and other sports bodies). Has appeared in many major wind farm inquiries (e.g. Clyde and Northumberland/Ray) and in the judicial review/statutory appeals re Little Cheyne Court, Teeside Offshore and Goresedd Bran wind farms as well as Akester v Wightlink (Habitats Regulations) and several other projects for renewal energy development both onshore and offshore.

Career

Called 1974; Silk 1997. General editor, Kemp & Kemp; consultant editor, Kemp Practice and Procedure.

Member

Former Chairman PIBA; former member of Master of Rolls Working Party on Structured Settlements, and of Civil Justice Council Clinical Negligence and Serious Injury Committee; chairman (one of) Sports Dispute Resolution Panel; member of National Anti-Doping Panel.

Education

Sherborne School; New College, Oxford; Middle Temple (Benefactors’ Scholarship).

Leisure

Sailing, sport, countryside.


London Bar

Environment

Within: Environment – Leading silks

William Norris QC - 39 Essex ChambersStrong advocate who develops innovative arguments.

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Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud

Within: Personal injury – Leading silks

William Norris QC - 39 Essex ChambersHis strengths are his prolific work ethic, attention to detail and tremendous finesse in the presentation of cases.

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