• Biography

    William Cecil is the managing partner of the London office and head of the dispute resolution team in London. He has extensive experience in litigation and arbitration matters for clients in the shipping, offshore oil and gas and energy industries.

    William has represented clients in arbitrations conducted under many of the commonly used rules, including the ICC, LCIA and LMAA and in proceedings before the English Courts (the Commercial Court, the TCC and the Court of Appeal).

    William is a co-author of the fifth edition of the Law of Shipbuilding Contracts, published May 2020 (Informa Law from Routledge). The other co-authors of this edition are Simon Curtis and Ian Gaunt, the President of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (2017-2020).

    William is a co-author of a chapter on Offshore Vessel Construction Disputes within Global Arbitration Review’s Guide to Energy Arbitrations (Fourth 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 2020: England and Wales.

    Alongside his litigation and arbitration practice, William also assists clients in drafting and negotiating shipbuilding contracts and various forms of offshore contracts.

    William is a recommended lawyer in the international arbitration, oil and gas, shipping and contentious construction sections of the 2021 UK edition of The Legal 500, Legalease, the international directory of law firms. Legal 500 reports that "…William Cecil acts extensively in shipbuilding litigation.” They also report that “also of note is William Cecil…for high-end energy disputes.”

    Chambers UK, Chambers and Partners, 2021 ranks William in the shipping section UK-Wide sections as a notable practitioner, who comment “William Cecil assists clients with litigation and arbitration, including disputes related to shipbuilding contracts. He is experienced in oil and gas-related mandates.”

    Selected Publications and Speeches

    • “Trends in Commercial Arbitration and Litigation in Mexico and England,” speaker, 8th Edition - LexMex 2020 virtual event, November 5, 2020.
  • Education and Clerkships

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

    • England and Wales
    • Solicitor Advocate, Higher Rights of Audience (Civil)