William Cecil


William Cecil has extensive experience in litigation and arbitration matters for clients in the shipping, offshore oil and gas and energy industries. He has been involved in a series of heavyweight international arbitrations. In particular, he has been the lead partner on the following matters: an ICC arbitration based in Geneva relating to a power and desalination construction project in the Middle East; an SCMA arbitration based in Singapore relating to a dispute arising out of the upgrade of a semi-submersible drilling rig; two LMAA arbitrations based in London relating to delay and cost overruns arising out of the construction of two semi-submersible rigs in Korea; an LMAA arbitration based in London; and associated High Court proceedings relating to the construction of two semi-submersible drilling rigs.

Alongside his litigation and arbitration practice, William also assists clients in the drafting and negotiation of various forms of offshore contracts. He has written extensively on marine and offshore construction topics for publications such as Lloyds List, Harts E & P, Petroleum Review and European Oil and Gas, and has lectured on managing litigation risk in high-value marine construction projects. Will is a co-author of a chapter on Offshore Vessel Construction Disputes within Global Arbitration Review’s Guide to Energy Arbitrations (Second Edition). He is also a co-author of the chapter on shipbuilding contracts governed by the law of England and Wales in Getting The Deal Through- Shipbuilding 2017: England and Wales.

William is a recommended lawyer in the Transport (Shipping) section of the 2016 UK edition of The Legal 500, Legalease.

Chambers UK, Chambers and Partners, 2017 ranks William as a notable practitioner, saying "William Cecil has a wealth of experience advising on arbitration and litigation for shipping and offshore energy clients," with one client remarking that he is "very hard-working and good to work with."


Construction: How to Save a Contract

There were a number of news reports late last year indicating that shipyards, including the major Korean shipyards, had entered into agreements with buyers to delay delivery of offshore units and related vessels. Agreements by which the delivery date of a unit is postponed by mutual agreement are known as extension agreements.

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