Will has a broad commercial litigation and arbitration practice. He has experience both led and unled in a wide range of commercial matters, including banking and finance, sale of goods, private equity, shipping and international trade, energy, civil and commercial fraud, project finance, and competition. He has a particular interest in private international law and regularly accepts instructions in this area.
He regularly appears in the High Court (Commercial Court and Chancery Division) and frequently in arbitration, as well as offshore. He recently appeared unled for the successful claimants in Fisken v Carl  EWHC 1385 (Comm), the Ferrari 250 GTO trial which attracted global media attention. His appellate experience includes acting for the successful appellants in the Supreme Court, led by Steven Gee QC and Tom Whitehead, in The New Flamenco  UKSC 43.
Will read History and English Literature at Jesus College, Oxford, finishing with the second highest First in the university. After spending some time in the charity sector, he took the GDL at City Law School and the Bar Course at BPP Law School, ranking second in his year at BPP. He was awarded the top scholarship from the Middle Temple for both years of his legal training.
- Reported cases
- LA Micro Group (UK) Ltd v LA Micro Group Inc  EWHC 1405 (Ch) (jurisdiction challenge)
- Fisken v Carl  EWHC 1385 (Comm) (agency, parties to a contract, specific performance)
- Daimler v WWL  EWHC 525 (Comm) (split trials)
- Fisken v Carl  EWHC 3360 (Comm) (late amendments)
- Daimler v WWL  EWHC 3197 (Comm);  4 CMLR 15 (preliminary references to CJEU)
- Fulton v Globalia Business Travel, The New Flamenco  UKSC 43;  1 WLR 2581 (mitigation; damages; causation)
- Commercial litigation
Will has experience across a broad spectrum of commercial law. He is equally at home as sole counsel or as part of a team, and is well experienced in applications for interim relief, including Mareva relief.
Recent work includes:
- Sole counsel in HNW dispute concerning Russian individuals.
- Fisken v Carl  EWHC 1385 (Comm) – acting for successful claimants in one week unled Commercial Court trial against senior commercial silk concerning issues arising out of sale of world’s most expensive car, which attracted global media attention.
- LA Micro Group (UK) Ltd v LA Micro Group Inc  EWHC 1405 (Ch) – junior counsel to William Buck in jurisdiction challenge in the Chancery Division. Will remains instructed as the case proceeds to trial. The case concerns the contested ownership of a high-value computer hardware company.
- Funding Secure v Luxmore – junior counsel, led by William Buck, in Chancery Division proceedings concerning alleged fraudulent activity in the peer-to-peer lending sector.
- Sole counsel in Commercial Court proceedings concerning the merger of GP practices.
- Wilton (UK) Limited v Banks – junior counsel, led by Gregory Pipe, in multiple c. £40m proceedings (including derivative proceedings) arising out of an alleged joint-venture to acquire and exploit a golf course, listed for 10 week trial in 2021.
- Sole counsel in Commercial Court proceedings concerning alleged unpaid commission to fund managers.
- Quilter v Leonteq – Junior counsel, led by William Buck, on complex £20m+ multiparty Commercial Court (originally offshore in the Isle of Man) dispute concerning allegedly fraudulent sales of structured note investment products to a major insurance institution; as well as secret commissions as part of a complex and sophisticated international fraud.
- Kahlbetzer v David Aldridge – junior counsel, led by William Buck, on USD 1m fraud dispute in the Chancery Division concerning a remarkable set of facts involving a long- running love scam and a cyber-fraud against an Australian billionaire.
- Acting for an individual in c. €5m prospective claim for carried interest against a major private equity house: issues include leaver provisions in the relevant limited partnership and overlapping issues of employment law.
- Advising various individuals and entities in respect of prospective multiple derivative claims and multilayered s. 994 petitions in well-known marketing group.
- Advising on various issues arising out of a complex project finance arrangement concerning an energy plant in Egypt and non-payment by lenders, including prospective applications for urgent injunctive relief.
- Advising, as junior counsel to Elizabeth Blackburn QC, in multi-million dollar ship finance dispute in respect of the purchase of five vessels.
- Advising on a dispute arising out of the purported termination of contract for the sale of an aircraft.
- Advising on the effect of US sanctions on the transfer of property from a Dutch company with a US sister company to a Cuban entity.
- Assisting a city law firm with a s. 166 (FSMA) skilled person review in quantifying consequential losses arising from the mis-sale of interest rate hedging products.
- Will has also advised extensively on guarantee and indemnity contracts, as well as settlement agreements.
Will frequently appears in arbitration both led and unled.
Recent work includes:
- LCIA 2020 – acting, led by George Peretz QC in telecoms dispute
- LCIA 2020 – acting, led by Drew Holliner, in shareholder dispute
- GCA (Groceries Code Adjudicator) 2020 – acting as sole counsel in second ever arbitration under the Groceries Code Adjudicator rules, in respect of claim by the provider of foodstuffs against a major supermarket
- LCIA 2019 – acting in private equity dispute involving well-known investment bank and concerning non-payment of carried interest
- Ad hoc arbitration 2019 – acting, led by Vasanti Selvaratnam QC, in 10-day arbitration concerning allegedly fraudulent mis-sale of Iranian peteroleum products to Pakistan buyers
- LCIA 2016 – acting in dispute concerning the sale between oligarchs of a bank
Will also has a wealth of experience in applications to Court under the Arbitration Act 1996, including under s. 69.
