William Hopkin

William Hopkin

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The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law FirmsRecognised in the Legal 500

The Legal 500 2017 - ‘Extremely able at assimilating complex information quickly.’

The Legal 500 2016 - ‘He has an ability to disarm the most aggressive opponents with his frank, considered and calm approach.’

The ‘Legal 500’ 2015 recommends William as a Leading Junior for Commercial, Banking and Insolvency - ‘He provides clear, forthright and sensible advice’

Click on the accompanying links to view William’s specialist profiles.

Commercial Barrister

Litigation

• Shareholder, boardroom and partnership disputes
• Trading and contractual claims
• Litigation arising from the sale of businesses
• Insolvency
• Associated professional negligence, charity and property matters

Advisory

• Commercial agreements
• Standard terms and conditions
• Shareholder agreements
• Advice across a broad range of commercial matters

Charity & Social enterprise

• Creation and modernisation of charities and community enterprises
• Joint venture, partnership and service agreements
• Innovative legal arrangements for programme delivery
• Trading structures
• Commercial advice to charities and social enterprise

Commercial

William is one of the Western Circuit’s leading barristers in commercial work, combining technical expertise with business sense.

As well as conducting contentious work, William advises in relation to company and commercial arrangements, often as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

He is recommended in the ‘Legal 500’ at Tier 1 as a leading individual in respect of commercial, banking and insolvency.

William is an active member of Combar, including recently returning from an investigative tour of India.

COMMERCIAL PRACTICE AREAS

William’s expertise covers:

  • All aspects of serious commercial litigation
  • Advice in relation to company and commercial arrangements, particularly at sector boundaries
  • Drafting complex agreements
  • Company, partnership and insolvency matters
  • Construction disputes
  • Charity and social enterprise*
  • Related property and professional negligence matters

* Please request William’s specialist profile in this area

SIGNIFICANT RECENT CASES

The following are examples of cases in which William has recently been instructed.

KLL v NT

  • Multi-million pound dispute in relation to the alleged systematic mis-selling of property interests
  • Regulatory involvement
  • Settled favourably pre-proceedings

GFH v EE et al

  • Multi-million pound Dubai fraud in the Commercial Court
  • International asset recovery proceedings
  • Freezing injunction
  • Pursuit of substantial property assets
  • Ongoing

VLG v CW & AG

  • Alleged fraudulent sale of controlling interest in solicitors firm
  • Rescission and breach of warranty
  • Ongoing

P Ltd v MG Ltd

  • Trading dispute in relation to international biomass supply
  • Expert issues in relation to European standards and supply chain processes
  • Settled favourably at mediation mid-proceedings

M v B: Re B

  • Unfair prejudice petition
  • Rapidly growing and well-known technology sector business
  • Settled in client’s favour mid-proceedings

Re PS 

  • Advising, as part of an international cross-disciplinary team, on the corporate and commercial arrangements for an international development scheme

PR v AC

  • Tender to re-construct educational buildings
  • Dispute as to the resulting terms and arrangements
  • Dispute between contractors as to technical compliance and payment arrangements
  • Matter settled favourably at a negotiation pre-proceedings

‘H Partnership’

  • Partnership dispute in relation to a design and build contract in relation to an ‘Eco homes’ development
  • Complex issues in relation to compliance with design specification
  • Multiple expert involvement

Re RCC

  • Advice on the correct treatment of substantial historic withdrawals by a director and shareholder
  • Consideration of the need for an application to rectify the register

Re O & T

  • Dispute in relation to a re-development scheme
  • Liability of directors for breach of duty in respect of contact for payments for securing property and development rights

Re GDC 

  • Series of commercial and insolvency proceedings arising out of UK government’s ECO programme

‘P Partnership’

  • Advice on re-structuring consequent on one of London’s largest re-development projects

Re S Solicitors

  • Acted for the departing partner of a solicitors firm in High Court proceedings
  • Drafted broad-ranging severance agreement

V & Another v OF

  • Insolvency proceedings with regards to the financing of a multi-million pound development in West London

Re H & B

  • Partnership dispute in relation to property interests
  • Dispute as to liability in relation to secured lending

Property & Chancery

Approximately 25% of William’s litigation work relates to disputes specifically involving construction projects.  He has developed a strong practice in this area by combining technical expertise with commercial sense.

