David Huw Williams QC
Barrister (Called to Inner Temple 1988), (Queen’s Counsel 2008)
Areas of Practice
Commercial law, commercial fraud, international bribery and corruption and anti-money laundering
Summary of Experience
David has been in practice for 25 years and has considerable experience as a trial advocate appearing in some of the UK’s most important cases, both at first instance and appellate stages. Successive editions of Chambers UK have ranked him as having “a first-class mind” and as a top caliber and “powerful” advocate, noting that he is “one of the few who is equally adept at prosecuting and defending”.
Over the past 10 years his international practice has developed to include advising with regard to litigation in administrative proceedings before the Multi-Lateral Development Banks as well as instructions to advising those institutions as to the structure of their investigatory and administrative processes. Most recently, David has accepted an invitation to Chair a panel of international experts conducting a review at the United Nations.
At present David is acting for a party before the Commission of Enquiry in Trinidad and Tobago examining the circumstances surrounding the collapse of a major financial institution. He has recent experience of dealing with in-country legal commercial issues in Africa, India, Russia and China.
David has particular expertise in international anti-bribery and corruption law, commercial fraud and business crime. David was instructed as Queen’s Counsel by the UK Serious Fraud Office in the BAE Systems inquiry and acted throughout the entirety of the investigation. He is familiar with the FCPA and has worked with the US Department of Justice. In addition to extensive practical experience he has written and lectured extensively in the field. Together with Professor David Ormerod, he is the co-editor of the leading text Smith: The Law of Theft. 9th ed. (Oxford University Press): “A much-needed and comprehensive update of this leading work. In particular, the chapters on the Fraud Act 2006 offer a valuable analysis of that important new legislation”. – Lord Justice Hooper. He is also a contributor to a number of loose-leaf practitioner’s publications including the bribery chapter in Fraud: Criminal Law and Procedure (OUP) and Fraud: Law, Practice and Procedure. (LexisNexis). David is a member of the Consulting Editorial Board of Lexis Nexis Corporate Crime PSL. He was a member of Criminal Bar association working groups producing papers on the Fraud Bill and the Corruption Bill and has lectured to other lawyers and police officers in relation to subjects ranging from hearsay and bad character to the Fraud Act.
David’s recent experience in the negotiation of international corporate settlements with law enforcement authorities in multiple jurisdictions makes him one of the best qualified to operate in this field. Working with Ivan Pearce, he led the team representing Macmillan Publishers Limited in connection with its settlements with the Serious Fraud Office and the World Bank Group.
David has, on many occasions, acted both for the SFO and for those those under investigation or prosecuted by the SFO. David has substantial experience in heading defence teams in cases calling for leading counsel who can quickly assimilate a large volume of material and give clear and detailed advice as to the preparation of the defendant’s case. Recent defence work includes leading briefs for principal defendants in cases involving: company fraud, industrial espionage, local government corruption, money laundering, carousel fraud, people trafficking and NHS fraud. He has experience of defending in highly sensitive cases involving terrorists and a former member of the security services.
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