William J. Boddy

Associate - Solicitor Advocate

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Practices
Industries
International
Education
  • BPP University College Law School, BVC, 2006
  • University of Cambridge, Magdalene College, LLM, 2005
  • University of Cambridge, Magdalene College, MA, 2004
Admissions
  • Solicitor, England and Wales
  • Solicitor Advocate Civil, England & Wales
Affiliations

Member, Law Society of England and Wales

Member, Bar of England and Wales

Member, Gray's Inn

Languages
  • French

William is a solicitor advocate whose practice focuses primarily on cross-border commercial litigation, shareholder disputes and insolvency litigation. 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.

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William J Boddy
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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, [2016] EWHC (Ch) unreported).

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.

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 [2013] EWHC 1869 (Comm); [2014] EWCA Civ 602; [2015] 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 [2013] EWHC 2118 (Comm), [2011] EWHC 2215 (Comm); [2012] EWCA Civ 995; [2013] EWHC 2118 (Comm); [2014] 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 [2013] EWHC 1658 (Ch); [2013] EWHC 2689 (Ch); [2014] 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 [2010] EWHC 641 (Comm); [2011] 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 ([2009] 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 [2009] EWHC 945 (Ch)).

Recipient, Bedingfield Scholarship, Gray’s Inn, 2006

Winner of De Smith mooting competition, University of Cambridge, 2004

Speaker, "Brexit Update," 8th Annual Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Conference, November 10, 2016
Speaker, "The UK Bribery Act and What U.S. Companies Need to Know About it," FX Conferences Audio Conference, May 17, 2011