Supplementing and enhancing his construction law work, William is a leading commercial practitioner on the Western Circuit. He is recommended in the ‘Legal 500’ in respect of commercial, banking and insolvency.

William’s construction expertise includes resolving issues in relation to:

  • Technical specifications
  • The design and build process
  • Tendering requirements
  • Expert surveying and engineering involvement
  • Multi-party involvement
  • Regulatory and contractual frameworks

Significant recent cases 

The following are examples of cases William has been instructed in recently.

BPSM Ltd v RMT Ltd

  • Construction adjudication
  • Claim in relation to project management and surveying deficiencies
  • Matter settled in favour of client mid-adjudication

PR Ltd v AC Ltd

  • Tender to re-construct educational buildings across Somerset
  • Dispute as to the resulting terms and arrangements
  • Dispute between contractors as to technical compliance and payment arrangements
  • Matter settled in favour of my client at a negotiation meeting

EML Ltd v Q

  • Proceedings concerning compliance with design specifications in luxury residential development in Devon
  • Expert evidence in relation to the design, fitting and capabilities of the heating system
  • Interpretation of the key contractual terms
  • Judgment and costs for the client at trial

‘H Partnership’

  • Dispute in relation to a design and build contract in relation to an ‘Eco homes’ development in Cornwall
  • Complex issues in relation to compliance with design specification
  • Multiple expert involvement
  • Ongoing

Re O & T

  • Dispute in relation to the re-development of one of the region’s iconic hotels
  • Contact for payments for securing property and development rights
  • Directors liability issues
  • Ongoing

RD v PC Ltd

  • Dispute in relation to compliance with building regulations
  • Expert engineering evidence in relation to the construction and safety of pillars
  • Statements of case in preparation

ST v EDDC

  • Matter concerning the build of a major transport terminal in East Devon
  • The issues relate to design specifications, local authority requirements and competition law
  • The case is likely to be settled in the next month

PB v PS

  • Dispute relating to the construction of a roof on an historic waterfront building in Cornwall
  • Technical issues with regards to materials, load bearing and safety
  • Proceedings concluded by settlement

Re GDC 

  • Series of proceedings in relation to the installation of green energy measures by companies across UK
  • Compliance with regulatory specifications in a changing environment
  • Effectively managed the continuance of the client’s business

‘P Partnership’

  • Company re-organisation consequent on one of London’s largest re-development projects

Re P & Others

  • Multi-party dispute in relation to the costs and liability for refurbishment in a property converted to luxury flats in Devon

Re LD

  • Multi-party contractual arrangements to comply with the tendering requirements in relation to local authority service provision

B v M

  • Partnership dispute in relation to the purchase and development of a public house and associated property

V & Another v OF Ltd

  • Proceedings with regards to the financing of a multi-million pound development in West London

Company, Partnership & Insolvency

William is one of the region’s leading barristers in company and partnership work, combining technical expertise with commercial sense.

As well as contentious business, William advises in relation to transactions and corporate arrangements, often as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Supplementing and enhancing his company law work, William is a prominent commercial practitioner on the Western Circuit. He is recommended in the ‘Legal 500’ in respect of commercial, banking and insolvency.

Significant recent cases 

The following are examples of cases William has been instructed in recently.

