William Trower > South Square > London, England > Lawyer Profile

South Square
South Square


William has a financial and commercial practice, specialising in Insolvency and Corporate Restructuring, Banking, Company Law and the civil aspects of Commercial Fraud.  He has acted in disputes arising out of many high-profile and high-value insolvencies, both in the UK and abroad.

Frequently described as ‘the go-to man’ for top law firms, William has been instructed in many of the major, precedent-setting insolvencies and restructurings over the past 10 years. He is currently acting for the administrators of Lehman Brothers and Nortel and has acted in many other high profile insolvencies and reconstructions, such as Kaupthing and Landsbanki.

William sits as a Deputy High Court Judge (Chancery Division), accepts appointment as an arbitrator and is a CEDR-trained mediator.  He was a member of the Insolvency Rules Committee for ten years and is now a non-executive Board member of the Insolvency Service. He contributes to a number of texts and professional publications.


Called 1983 (Lincoln’s Inn); QC 2001.


Commercial Bar Association, Chancery Bar Association, Council of Insolvency Lawyers’ Association.


University of Oxford (1981 MA).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Insolvency

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William Trower QC

South Square

He’s the silk you choose when you want the judge to know that you and your clients are taking matters seriously and when you want the court to trust you.

South Square ‘continues to dictate the standard to which others must pitch‘, praised one client, saying the set is ‘unrivaled for insolvency-related matters‘. Areas where members particularly stand out include schemes of arrangement, company voluntary arrangements, administrations and liquidations, as well as cross-border matters and insolvency litigation. Highlights for David Allison QC include acting for the company in House of Fraser’s scheme of arrangement, and the special court-appointed managers conducting the liquidation of Carillion. Daniel Bayfield QC acted for the creditor in Re OJSC International Bank of Azerbaijan. Felicity Toube QC is noted for international proceedings, with particular experience before courts in the Cayman Islands. Henry Phillips was led by William Trower QC in Noble Group Limited; a complex scheme of arrangement involving a restructuring of $4bn of its liabilities. Trowers QC has recently been appointed to the Chancery Division of the High Court.