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Chambers of Adrian Darbishire KC and Selva Ramasamy KC
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ln business crime, fraud, general crime and arbitration, William Boyce QC is instructed in the most complex, prominent and high value cases. His expertise and experience includes: frauds in banking, mortgages, market making and mergers and acquisitions; false announcements to the market; insider dealing; FX manipulation; arms to lraq sanctions breaches; international bribery and corruption and cartel offences. William is currently instructed to act for a high-profile trader and rate-setter in relation to alleged LIBOR manipulation. He is also currently instructed in three very high value arbitrations involving the oil and gas industry. ln the field of crime generally, he has been instructed in many notorious murder trials, attempted murder trials (including of an MP), and in trials relating to acts of terrorism. He has been instructed in many investigations and proceedings of great public interest, including those involving: the ‘Birmingham Six’; Winston Silcott (and the Broadwater Farm riots and the murder of PC Keith Blakelock); Stefan Kiszko and others. He is regularly instructed in the Court of Appeal in relation to cases in which he was not instructed in the courts below. ln R v Harvey, in the UK Supreme Court, he argued that VAT should be taken into account when making orders under The Proceeds of Crime Act. More broadly: he acted on behalf of the prosecution in the largest ever private prosecution brought by an individual in this country; he has been instructed in a trial in the Chancery Division and in committal proceedings in the High Court; he has acted pro bono for servicemen’s families in relation to inquests and, separately, in relation to disabled children, who have been refused compensation. William has a broad advisory practice, providing advice, guidance and direction to companies and to individuals. 






Called to the Bar I 976. Junior and then Senior Treasury Counsel at the Central Criminal Court 1991-2001 ; QC 2001 – ; Recorder 1993-.


Bencher of Gray’s lnn; Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers; lnternational Bar Association; Bar Council; Health and

Safety Lawyers Association; Competition Law Association; Criminal Bar Association; European Criminal Bar Association; Fraud

Advisory Panel; Female Fraud Forum; Justice; Extradition Lawyers Association; Public Access Bar Association; registered with

The Bar Council – Public Access Directory.


Bill has a degree in Economics.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Fraud: crime

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

William Boyce KC – QEB Hollis Whiteman ‘Fantastic cross-examiner, a real fighter, excellent attention to detail.’

London Bar > Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

William Boyce KCQEB Hollis WhitemanFantastic cross examiner, a real fighter, excellent attention to detail.