M v B: Re B Ltd

  • Unfair prejudice petition
  • Rapidly growing and well-known technology sector business

Re AFS Ltd

  • Advice in relation to share valuation
  • One of Cornwall’s nationally significant businesses

GFH v EE et al

  • Multi-million pound Dubai fraud in the Commercial Court
  • International asset recovery proceedings
  • Freezing injunction

VLG v CW & AG

  • Alleged fraudulent sale of controlling interest in solicitors firm
  • Rescission and breach of warranty
  • Ongoing

‘H Partnership’

  • Partnership dispute in relation to a design and build contract in relation to an ‘Eco homes’ development in Cornwall
  • Complex issues in relation to compliance with design specification
  • Multiple expert involvement

Re RCC Ltd

  • Advice on the correct treatment of substantial historic withdrawals by a director and shareholder
  • Consideration of the need for an application to rectify the register

Re O & T

  • Dispute in relation to a re-development scheme
  • Liability of directors for breach of duty in respect of contact for payments for securing property and development rights

Re GDC Ltd

  • Series of insolvency proceedings arising out of UK government’s ECO programme
  • Advice and negotiation in relation to the CVA

‘P Partnership’

  • Advice on company re-structuring consequent on one of London’s largest re-development projects

Re AGCP Ltd

  • Advice, in conjunction with tax experts, as to the correct treatment of the distribution of funds from a property holding company following the death to the principle shareholder

Re S Solicitors

  • Acted for the departing partner of a prominent Devon solicitors firm in High Court proceedings
  • Drafted broad-ranging settlement agreement

Re LD

  • Advice and drafting in relation to a service delivery partnership
  • Multi-party contractual arrangements to comply with the tendering requirements in relation to local authority service provision

B v M

  • Partnership dispute in relation to the purchase and development of a public house and associated property

V & Another v OF Ltd

  • Insolvency proceedings with regards to the financing of a multi-million pound development in West London

Re H & B

  • Partnership dispute in relation to property interests
  • Dispute as to liability in relation to secured lending

Charity Law

William is one of the leading charity specialists at the Bar.

William has been elected to the Executive Committee of the Charity Law Association, and is co-chair of its 2017 Annual Conference. He has recently chaired a cross-profession working party on the Charity Commission’s warning and trustee disqualification powers.

His practice focusses on commercial and corporate arrangements for larger charities and institutions. This encompasses both advisory and litigation work.

Supplementing and enhancing his charity law work, William is a leading commercial practitioner on the Western Circuit. He is recommended in the ‘Legal 500’ at Tier 1 in respect of commercial, banking and insolvency.

CHARITY PRACTICE AREAS

  • Advising on commercial structures and arrangements for charities, institutions and social enterprises
  • Advising on a wide range of issues at the interface of the public, private and charity sectors
  • Charity litigation
  • Advising on constitutional, regulatory and governance matters
  • Drafting and advising on joint venture, partnership and service agreements

SELECTED CASES IN THE LAST 2 YEARS

  • Advising, as part of an international cross-disciplinary team, on the global structure for a development charity
  • High Court litigation as to the ‘quasi corporation’ status of a religious institution
  • Creation of a group structure for previously independent disability charities
  • Representation of a tenants group in a multi-million pound dispute with a national landowning charity
  • Guidance on the reconstitution of a major regeneration body into a charity
  • Interpretation of a prominent charitable trust’s historic records to clarify modern investment options
  • Advice on the restructuring of an international arts charity
  • Advice on the de-merger of a charitable organisation

SECTOR INVOLVEMENT 

  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Charity Law Association (2016 to date)
  • Trustee of an international enterprise charity (2016 to date)
  • Trustee of an education charity (2014 to date)
  • Director of a representative charity in the south west (2008-11)
  • Director of a national disability charity (2002-07)
  • Regular speaker at charity sector events

Professions, Memberships & Scholarships

  • Member of the Commercial Bar Association
  • Executive Committee of the Charity Law Association
  • Inner Temple: Duke of Edinburgh Exhibitioner
  • Inner Temple: Poland Prize Scholar
  • Visiting lecturer in civil litigation on the BPTC (2006-14)