William is a Partner in the firm. He is both a Jersey Advocate and an English Barrister.
William has over 25 years’ experience of litigation, focused on courtroom advocacy. He practised at the English Bar for 13 years before moving to work in Jersey in 2008. He has been a Jersey Advocate since 2010 and was appointed as a Crown Advocate in 2012.
William acts in many major and high profile commercial and trust cases in Jersey. He has considerable experience in obtaining creative and effective injunctions to freeze funds and obtain asset disclosure. He achieved the striking out of the defence case in a $15m contractual dispute because of serious disclosure failings. He acted for the Plaintiffs in a $1bn conspiracy claim in which he successfully argued that a fair trial could not be had in Russia against a company associated with a Kremlin-friendly oligarch. He acted in a judicial review against the Jersey police in respect of the indefinite freeze of $16m following the making of a suspicious activity report. He prosecuted the Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank for anti-money laundering breaches, resulting in the largest fine in Jersey for such conduct.
William continues to represent BNP Paribas Jersey Trust Corporation in litigation arising from the long-running Crociani breach of trust litigation, including in matters of contempt. He also regularly advises on regulatory and sanctions-related matters.
William is a Partner in the firm. He is both a Jersey Advocate and an English Barrister, with over 25 years’ experience of litigation and a focus on courtroom advocacy. He practised at the English Bar for 13 years, appearing in court every week, before moving to work in Jersey in 2008. William is also a director of Baker Regulatory Services Limited.
William has been referred to in Chambers and Partners as ‘measured, even-handed and brilliant.’
William has appeared in many notable recent commercial and trust cases in Jersey. He leads the Baker & Partners team representing a bank-owned trust company in Crociani v Crociani, one of the biggest breach of trust cases in recent years in Jersey, which came to trial in 2017. The trial lasted three months. The litigation has given rise to numerous judgments on various aspects of Jersey trusts law and procedure.
William has extensive experience of obtaining creative and effective freezing and disclosure orders in support of both Jersey and overseas litigation.
He acts for an overseas trustee in bankruptcy in litigation concerning the use that can be made outside Jersey of confidential information obtained by an office-holder under compulsion in Jersey. This decision is of importance in the context of cross-border insolvency.
He has frequently advised and assisted financial services businesses and regulators in Jersey on a variety of regulatory matters. He has conducted regulatory investigations on behalf of both regulated businesses and the regulator.
He also prosecutes and defends in serious criminal cases including fraud. He was appointed Crown Advocate in 2012, entitling him to prosecute serious crimes in the Royal Court.
He appears both for the Jersey Law Society and for practitioners in lawyers’ disciplinary matters.
He has advised and acted for customers in bank swap mis-selling cases, and in cases involving unauthorised investments.