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Craig Williams

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B P Collins LLP

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Litigation and dispute resolution.


Craig is a commercial litigator with particular experience in contractual disputes and all areas of corporate divorce, involving shareholder and director disputes. Craig’s main focus of work is in the environmental, waste management and pharmaceutical sectors and he is the principle and trusted litigation contact for a number of the firm’s key corporate clients. Craig also deals with private client litigation, with a particular emphasis on contentious trusts and inheritance disputes. He has a successful track record at court, with a number of reported decisions in both the commercial and contentious inheritance arenas, including: Fairfax Gerrard Holdings Ltd v Zargaran [2003] EWHC 3017 QBD, one of the leading cases on interpleader proceedings; Shah v Joshi [2008] EWHC 1766 (ch), where a will was successfully contested on the basis that it was a forgery. Craig is an experienced mediation advocate and has successfully settled a variety of commercial and private client disputes within a broad range of ADR mechanisms.


Trainee solicitor 2001-03: qualified 2003; associate 2003-08; senior associate 2008-10; partner 2010-to date. All at B P Collins.


Law Society.


Warwick University.


Rock climbing, mountaineering, football.

South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx

Within: Leading individuals

Craig Williams - B P Collins LLP

Within: Commercial litigation: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx

B P Collins LLP fields a team of 'exceptionally good litigators' who combine 'good technical knowledge with a personal service'; for many, the team is 'second to none'. Practice head Matthew Brandis is 'exceptional - incredibly thorough and very good at keeping clients informed and up to date'. He has more than 20 years' experience handling complex contractual disputes, defamation actions and professional negligence claims, and is ably supported by Craig Williams, who 'really considers the clients interests when delivering advice on complex legal issues'; and Nick Hallchurch, whose extensive track record covers shareholder disputes, professional negligence claims against solicitors, health and safety disputes, and regulatory claims. The environmental, technology and pharmaceutical sectors are all key areas of strength for the practice; in an illustration of its capability in the waste management sector, Williams and associate Rajiv Malhotra successfully defended PB Donoghue in a £3m claim for damages arising from oral agreements made with a former HGV driver. In another key matter, Williams and senior associate Simon Carroll represented a local charity in a case arising from a gym operator's failure to make payments and refusal to provide account to avoid fee increases.

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South East: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

B P Collins LLP attracts praise for its 'thorough knowledge of the practice area and ability to identify issues quickly to work towards a resolution that is in the best interests of the client'. The practice's expertise encompasses the full range of contested probate cases, including Inheritance Act claims, disputes involving the validity and interpretation of testamentary documents, the removal of personal representatives, and disputes arising from the administration of trusts and estates. Craig Williams 'always keeps the client’s objectives in mind and is pragmatic and practical in his approach to the legal issues'. Matthew Brandis is also recommended.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx

Within: Personal tax, trusts and probate: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx

B P Collins LLP fields an 'excellent' personal tax team that leverages the firm's overall strength in private client work to provide a holistic service to its high-net-worth client base. Capital tax planning is a particular strength for the team, which also handles trust and estate administration (often involving cross-jurisdictional elements), estate planning and Court of Protection matters. Craig Williams heads the practice and is noted for his expertise in contentious inheritance disputes and litigation arising form the validity of testamentary documents. 'Diligent, efficient' senior associate Lucy Wood is also recommended.

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South East: Real estate


Within: Environment

B P Collins LLP fields an environmental law team that is 'very strong indeed', with clients singling out practice head Alex Zachary as 'very thorough and will stick to his guns where required'. The cross-practice team has extensive experience in all stages of the waste cycle, acting for clients in waste management, renewables and efficiency, as well as for waste-to-energy clients involved in renewable energy projects. In an illustration of the practice's track record in the waste management sector, Craig Williams acted for PB Donoghue in a £3m claim for damages arising from or JV/management/licence agreements made with an ex-HGV driver. Other recent highlights include advising Biffa on the acquisition of Amber Engineering, a waste management business in south Wales, and assisting the same client with updated terms for its project involving the collection and disposal of garden waste. Also recommended are David Smellie, who regularly handles commercial contracts and corporate transactions related to the waste management and renewables sectors, and Alison Taylor, who handles high-value commercial lease transactions for environmental clients.

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