William England

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William England is recommended as a Leading Junior in Crime and as a “leader in his field” in Chambers and Partners directory 2019, he is also recommended as a leading individual in the Legal 500 2019.

William practices exclusively for the defence in all major crime. He has extensive experience in financial and regulatory offences and serious organised crime, including terrorism cases. He has appeared in a number of high profile cases and public inquiries, and regularly appears in regulatory and disciplinary cases covering all aspects of business related crime and enforcement. He has recently advised on private prosecutions in the financial sector and the Financial Conduct Authority.

In general crime, matters include “gangland” offences, large-scale drugs importation, and cases brought by the Serious and Organised Crime Agency. His recent cases include being lead counsel in Operation Wildwood (£20 million drugs case). Operation Waterfront (A multi kilo importation). Operation Elunjai (Attempted murder and firearms) and Operation Sacae and Operation Harplike, (Terrorist cases involving far right groups).

In matters of a health and safety and corporate crime, he specialises in defending cases alleging gross negligence manslaughter, corporate manslaughter, bribery, corruption and blackmail. He acted as lead counsel in the successful defence of the prosecution of senior members of the Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service for gross negligence manslaughter.

He was lead 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.

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

Outside chambers he is a consultant at Prospect Law, advising corporate and individual clients on investigations into market abuse, bribery and corruption, and restraint orders and all aspects of asset recovery.

His previous military expertise is well documented 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, POCLA, AMCA and the CLBM; he has an LLM from University College London.