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. He also conducts internal corporate investigations and represents clients in high stakes regulatory investigations and proceedings. His experience covers a range of industries, including technology, life sciences, banking and energy, 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, data privacy and security, contractual obligations and directors’ duties, often in the context of insolvency. He also advises as to compliance with domestic and European Union regulations, including the GDPR and anticorruption laws such as the Bribery Act 2010.
William serves as General Counsel and Compliance Officer for Legal Practice (COLP) of McGuireWoods London.
- Representing a group of shareholders in a 30 million Euro dispute alleging breaches of fiduciary duty and fraudulent conspiracy in connection with the unlawful dilution of the shareholders’ minority interest in the overseas holding structure of a UK financial services company.
- Defending a pharma company against a substantial cross border profit share claim brought by a third party in relation to the supply of coronavirus testing kits during the pandemic, including securing the dismissal of proceedings in California.
- Acting in complex and high value cross border tort claims. Recent examples include defending a claim against transportation company in relation to catastrophic brain injuries suffered in a road traffic accident, and bringing a jurisdictional challenge on behalf of an education provider facing litigation arising from an alleged workplace injury.
- Representing a pharma company in a substantial multi-jurisdictional contractual dispute regarding a cancelled order of a pharmaceutical product as a result of alleged fraud by a downstream supplier.
- Acting for a substantial aviation client in relation to conflict of laws issues arising in relation to various US and UK proceedings.
- Advising two investment vehicles in relation to the enforcement of a complex security package over shares in companies incorporated across a number of jurisdictions.
- Representing a UK technology company and its US parent in relation to an investigation and subsequent self-report to the Serious Fraud Office in relation to improper payments made through agents to secure contracts in China, Korea and India. Successfully secured the second Deferred Prosecution Agreement to be approved in the UK. The DPA is the only one to date that has been granted to an SME, and included a substantial discount to reflect the company’s decision to self-report, ongoing cooperation with the SFO, and its ability to pay.
- 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.
- 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;  EWCA Civ 23).
- 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.
- Instruction by third parties companies that own a U.S. $300 million plus asset in Russia and had 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.
- Acting for a technology company in a claim against a former employee and a former agent for misuse of its intellectual property and trade secrets, including obtaining injunctive relief and ultimately an order that the agent was in contempt of court.
- 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).
- Defense of Bestnet Europe Limited against an allegation that its directors misused confidential information belonging to the claimant relating to the manufacture of long lasting mosquito nets with insecticide incorporated into the plastic. Coordinating related proceedings in four other jurisdictions. Despite a finding of misuse, the imposition of an injunction on Bestnet’s then current product was effectively resisted and the case is recognised as a leading authority on trade secrets matters. (Vestergaard Frandsen v Bestnet Europe  EWHC 1456 (CH);  EWCA Civ 424).
- 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 (Robb Evans v Lakeshore & Others  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)).
- Anti-Bribery & Anti-Corruption (FCPA)
- Commercial Litigation
- Derivatives & Structured Products
- Digital Health, Technology and Innovation
- Financial Services Litigation
- Intellectual Property
- International Dispute Resolution & Arbitration
- Restructuring & Insolvency
- Shareholder & Directors & Officers Litigation
- Solicitor England and Wales
- Solicitor Advocate Civil England and Wales
Recommended Lawyer, The Legal 500 UK, 2020-2023
“William Boddy has substantial experience in acting in complex, fraud-related multi-jurisdictional disputes.” The Legal 500, Commercial Litigation, 2023
Named a “Power Player,” Distinguished Advisers for Complex Disputes, Financier Worldwide, 2021
“William Boddy is noted for complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes that often involve fraud allegations.” The Legal 500, Commercial Litigation, 2021
- Speaker, "Obtaining Discovery Abroad", American Bar Association, Webinar, June 29, 2021
- Presenter, Seminal LGBTQ+ Legal Cases: U.S. & UK, Webinar, June 24, 2020
- 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
- BPP University College Law SchoolBVC2006
University of CambridgeLLM
University of CambridgeMA
Member, International Bar Association
Member, Law Society of England and Wales
Member, Bar of England and Wales
- Author, The Rising Cost of Not Litigating, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, February 22, 2022
- Contributor, Part 1: Cybersecurity, Global Investigations Review's The Practitioner’s Guide to Global Investigations: Sixth Edition, 2022
- Co-author, "What Lies Ahead? Energy and Climate Change", Meet McGuireWoods London, June 30, 2021
- Co-author, "What Lies Ahead? Government Investigations", Meet McGuireWoods London, June 9, 2021
- Author, "Legal Professional Privilege – An Overview of Cross-Border Issues", Corporate Disputes, Jul-Sep 2021
- Co-author, "What Lies Ahead? International Dispute Resolution", Meet McGuireWoods London, May 12, 2021
- Contributor, Chapter 41: Cybersecurity, Global Investigations Review's The Practitioner’s Guide to Global Investigations: Fifth Edition, 2021
- Author, UK Ruling a “Significant Step” Toward Certainty for COVID-19 Business Interruption Claims, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, September 21, 2020
- Author, Subject Access Requests and Cross-Border Privilege: Tips for In-House Counsel, Password Protected, August 18, 2020
- Author, Changes to UK Insolvency Law to Mitigate the Economic Impact of COVID-19, McGuireWoods Legal Alert, April 3, 2020