William sits as a Deputy Chancery Master and his commercial practice covers the following areas with a distinct Chancery bias to it:

Company litigation: directors duties, breach of fiduciary duty, shareholder disputes, unfair prejudice petitions, rectification proceedings and directors' disqualification.

Partnership: William has advised and acted in a wide variety of partnership disputes involving accountants, solicitors, vets, farmers, doctors and restaurateurs. He has advised on the full panoply of disputes that can arise including dissolutions and winding-up, partitions and buy-outs and detailed accounts and inquiries.

Insolvency: William specialises in all aspects of corporate and personal insolvency and has a particular expertise in those cases where property rights and principles of insolvency meet. William is regularly instructed in relation to applications to restrain advertisement and/or further proceedings on winding up petitions. William is also regularly instructed in relation to applications for permission to institute or continue legal process against a company in administration. William also has a particular interest in all aspects of bankruptcy, including IVAs and applications for charging orders and orders for sale in respect of jointly owned property.

Fraud, Misrepresentation and Breach of Trust: William has wide experience of all aspects of civil fraud, including fraudulent misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty and dishonest assistance. Recent cases include fraudulent misrepresentation by a vendor in the context of a sale of land and allegations of breach of fiduciary duty involving the diversion of a corporate opportunity by a senior manager alleged to be a fiduciary.

Commercial Arbitration and Mediation: William is a qualified mediator and also has wide experience of both international and domestic arbitration. His diverse case-load has included an international commercial arbitration against the UN involving UNIDROIT principles and a domestic arbitration involving a dispute about the proper interpretation of a reservation of sporting rights.

Recent cases:

  • Top Brands Ltd v. Sharma [2015] EWCA Civ 1140 (illegality)
  • Top Brands v. Sharma [2014] EWCA Civ 761 (standing of former liquidator to challenge creditor’s proof of debt)
  • Balevents Ltd v Sartori [2012] EWCA Civ 1508 (Breach of fiduciary duty, waiver of breach, fresh evidence)
  • Metro Nominees Ltd v. Rayment [2008] BCC 40 (Permission to commence forfeiture proceedings against company in administration)
  • LCP Retail Ltd v. Segal [2007] BCC 584 (Abandonment of distress)
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Academic qualifications

  • B.Sc (Econ), First Class, LSE
  • M.Phil (Cantab.)
  • MBA (London Business School) with Distinction

Professional qualifications & appointments

  • Deputy Judge of the Upper Tribunal, Administrative Appeals Chamber
  • Recorder
  • Deputy Chancery Master
  • Judge, First Tier Tribunal, Property Chamber
  • Legally Qualified Chair, Police Misconduct Hearings
  • Member of the Attorney General's A Panel
  • ADR Qualified Mediator

Professional bodies

  • Member of the Administrative Law Bar Association
  • Member of the Chancery Bar Association
  • Member of the Property Bar Association

Direct Access

William Hansen is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients under the Direct Public Access scheme.

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