Expertise

Bill is a Partner in the Commercial Dispute Resolution/Litigation team. He specialises in heavyweight disputes. He has particular expertise in the management and resolution of procurement challenges, major project disputes, claims arising from the sale and purchase of businesses and the resolution of large scale business-critical supply/JV disputes. 

Bill has an enviable track record of success in litigation and arbitration, together with all forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), including expert determination, negotiation and mediation.

He acts for national and international clients in a wide range of fields and has considerable experience of advising both private and public bodies in a range of sectors, including transport, health, utilities, retail and technology. 

Experience

Examples of Bill's recent experience include:

  • advising private and public sector organisations on complex and/or critical issues, including the management, re-negotiation, default and termination of major contractual relationships
  • acting for a wide variety of contracting authorities and utilities, as well as bidder clients on procurement challenges and achieving successful outcomes, by way of negotiation, strike out/summary judgment and swift partial re-run. Also advising "behind the scenes" on highly sensitive procurement issues.  Recent matters include advising as lead law firm to the Department for Transport in the 2019 Rail Franchising Litigation
  • guiding clients through a range of significant disputes in relation to transport and logistics, involving issues ranging from a multi-million pound warehousing and distribution project turnaround to a supply chain contract breach involving a national network
  • advising private and public sector organisations on complex and/or critical issues, including the management, re-negotiation, default and termination of major contractual relationships
  • assisting transport/logistics suppliers and customer organisations on resolving large scale disputes with outsourcing, changes in specification/scope, project delivery delays and performance failures, using escalated dispute resolution processes, negotiation, mediation, expert determination, arbitration and Court proceedings
  • resolving high value corporate/commercial disputes, often involving completion account and warranty claims, JV issues, shareholder actions and partnership fall outs
  • dealing with several high profile judicial reviews in a number of sectors.
Professional memberships
  • The Society for Computers and Law
Testimonials

"Sources hold Bill Gilliam in high regard, stating that 'he gives clear legal advice and is willing to go the extra mile for the client', further noting that he is 'a very good strategist'. He represents a range of high-profile clients in varied commercial litigation and is particularly highlighted for his expertise in IT disputes."

Chambers 2019

"Bill Gilliam is a stand-out solicitor - a fantastic technical lawyer but also commercial and practical."

Legal 500 2019


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