William Boddy is a risk management and litigation strategist for global corporations and financial institutions. He represents clients in international arbitrations and before UK courts in complex multijurisdictional cases.
William's cases often involve allegations of fraud and applications for urgent injunctive relief, including freezing orders. His experience covers a range of industries, including technology, telecommunications, banking and oil and gas, in respect of which he has acted for both corporate and private clients.
Alongside his litigation practice, William advises on a variety of general commercial and compliance matters, including professional negligence, contractual obligations and directors' duties, often in the context of insolvency. He also advises as to compliance with domestic and European Union regulations, and in particular anticorruption laws such as the Bribery Act 2010.
Successful representation of a British Virgin Islands company in a U.S. $33 million arbitration before the Netherlands Arbitration Institute (NAI) in respect of a cement plant development in Kazakhstan, involving fraudulent conduct by an agent, including appearing as advocate at evidentiary hearings in Amsterdam and Paris respectively.
Appearing as sole advocate in arbitral proceedings addressing whether in all the circumstances a member organisation of a global sport governing body could lawfully be expelled for breach of the terms of its membership or whether doing so would amount to treating the member in an unfairly prejudicial manner.
Acting for the purchaser of a group of companies in a GB £4 million breach of warranty claim against the sellers in relation to alleged undisclosed tax liabilities ( TEOCO UK Limited v Aircom Jersey 4 & Anor,  EWHC (Ch) unreported).
Representation of a global manufacturing company in relation to potential foreign bribery offences and liaising with governmental authorities.
Instruction by third parties companies that own a U.S. $300 million plus asset in Russia and have been affected by the freezing and receivership orders granted in relation to the High Court fraud case bought by JSC BTA Bank against Mukhtar Ablyazov ( JSC BTA Bank v. Mukhtar Ablyazov & Ors  EWHC 1869 (Comm);  EWCA Civ 602;  EWHC (Ch) unreported). The case raised important issues as to the extent of the Masri / Chabra jurisdiction for extending freezing orders to third parties.
Instruction by the General Director of a Russian company in a corporate governance dispute before the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA).
Representation of a company incorporated in the British Virgin Islands in a U.S. $200 million Commercial Court commission claim against a Nigerian company in relation to a Nigerian offshore oil field, including obtaining a freezing order and interim injunction ( Energy Venture Partners v Malabu Oil and Gas  EWHC 2118 (Comm),  EWHC 2215 (Comm);  EWCA Civ 995;  EWHC 2118 (Comm);  EWHC 663 (Comm)).
Acting for a tenant steel manufacturer in a dispute with its landlord as to whether a multi-million pound steel manufacturing plant was sufficiently affixed to the realty to belong to the landlord or whether it remained a tenant’s fixture ( Peel Land and Property (Ports No 3) Ltd v TS Sheerness Steel Limited  EWHC 1658 (Ch);  EWHC 2689 (Ch);  EWCA Civ 100).
Instruction by individual claimants in a complex jurisdiction dispute in the Commercial Court and Court of Appeal in relation to U.S. $400 million claims in contract, quantum meruit, conspiracy and constructive trust in respect of a disputed shareholding in an Afghan telecommunications company (Cecil and others v Bayat and others  EWHC 641 (Comm);  EWCA Civ 523).
Representation of a property development company incorporated in the Isle of Man in Chancery Division proceedings against sales agents, who sold fractional shares in a country club development, for wrongful retention of in excess of GB £1 million, including obtaining an interim injunction.
Defence of a group of companies incorporated in the British Virgin Islands and Turks and Caicos Islands in U.S. $75 million interpleader proceedings in the Commercial Court concerning whether the Courts of England and Wales should recognize a receivership order made by a U.S. Court, and whether there was a sufficient connection to the U.S ( EWHC (Comm) unreported).
Defence of an insolvent Dutch technology company in summary judgment proceedings in the Chancery Division in which the claimant sought specific performance of a debenture and an option agreement ( Ford v Polymer Vision  EWHC 945 (Ch)).
Recipient, Bedingfield Scholarship, Gray’s Inn, 2006
Winner of De Smith mooting competition, University of Cambridge, 2004
Member, Law Society of England and Wales
Member, Bar of England and Wales
Member, Gray's Inn
London Partner William Boddy Authors Column on Limitations of UK Modern Slavery Law
November 16, 2018
New Partner William Boddy Promoted in Litigation Practice of McGuireWoods London
January 9, 2018