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Leigh Williams

Leigh Williams is a commercial dispute resolution lawyer who deals in all aspects of marine and non-marine insurance and reinsurance.

Leigh's expertise covers onshore and offshore energy, power and heavy industrial insurance risks, both coverage and defence. Leigh qualified as a barrister and practised for five years at commercial set 7 King's Bench Walk. His marine disputes-related experience includes charterparty, carriage of goods, sale of goods and ship sale disputes.

In the non-insurance context, Leigh has assisted clients with ultra-high value disputes concerning company M&A, shareholder interests, joint ventures, bonds, directors' duties and financial regulation both in court (domestically and abroad) and in international arbitration.

Leigh was called to the Bar in 1996. He was admitted as a Solicitor in 2007.

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Ranked – Chambers UK 2022

"Leigh Williams demonstrates considerable skill in marine and offshore energy insurance disputes. He can also advise on reinsurance matters. Leigh is a very knowledgeable lawyer." - Chambers UK 2022

Recommended - The Legal 500 UK 2022

Leigh Williams demonstrates considerable prowess in marine and offshore energy insurance disputes. He can also advise on reinsurance matters. - Chambers UK 2021

"Leigh is a really excellent player in the market." - Chambers UK 2021

"I’ve worked with Leigh Williams for many years. He’s a fighter when fighting is necessary and not averse to a 'healthy discussion' with instructing principals. One of his better qualities though is that he is secure enough in himself to let the associates do the talking." - The Legal 500 UK 2021

Recommended - The Legal 500 UK 2021

Relevant work

Kuwait Airways Corp & The Minister of Finance of the State of Kuwait v Kuwait Insurance Company et ors [2000] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 252.  Successful US$150m claim pertaining to loss of aircraft spares which were taken by the Iraqis during the invasion of Kuwait in August 1990. Acted as Junior Counsel.

MAN Nutzfahrzeuge AG v (1) Freightliner LLC and (2) Ernst & Young [2005] EWHC 2347. Successful US$600m claim by German truck manufacturer, MAN, against Freightliner Ltd (US commercial vehicle subsidiary of DaimlerChrysler) in connection with sale/purchase of English truck manufacturer, ERF.

Elektrim v Vivendi Holdings 1 Corp [2009] 1 Lloyd's Rep 59-Law Debenture Trust Corporation plc v Elektrim [2010] EWCA Civ 1142. Successful defence of  €750m claim under bond instruments issued by Polish conglomerate.

Nestor Maritime SA v Sea Anchor Shipping Co Ltd [2012] 2 Lloyd's Rep. 144. Successful claim in relation to sale/purchase of defective Panamax oil tanker purchased by Greek bunkers operator following fraudulent misrepresentation about vessel's condition. Defeated s.68 arbitration award challenge. Acted as Junior Counsel.

Advising H&Munderwriters of US$1.2bn FPSO offshore Ghana in respect of claim for turret bearing failure in March 2016.

SBM Yme MOPUstor – acting for CAR insurers in English Commercial Court proceedings in respect of defence of US$1.3 bn constructive total loss claim for production platform abandoned offshore Norway.