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Will has a busy practice in competition, consumer, data protection and privacy (ranked as a ‘rising star’ by Legal 500), environmental, EU relations, human rights, information, procurement, public and regulatory law.
Recent highlights include: novel human rights challenges (Richards v Environment Agency; Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People v DWP), complex commercial and regulatory public law proceedings (Fourth National Lottery Licence litigation; RIIO-2 price control appeals; VIP v Home Secretary), unled freedom of information appeals (Sheppard v Information Commissioner & Cabinet Office; Airwars v MoD), data protection claims and enforcement action (ICO’s investigation into the Department for Education; X v Transcription Agency and Master James), advising on areas of digital regulation (including the Online Safety Bill, the Digital Markets Unit legislation and the security of the UK’s telecoms networks), and high-profile competition law disputes (Epic Games v Google; Gutmann v Apple; Sportradar v Football DataCo and BetGenius).
In August 2022, Will was appointed to the Attorney General’s C Panel.
From April to November 2020, Will was seconded part-time at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, where he advised on a range of issues concerning media enterprises, online platforms, and emerging technologies.
In early 2020 Will spent 3 months in the Administrative Court as a full-time Judicial Assistant. In this capacity he assisted Supperstone J (Judge in Charge) and other High Court judges with a wide range of public law matters.
Will is regularly instructed in a range of public law proceedings, including complex human rights claims, policy challenges, commercial and regulatory public law claims, and cases with a national security dimension.
Current and recent cases include:
Recent advisory work includes:
As a full-time Judicial Assistant in the Administrative Court from January to April 2020, Will assisted Supperstone J (Judge in Charge) and other High Court judges on various substantive and procedural matters. The cases he worked on included: Pwr and others v DPP  EWHC 798 (Admin) (interpretation of s. 13(1) of the Terrorism Act 2000 and compatibility with Article 10 ECHR); R (Banks) v SoS for BEIS (renewable energy state aid challenge); R (X School) v Ofsted  EWCA Civ 594 (injunctive relief to prevent publication of an OFSTED report); AR v SSWP  UKUT 165 (AAC) (interpretative obligation under section 3 Human Rights Act in a social welfare context); R (Morris) v Parole Board  EWHC 711 (Admin) (status of unproven allegations of criminal conduct in Parole Board proceedings); Gladman v SoS for HCLG & Anor  EWHC 518 (Admin) (‘tilted balance’ in the National Planning Policy Framework); and a number of extradition appeals, including Mallya v Government of India  EWHC 924 (Admin).
Will is regularly instructed by commercial clients, regulators, and other public bodies in a wide range of contexts, including standalone, follow-on and class action competition law claims, regulatory appeals, regulatory enforcement and investigations, mergers, public law cases with an economic angle, and in an advisory capacity.
Current instructions include:
Previous competition law, mergers and economic regulation experience includes:
Will is the co-author (with Brendan McGurk and Antonia Fitzpatrick) of the competition law chapter of the most recent edition of the ‘Blockchain Legal & Regulatory Guidance’ produced by Tech London Advocates and the Law Society.
Will is ranked a ‘rising star’ for Data Protection by the Legal 500. He is regularly instructed in contentious and advisory matters concerning the GDPR, Data Protection Act, PECR, ECHR Article 8, Freedom of Information Act and Environmental Information Regulations.
Data Protection and privacy
Will regularly acts for NGOs, regulators, central government and private clients on data protection matters in the context of private claims, investigations, regulatory enforcement and judicial reviews, as well as in an advisory capacity.
Litigation and enforcement experience includes:
Advisory experience includes:
Will recently wrote (with Laura John) on the Supreme Court’s Lloyd v Google judgment for the Journal of Mass Claims. See here.
Freedom of information
Will frequently appears for the Information Commissioner (often against KCs and leading juniors) in freedom of information appeals in front of the First-tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal.
Current cases include:
Previous cases include:
Will is the co-author of the Practical Law note on section 40 of the Freedom of Information Act (the personal data exemption).
Will acts for and advises individuals and NGOs in environmental matters.
Recent experience includes:
Will regularly advises NGOs and Central Government on a range of Retained EU law, EU Relations and international trade law issues, including accrued EU law rights, issues arising under the EU Withdrawal Acts, the Withdrawal Agreement, the Trade and Cooperation Agreement and other international agreements such as the CPTPP and WTO SPS Agreement. He has particular experience advising on international data transfers.
Will acts for WWF and 7 other environmental NGOs (with Kate Cooke and Anita Davies) in a complaint to the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee on the lack of public participation in the negotiation and ratification by the UK of Free Trade Agreements; and for the defendant in Pan United v Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, a challenge concerning the allocation of the Chinese garlic tariff rate quota (with George Peretz KC).
He is also a regular contributor to Monckton’s EU Relations Law Blog.
Will regularly acts for challengers and contracting authorities in cases before the TCC.
Will regularly acts for and against regulators in commercial judicial reviews and regulatory appeals. He has investigations, enforcement and advisory experience in a range of sectors. He has a particular interest in emerging areas of digital regulation and has advised on the Online Safety Bill, the regulation of crypto-assets, the ‘secure by design’ legislation, the security of the UK’s telecoms networks, and the Digital Markets Unit legislation.
Scholarships and prizes
Rising Star in Data Protection: “Will is really friendly, picks things up quickly and is very thorough in his work.” – Legal 500, 2023