William Evans

Call date: 1977
Email: wevans@elyplace.com
Telephone number: 020 7400 9600

William Evans

Call date: 1977
Email: wevans@elyplace.com
Telephone number: 020 7400 9600

Practice areas

Business Property & private client  Public & regulatory

Having practised at the Bar for 9 years, Bill Evans re-qualified as a solicitor and was a partner in Irwin Mitchell from 1988 to 1994 and DLA from 1994 to 2002, before returning to the Bar. He remains on the rolls of solicitors as well as practising at the Bar.

Since returning to the Bar his practice has largely been in the commercial field, professional indemnity, construction and employment contract cases. He also acts in personal injury claims, particularly industrial disease.

Bill has also been involved in litigation funding for a number of years and is presently Investment Director of Chancery Capital Advisors LLP.

Bill also sits as a Recorder on the Midland Circuit hearing civil and family cases.


Bill has acted in a number of cases in the Commercial Court and Technology and Construction Court as well as the other divisions of the High Court. Many of the cases in which he has been involved have involved insurance, including subrogation claims by insurers.

Recently he has particularly been involved in a shareholder unfair prejudice claim, a breach of contract claim in respect of a business in Dubai and a claim for unpaid invoices under a construction contract which involves allegations of interference with contract and conspiracy to cause harm.

In his work with Chancery Capital Bill considers the suitability for funding of large commercial cases proceeding in the High Court or by Arbitration and US and Australian cases. He is also involved in advising on the continuing conduct of the cases funded.

Significant reported cases:

Brit Inns Limited (in liquidation), Vincent Barber & Linda Lawless v BDW Trading Limited & J Reddington Limited [2012] EWHC 2143 (TCC) a subrogation claim against a negligent contractor for the cost of remedial work.

Global Marine Drillships Limited v Landmark Solicitors [[2011] EWHC 2685 (Ch) a breach of undertaking claim against a solicitor.

Guy v Pannone LLP [2010] EWCA Civ 1396 an attempt to set aside a statutory demand on the groudns that there was a viable negligence claim against the solicitors.

Shepherd Neame v EDF PLC [2008] EWHC 123 (TCC) a subrogation claim arising from a major fire in a medieval street in Canterbury.

Blackwell v Gerling [2007] EWHC 94 (Comm) a claim under a contractor’s all risks insurance policy relating to damage to construction works for a motorway.

Thames Trains v Railtrack & HSE (2005) a subrogation claim for recovery of monies paid to claimants injured in the Ladbroke Grove rail crash.

Property & private client

Bill acts in a variety of property claims. He has recently been involved in a number of cases involving commercial mortgages and a party wall case. Previously he has been involved in cases arising from the conveyance of land and relating to the registration of title in circumstances involving fraud.

Barclays Bank v Guy [2010] EWCA Civ 1396 an application to re-open an appeal relating to rectification of the Land Register involving fraud.


Bill’s practice in the employment field is in respect of employment contracts. He has acted recently in a breach of warranty of authority case, and a quantum meruit claim for services provided as a consultant. He also acts in cases involving allegations of restraint of trade and misuse of information.

Public & regulatory

Bill acted in a judicial review of the actions of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme relating to the manner in which it operate the Rules of the Compensation Scheme in mesothelioma cases.


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