William Christopher > Kingsley Napley LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile
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William is a partner in Kingsley Napley’s Dispute Resolution team, based in London. He deals mainly with civil fraud litigation and asset recovery.
William has specialised in commercial litigation with a particular focus on civil fraud actions since he qualified. He has extensive and wide-ranging litigation experience, having acted in cases involving contractual disputes, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of trust, and insolvency-related litigation.
William has also acted in many international fraud cases throughout his career, involving the recovery of assets concealed in offshore jurisdictions. He is highly experienced in using freezing injunctions, search orders and disclosure orders in international fraud investigations. He acts as a supervising solicitor in the execution of search orders.
William acts for foreign governments,HNW individuals, corporates, and trustees both corporate and individuals.
William’s main areas of expertise include:
• Civil fraud (often involving multiple jurisdictions)
• Internal fraud investigations
• General commercial litigation (including shareholder disputes)
• Contentious and fraud related insolvency litigation
William writes extensively for external publications including the Global Investigation Review. He was also a contributing author to Lexology’s Getting the Deal Through 2020 – Asset Recovery.
PCB Litigation (Partner from 2003) 1998 – 2004
Reid Minty (Partner) 2004 – 2008
McGrigors (Partner) 2008 – 2012
Pinset Masons (Partner) 2012 – 2015
Kingsley Napley (Partner) 2015 – Current
William is a member of the Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association, the Fraud Lawyers Association, the London Solicitors Litigation Association and the Victims of Crime Association of Lawyers,a European-wide association of which he is a founding member.
University of Exeter (1991 – 1994)
William lives in North London with his wife and two daughters. In his spare time he writes and produces music and DJs.
‘One of the best mid-market commercial litigation firms in London‘, Kingsley Napley LLP routinely represents foreign governments, professional football clubs, casino operators, listed companies, banks and corporations, as well as offshore trustees and HNW individuals; and the team is increasingly active in cases arising out of large-scale investigations. Commercial litigation specialist Richard Foss leads the dispute resolution department, which features Ryan Mowat, an expert in contentious trusts and estates; the ‘much-in-demand lawyer‘ William Christopher; Sue Thackeray, whose cases often incorporate privacy, data protection and hacking issues; and Fiona Simpson, whose instructions frequently involve offshore jurisdictions, Switzerland and CIS countries. Also integral to the practice, Mary Young acts in claims against professionals, while insolvency litigator Michael Mulligan is ‘a dogged advocate for his clients‘. In March 2023, Melanie Hart, who maintains a broad disputes practice, joined from Ince Gordon Dadds, while Laurence Clarke is ‘a standout senior associate‘.
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Public sector > Administrative and public law
- Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general
- Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals)
- Employment > Immigration
- Dispute resolution > Professional discipline
- Employment > Senior executives
- Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market
- Private client > Contentious trusts and probate
- Dispute resolution > Costs lawyers
- Private client > Court of protection
- Private client > Family
- Private client > Family: mediation
- Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil
- Employment > Health and safety
- Corporate and commercial > Partnership
- Real estate > Residential property
- Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant
- Public sector > Education: individuals
- Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious
- Crime, fraud and licensing > Licensing
- Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate
- Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations
- Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers
- Employment > Employers
- Corporate and commercial > M&A: Smaller Deals, £10m-£100m
- Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates)
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management
- Insurance > Professional negligence
- Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail
- Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity