William Charrington > Farrer & Co > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Farrer & Co

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William advises corporate clients, institutions and individuals on a wide range of contentious matters. His practice includes disputes arising out of commercial contracts, civil fraud, professional negligence and judicial review. He has experience of all stages of the litigation process from initial pre-action advice up to trial, and of alternative forms of dispute resolution such as mediation and arbitration. William has particular experience of acting in complex civil fraud disputes relating to banking. He advises on applications for interim relief including freezing and asset disclosure orders. His broad practice also includes advising clients on art related disputes and inquest proceedings.


William joined Farrer & Co as a trainee in September 2007 and qualified as a solicitor in September 2009


London Solicitors Litigation Association


St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford and BPP Professional Education, London

Lawyer Rankings

London > Private client > Art and cultural property

(Rising stars)

William Charrington  – Farrer & Co

The first-class team at Farrer & Co has a stellar reputation for its art and cultural property expertise and regularly works with international super rich clients. Adrian Parkhouse is highly sought after for his work on major art cases, and senior associate William Charrington is also developing a strong art-related disputes practice. Through Bethan Waters, the department is well regarded for its work in the art lending world. Clients include leading museums and galleries in the UK, charities and top landed estates. Isabel Paintin advises clients on a wide range of issues relating to the ownership of artwork, gifts of heritage assets and heritage tax issues. Julian Smith is another stand-out member of the practice along with Peter Wienand, who advises many cultural organisations and artists on the protection and exploitation of their intellectual property.

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market

Farrer & Co‘s ‘dispute resolution team is second to none in terms of technical quality and relationship building‘. The core of the firm’s corporate and commercial litigation practice involves major disputes, with a particular focus on cases involving complex company structures and asset holdings, shareholder conflicts, and cross-border commercial contracts. The team predominantly acts in matters comprising international components; and it is particularly expert in both coordinating proceedings in multiple jurisdictions, and handling cases encompassing jurisdictional issues. Corporate and shareholder dispute specialist Kate Allass is ‘one of the best in the mid-market sector‘; Ben Longworth‘s commercial disputes practice encompasses contractual claims, shareholder disputes, post-M&A issues, and insurance coverage matters; and Jolyon Connell is ‘a class act, who speaks honestly and directly‘. At associate level, seniors William Charrington, Charles Fursdon and Blue Elliott all maintain busy commercial disputes practices, while Victoria Atkins and Sally Mantell are also experienced litigators.