William England

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Recommended as a Leading Junior in Crime and as a “leader in his field” in Chambers and Partners directory since 2003. Also recommended as a Leading Junior in the Legal 500.

William England is a specialist advocate with extensive experience in the criminal courts, public inquiries, regulatory work and subsequent appeals at the Court of Appeal. He has recently advised on private prosecutions in the financial sector and the FCA on insider trading, market abuse and legal professional privilege.  He was leading Counsel representing a core participant in the Baha Mousa Public Inquiry, chaired by Sir William Gage – an inquiry of national importance into the death of an Iraqi whilst in custody during Operation Telic.

In matters of health and safety and corporate crime, he specialises in defence of serious offences including, gross negligence manslaughter, corporate manslaughter, bribery and Blackmail. He has recently acted as leading counsel in the successful defence of the prosecution of senior members of the Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service for gross negligence manslaughter. He is presently instructed in relation to a large corporate blackmail case in the financial sector and numerous allegations of fraud. He is also a consultant at Prospect Law, advising corporate and individual clients on investigations into market abuse, serious fraud, money laundering and bribery and corruption, including restraint orders and asset recovery.

In general crime, matters include “gangland” offences, large-scale drugs importation, and cases brought by the Serious and Organised Crime Agency.

He is known for his attention to detail, and his ability to assimilate complex material rapidly.

His military expertise is well documented, he is one of the country’s leading specialist’s in military law, having been the only counsel to appear in all of the Iraqi abuse cases since 2003, including Operation Breadbasket (Britain’s Abu Ghraib) the war crimes trial involving Baha Mousa, and the Parachute regiment roadside killing at Alamarah.

He is a member of the CBA, FSLA, ARDL, AMCA and the CLBM, and has an LLM from University College London.