William Cecil

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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; two LMAA arbitrations based in London relating to delay and cost overruns arising out of the construction of two semi-submersible rigs in South Korea; an LMAA arbitration based in London and associated High Court proceedings relating to the construction of two semi-submersible drilling rigs in China; an LMAA arbitration relating to the termination of a construction contract for a drilling rig in South Korea; two connected arbitrations relating to the construction and operation of a drillship.

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 2020: England and Wales.

William is the co-author of the fifth edition of the Law of Shipbuilding Contracts, published May 2020 (Informa Law from Routledge). The other co-authors of this edition are Simon Curtis and Ian Gaunt, the President of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (2017-2020).

William is a recommended lawyer in the international arbitration, oil and gas and shipping sections of the 2020 UK edition of The Legal 500, Legalease, the international directory of law firms. Legal 500 reports that "Will Cecil ... is particularly notable."

Chambers UK, Chambers and Partners, 2020 ranks William in the Shipping section UK-Wide as a notable practitioner, who comment “the very knowledgeable" William Cecil assists clients with litigation and arbitration, including disputes related to shipbuilding contracts. He is experienced in oil and gas-related mandates.”

Previously Chambers UK, have noted that he is an “experienced shipping lawyer who routinely acts for clients in litigation and arbitration . . .[and] in the negotiation and drafting of offshore contracts.”

Selected Client Representations

  • Acted for a drilling contractor in High Court proceedings relating to a dispute concerning a shareholder’s agreement for the operation of drilling rigs in the Middle East.
  • Acted for a drilling contractor in two arbitrations relating to the cancellation of a long-term drilling contract for a drillship. One arbitration was between the drilling contractor and its client. The second arbitration was between the drilling contractor and the shipyard that constructed the drillship.
  • Acted for the buyer in an LMAA arbitration relating to the termination of a construction contract for a semi-submersible drilling rig in the Far East.
  • Acted for a Far Eastern shipyard in an arbitration and related court proceedings in connection with claims arising out of contracts for the construction of two semi-submersible drilling rigs: CIMC Raffles Offshore (Singapore) Ltd v Schahin Holding SA [2012] EWHC 1758 (Comm); CIMC Raffles Offshore (Singapore) Ltd v Schahin Holding SA [2013] EWCA Civ 644); CIMC Raffles Offshore (Singapore) Pte Ltd, Yantai CIMC Raffles Offshore Ltd v Schahin Holding SA, Salim Taufic Schahin, Fernando Schahin [2014] EWHC 1742 (Comm).

Recognition

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

Getting The Deal Through – Shipbuilding 2020: 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, Fiona Cain and Chrysa Kitsou.

Chambers

Chambers UK 2020

Haynes and Boone CDG Featured in Chambers UK Guide 2020

Haynes and Boone CDG has again been ranked in the Chambers UK legal directory, published by Chambers and Partners. The 2020 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’

Haynes and Boone CDG is pleased to announce that the fifth edition of “The Law of Shipbuilding Contracts”, (first published in 1991) has now been published. Simon Curtis, the sole author of the previous four editions, is joined as authors of this latest edition by Haynes and Boone partner William Cecil and by Ian Gaunt, president of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association 2017-2020.

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