William Cecil


William Cecil is head of the dispute resolution team in London. He 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 (Third 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 2018: England and Wales.

William is a recommended lawyer in the international arbitration and shipping sections of the 2019 UK edition of The Legal 500, Legalease, the international directory of law firms. Legal 500 reports that he is "calm and experienced."

Chambers UK, Chambers and Partners, 2019 ranks William as a notable practitioner and he was commended for being an “experienced shipping lawyer who routinely acts for clients in litigation and arbitration . . .[and] in the negotiation and drafting of offshore contracts.”


Legal 500 2018

Haynes and Boone CDG Improves Rankings in Legal 500 UK 2019

Haynes and Boone CDG was again recognized in the 2019 United Kingdom edition of The Legal 500, published by Legalease. The firm improved its rankings in Oil and Gas and Shipping and also was ranked among recommended law firms in International Arbitration.
Shipbuilding 2019

Getting The Deal Through – Shipbuilding 2019: England and Wales

Getting the Deal Through – Shipbuilding is part of the series of Getting the Deal Through law guides published by Law Business Research that provide an overview of specialist areas of the law in a variety of international jurisdictions. This chapter on shipbuilding contracts governed by the law of England and Wales is written by Haynes and Boone lawyers William Cecil and Fiona Cain. 


Chambers UK 2019

Haynes and Boone CDG Featured in Chambers UK Guide 2019

Haynes and Boone CDG has again been ranked in the Chambers UK legal directory, published by Chambers and Partners. The 2019 guide ranked the firm highly in the Shipping, UK-wide category for its skills in the shipbuilding and offshore energy sectors.
Shipping | Haynes and Boone, LLP

New ‘Law of Shipbuilding Contracts, 5th Edition’ To Be Published 2019

Haynes and Boone CDG is pleased to announce that the fifth edition of “The Law of Shipbuilding Contracts”, the only current English law textbook specifically concerning shipbuilding, will be published in December 2019. The book is a long established guide (the first edition was published in 1991) which is used by shipping industry participants and their commercial and legal advisers worldwide. The new edition will update and expand the current fourth edition, which was published in 2012.

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