Rebecca Williams > Watson Farley & Williams LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile
Watson Farley & Williams LLP Offices
15 APPOLD STREET
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Partner, Co-Head Dispute Resolution
REBECCA IS A PARTNER IN AND CO-HEAD OF THE DISPUTE RESOLUTION GROUP.
Rebecca has extensive experience in all major forms of dispute resolution in the construction, engineering, process, petrochemical and energy sectors including litigation, arbitration (both international and domestic and under various rules, including ICC and LCIA), adjudication and mediation.
She offers real time advice during project execution and is an expert in all major standard forms of contract including FIDIC, IChemE, NEC, JCT and numerous bespoke contracts. Insurance-related disputes are another area of expertise. Rebecca has acted for owners/developers as well as major EPC contractors and sub-contractors on a wide range of infrastructure and energy projects both domestically and internationally. Rebecca has a particular depth of experience in disputes relating to Offshore Wind projects dating from 2008.
Rebecca and her team have advised in varying capacities on projects comprising approximately 75% of the UK’s offshore wind energy generating capacity. As a result the WFW team are particularly adept at the early and cost efficient resolution of disputes before, during and after construction.
In April 2019, Rebecca led the WFW team that successfully advised Bester in the ground-breaking PBS Energo AS v Bester Generacion UK Ltd matter and as a result of which the team were awarded Legal Week’s Construction and Engineering Team of the Year 2019 and shortlisted for Legal Business’ Commercial Litigation Team of the Year 2020.
Rebecca has been named by leading UK legal weekly The Lawyer as one of its Hot 100 2020, a prestigious list of the lawyers of the moment who are shaping the legal profession. She was shortlisted for “Litigator of the year” at the Women in Law Awards 2020.
Rebecca has been recommended as a leader in her field for a number of years. Legal 500 UK 2021 notes Rebecca “gives everything for her clients in each and every case. She is a real winner, and leads with confidence and tenacity a large team, who all support her completely. That support and loyalty is a real testament to her. Rebecca has great energy and enthusiasm for each case, which drives the team.” She is described as a “savvy operator” and “the epitome of the new generation of leaders in the construction legal industry”, as well as being “completely committed and determined to do the best for her clients.”
Chambers UK 2021 cites “her main strengths are her attention to detail and ability to understand the technical complexities of cases. In her formulation and execution of a strategy, she never leaves any stone unturned and always identifies and addresses the key issues”, as well as “she is exceptionally good tactically and a very good case manager.”
- Law Society of England & Wales
- Technology and Construction Solicitors’ Association (TeCSA)
- Society of Construction Law (SCL)
- National Association for Women in Construction
- Australian Women in Business
- 2003 · Admitted as a Solicitor of England and Wales
- 1997 · Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia
- 1997 · College of Law
- 1995 · Indiana University ANU Exchange Programme: awarded a scholarship to study at Indiana University and received the Certificate of High Scholastic Achievement
- 1990 – 1995 · Australian National University, BA in Political Science, LLB
Personal hobbies: travel, cooking, skiing, swimming, yoga and meditation.
Lawyer Rankings(Leading individuals)
Watson Farley & Williams LLP advises on a broad range of energy, transport, and real estate disputes, acting for a number of blue-chip and international clients. Rebecca Williams leads the team, and is well-regarded for her work for owners, developers and EPC contractors on infrastructure and energy projects, both domestically and internationally. Ryland Ash primarily advises on contractual and common law issues, and is experienced in all forms of dispute resolution. Barry Hembling specialises in hotel, leisure and healthcare disputes, whilst Alexander Creswick focuses on renewable energy matters.
Watson Farley & Williams LLP ‘provides the most practical solutions‘ and clients praise its ability to take on ‘high-value, serious work, based all over the world‘. Andrew Ward and Rebecca Williams lead the dispute resolution practice, which is ‘very well resourced and able to take on the biggest opponents‘. Andrew Hutcheon is the key partner for contentious matters in the commodities, mining, oil & gas, shipping and aviation sectors. Rob Fidoe specialises in international commercial dispute resolution, particularly arbitration, and advises corporates and multinationals in industry sector such as energy, infrastructure and international trade.
Known for its shipping, energy, oil and gas, construction and commodities sector expertise, Watson Farley & Williams LLP‘s ‘combines extensive and deep experience with a modern and nimble approach to disputes‘. The London dispute resolution group is jointly led by Rebecca Williams, who ‘gives her all to cases‘; and big-ticket international arbitration specialist Andrew Ward. Mike Phillips leads the maritime disputes team; Rob Fidoe is ‘an outstanding lawyer‘; and Alexander Creswick, Mark McAllister-Jones and Archit Dhir are experienced senior associates.
Watson Farley & Williams LLP‘s ‘very effective team‘ is constantly involved in some of the English Courts’ highest profile commercial litigation; and the fielding of dispute resolution teams from Europe, Asia, the US and the Middle East (in addition to London) facilitates the coordination of complex cross-jurisdictional cases. The practice also stands out for its expertise in large-scale, commercial and corporate litigation in the transport, energy and real estate sectors. The team is jointly led by transport sector expert Andrew Ward; and construction, engineering, petrochemical and energy disputes specialist Rebecca Williams. Also integral to the group are Charles Buss, who focuses on maritime litigation, as well as general commercial and banking disputes; Rob Fidoe, who is ‘building a very strong commercial litigation practice‘; and commercial and financial disputes expert Andrew Hutcheon. At senior associate level Mark McAllister-Jones and Jemma Dhillon both have extensive commercial litigation practices.
Watson Farley & Williams LLP offers broad sector focused advice, with the non-contentious construction team acting across real estate, infrastructure, and energy matters. The team is co-led by Martin Lucas, who has particular expertise in offshore wind farm projects both in the UK and internationally, and Rebecca Williams, who advises on front-end dispute avoidance elements of project documents. Barry Hembling is also noted for his experience in real estate matters, particularly in the healthcare, hotel, and leisure sectors.
- Commercial litigation: mid-market - London > Dispute resolution
- Leading individuals - London > Real estate > Construction: contentious
- Commodities disputes - London > Dispute resolution
- Construction: contentious - London > Real estate
- Construction: non-contentious - London > Real estate
- International arbitration - London > Dispute resolution
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market
- Real estate > Environment
- Finance > Transport finance and leasing
- Dispute resolution > Commodities disputes
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
- Industry focus > Hospitality and leisure
- Corporate and commercial > M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas
- Transport > Shipping
- Finance > Trade finance
- Transport > Aviation
- Real estate > Construction: contentious
- Real estate > Construction: non-contentious
- Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – small-mid cap
- Employment > Immigration
- Dispute resolution > International arbitration
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Mining and minerals
- Real estate > Planning
- Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m)
- Transport > Rail
- Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax
- Real estate > Property litigation
- Employment > Employers
- Corporate and commercial > EU and competition
- Real estate > Property finance