- Shipping and international Trade
Recent work includes:
- Junior counsel to Steven Gee QC and Tom Whitehead for the successful appellants in the Supreme Court in The New Flamenco  UKSC 43, the latest Supreme Court decision on mitigation of loss. Will continues to act for the owners in consequential arbitration proceedings led by Elizabeth Blackburn QC.
- Junior counsel on c. USD 8m superyacht building dispute.
- Appearing as sole counsel in an application in the High Court concerning the scope of the House of Lord’s decision in The Rafaela S  UKHL 11.
- Appearing as sole counsel in admiralty dispute concerning the extension of the tort of wrongful arrest and/or duress of goods in respect of exorbitant security demands for the release of a vessel.
- Advising on the incorporation of charterparty jurisdiction clauses into bills of lading in the wake of The Channel Ranger  QB 366.
- Advising on various avenues for recovery of contributions paid in general average in an 8 figure unsafe port claim.
- Advising on the interplay between Himalaya Clauses and sub-bailment on terms in a complicated factual scenario involving multiple chaterparties and bills of lading; issues also included jurisdiction and choice of law.
- Application for preliminary issue in a six figure demurrage claim.
- Advising (led by Vasanti Selvaratnam QC) on the proper measure of damages and quantum in a seven figure breach of charter dispute.
Will has also drafed submissions in countless LMAA arbitration unled.
- Aviation, road & rail
Will has a great deal of experience representing the major airlines (including Easyjet and British Airways). In particular he is regularly instructed in matters arising under Regulation 261/2004.
- Jurisdiction & conflict of laws
Most cases Will has been involved in have an international element and give rise to questions concerning jurisdiction and conflicts of law. He has experience in anti-suit injunctions and has advised on issues of res judicata and issue estoppel, and now regularly advises in this area. He also has experience of enforcement in arbitration under the New York Convention.
Recent work includes:
- Quilter v Leonteq – jurisdiction challenge in the Isle of Man
- LA Micro Group (UK) Ltd v LA Micro Group Inc  EWHC 1405 (Ch) – jurisdiction challenge
- Advising on lis pendens provisions in multiparty proceedings
- Advising on the mechanism of enforcement in this jurisdiction of a Member State judgment against third state parties.
- Advising on the scope of protective measures under Art. 47 Brussels I and the procedure for obtaining such measures in the jurisdiction.
- Advising on the application and scope of choice of law and jurisdiction clauses in a complicated case involving sub-sub-bailment on terms.
- Competition / EU
- Junior counsel, led by Josh Holmes QC, in Daimler AG v Walleniusrederierna Aktiebolag (RoRo Cartel) and associated matters, including  EWHC 3197 (successful application for a preliminary reference to the CJEU); and Daimler v WWL  EWHC 525 (Comm) (split trials).
- Additional information
BA (Hons) History and English Literature, Jesus College, Oxford, First Class (second in year)
GDL, City Law School, Commendation
BPTC, BPP Law School, Outstanding (second in year)
Scholarships and Prizes
- Queen Mother Scholarship, Middle Temple (the Inn’s top scholarship; awarded for both GDL and BPTC years) (2012-2014)
- Baron Dr Ver Heyden de Lancey Prize, Middle Temple (for best performing Middle Temple student on the BPTC) (2014)
- Certificate of Honour, Middle Temple (2014) (for outstanding performance on the BPTC)
- Hong Kong Scholarship, Middle Temple (2014) (to support three weeks in Hong Kong spent as a judicial assistant and in Des Voeux Chambers)
- Top mark on International Trade Module, BPP Law School (2014)
- Excellence Award, BPP Law School (2014)
- Viscount Sankey Scholarship, Jesus College, University of Oxford (2012-14)
- College Prize for Achievement in Finals, Jesus College, University of Oxford (2011)
- Other experience and interests
In 2011-12, prior to coming to the Bar, Will worked for a children’s arts education charity, the Shakespeare Schools Festival (now Shakespeare Schools Foundation), as a Development Coordinator. He was responsible for corporate sponsorship and trust fundraising for this c. £1.5m charitable organisation. He retains an interest in education and theatre and is a member of the Middle Temple Revels. He also enjoys distance running.
- What the directories say
Commercial Dispute Resolution :“A master of detail in a case.” “William Hooper is a pleasure to work with and is perceptive when it comes to the strength and weaknesses of arguments.” – Chambers UK, 2021
- Hooper, “Breach, Benefit, and the Lost Cause” (2016) LQR 132, 547-552
- Whitehead and Hooper, “Failure of businessman to recognise his company’s distinct legal personality”, (2017) JIBFL May, 317
- Reported cases