Andrew Ward > Watson Farley & Williams LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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Andrew specialises in international arbitration, commercial litigation and resolving disputes outside the formal court or arbitral channels, including through negotiation and mediation.

He has particular expertise in the maritime, aviation, trade and energy sectors. His clients include banks, PE funds, other investors, lessors, shipowners, charterers and commodity traders. In addition, Andrew is a member of the firm’s innovation and technology initiative.

He is recognised as a Leading Individual by The Legal 500 UK 2021, based on testimonials including “excellent. Insightful, incisive and commercial. Really bright and a pleasure to work with”, “calm, focused, diligent and thorough – and always good-humoured” and “extremely clever and has close attention to detail.”

Clients describe the team as having “an incredible level of industry knowledge in the energy and transport sectors, which gives them a real understanding of what their clients want and the issues which they face” and as an “experienced and multinational team with in-depth knowledge of issues related to certain very specific sectors (maritime, air, oil and gas)” (testimonials in The Legal 500 UK 2021).


College of Law (London) PgDL and LPC; Durham University MA Classics, BA Classics.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market

(Hall of Fame)

Andrew WardWatson Farley & Williams LLP

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.

London > Transport > Aviation

Watson Farley & Williams LLP‘s aviation sector group is led frm London by co-head Jim Bell, an ‘excellent problem solver’ who works in tandem with fellow co-head Charles Viggers in Singapore. The team has strong track record of work on high-stakes restructuring work, routinely advising creditor groups, lenders and lessors. The team also has notable expertise on the contentious side, with London disputes co-head Andrew Ward a key name.

London > Dispute resolution > Commodities disputes

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.

London > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

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.