• Biography

    William Cecil has extensive experience in litigation and arbitration matters for clients in the shipping, offshore oil and gas and energy industries. He has been involved in a series of heavyweight international arbitrations. In particular, he has been the lead partner on the following matters: an ICC arbitration based in Geneva relating to a power and desalination construction project in the Middle East; an SCMA arbitration based in Singapore relating to a dispute arising out of the upgrade of a semi-submersible drilling rig; two LMAA arbitrations based in London relating to delay and cost overruns arising out of the construction of two semi-submersible rigs in Korea; an LMAA arbitration based in London; and associated High Court proceedings relating to the construction of two semi-submersible drilling rigs.

    Alongside his litigation and arbitration practice, William also assists clients in the drafting and negotiation of various forms of offshore contracts. He has written extensively on marine and offshore construction topics for publications such as Lloyds List, Harts E & P, Petroleum Review and European Oil and Gas, and has lectured on managing litigation risk in high-value marine construction projects. Will is a co-author of a chapter on Offshore Vessel Construction Disputes within Global Arbitration Review’s Guide to Energy Arbitrations (Second Edition). He is also a co-author of the chapter on shipbuilding contracts governed by the law of England and Wales in Getting The Deal Through- Shipbuilding 2017: England and Wales.

    William is a recommended lawyer in the international arbitration, oil and gas, and shipping sections of the 2017 UK edition of The Legal 500, Legalease, the international directory of law firms. Legal 500 reports that "William Cecil is ‘very experienced’ in offshore oil and gas and energy-related arbitrations," and is "'wise, sensible and knowledgeable,’ and is noted for shipbuilding disputes."

    Chambers UK, Chambers and Partners, 2018 ranks William as a notable practitioner, saying “William Cecil is routinely sought out by clients from the offshore energy and shipping sectors. He is highly skilled in handling arbitrations as well as representing clients in proceedings before the courts.”

  • Education and Clerkships

    • B.S.C. (Hons), Psychology, Bristol University, 1990
  • Admissions

    • England and Wales, 1994