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Daniel Williams

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Daniel is a Senior Associate in the Commercial Litigation team based in Manchester. Daniel acts on general commercial and corporate disputes, specialising in contencious trust and probate disputes.


Senior Associate


Daniel is the lead associate on a broad range of high value and complex matters, typically concerning shareholder disputes, breach of contract, breach of restrictive covenants, multi-million pound professional negligence disputes (claimant), along with bringing and responding to applications for injunctive relief. 

In addition, Daniel now has considerable (over 7 years) expertise in contentious trust and probate matters and in the last 12 months has been instructed to act for Executors and Claimants alike in significant and high value Inheritance Act proceedings, the most notable of which concerning a £12m+ estate.

North West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Manchester

Within: Commercial litigation: Manchester

The team at DWF has an extensive track record representing national, international and regional clients in contractual and company disputes, in addition to handling professional negligence, Judicial Review, competition, directors' disqualification, insolvency and contentious probate disputes, as well as arbitrations and injunctions. Food and drink, retail, telecommunications, utilities, energy, education and the public sector are all key areas of focus for the ‘hardworking’ team, which represented WM Morrison Supermarkets in a high-profile claim brought by employees and former employees whose confidential data was put into the public domain in 2014. The Insolvency Service, Lancashire County Council, Safeway and Manchester United Football Club are also clients. The 'fantasticJoel Heap heads the disputes practice nationally, while the 'very responsive and pragmaticSteve Morris  - who is noted for his ‘business-like approach to litigation’ - heads the team in Manchester. Other key figures include consultant Andrew HarrisLee Norman, who is noted for professional negligence cases, director Chris Gee, who handles contentious probate matters as well as contractual and commercial disputes, and Claire Graham, who regularly handles insolvency-related cases. Senior associates Zoryana Jurczyszyn and the ‘excellent’ Nicole Burton are also noted, as are recently promoted senior associates Daniel Williams and Benjamin Johnson. Director Asima Rana, who focuses on contentious IP matters, recently joined from TLT. Jon Hainey  joined TLT in May 2018.

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North West: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

DWF  fields a ‘strong team with excellent industry knowledge’. The ‘very competent’ Chris Gee  and ‘hardworking and thorough’ senior associate Daniel Williams  ‘get a very good grasp of complicated situations and are both realistic in their advice and expectations’. Chris King regularly advises trustees and executors of estates in addition to acting for beneficiaries of trusts and estates and insolvency professionals. Associate Paul Maddock  ‘gives concise and accurate advice’. Its client base includes trustee companies, private banks and charitable trusts such as Hawksford Trustees Jersey and Rathbones Brothers plc as well as private individuals. Its work increasingly has an international and offshore dimension.

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