Charles Williams


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Charles is head of the International Trade and Commodities Group and specialises in Trade, Trade Finance and Shipping disputes. Within these areas of practice, he has a particular niche in respect of Civil Fraud and Conspiracy Cases. He also has considerable experience in offshore and energy disputes.


Charles is a member of the Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association, ICC UK Committee on Banking Technique and Practice (the committee dealing with the UCP 600) and a former Chairman of the British Maritime Law Association Committee on Arbitration and ADR.  He is a Visiting Professor at City University and lectures regularly for many other educational and commercial institutions.

Charles qualified in 1979 with Thomas Cooper. He practised with other leading City law firms before rejoining Thomas Cooper in 1994.

Charles Williams highlighted for 'notable skills in disputes in the energy sector'.
Legal 500, 2017
The "very experienced" Charles Williams heads the commodities department and is an esteemed commodities disputes and trade finance practitioner. He enjoys a good standing in the market and a strong reputation among peers.
Chambers UK, 2016
Practice head Charles Williams brings a great deal of experience to physical commodities matters and disputes over letters of credit, as well as trade finance. Peers are happy to refer work to him, and clients say that "he has an excellent ability to connect with commodities traders." He is also highly regarded as an adviser to trade association arbitration panels..."
Chambers and Partners, 2014
Charles Williams is doing ‘an excellent job – clients have great faith in his judgement’. With expertise across commodities and shipping, the firm is regularly involved in high-profile disputes, including matters arising from Russia’s ban on wheat and grain exports..."
Legal 500, 2013