William Evans

Profile

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 roll of solicitors as well as practising at the Bar.

As a solicitor he worked exclusively for insurance clients on a wide range of cases including personal injury, professional indemnity, construction claims and policy interpretation. He developed a particular expertise in disease cases, especially asbestos diseases and asthma, and was named as a Leader in the Field by Chambers’ Directory from 1995.

Since returning to the Bar he has developed a significant commercial practice with cases in the Commercial and Technology and Construction Courts including construction insurance disputes and insurance recovery, particularly fire cases, in addition to substantial general commercial work and commercial property. Bill’s employment practice is in the field of contractual claims, in particular restraint of trade and misuse of information cases. He continues to practise in the area of personal injury claims, in particular disease claims, and insurance contracts. Bill has been involved with litigation funding for some 10 years. He was a founding member of a large litigation funder and has acted as a consultant to a number of others. He is presently involved with Invicta Capital Funding which particularly looks to fund litigation which may be below the criteria for most funders and insolvency cases. He is also involved with and ATE business which specialises in providing adverse costs cover for funded cases. Bill accepts instructions, in appropriate cases, on a CFA basis.

Commercial

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.

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.

Employment

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.

Property

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.

Personal Injury

Bill has considerable experience in personal injury cases, largely acting for insurers but also claimants. As a solicitor he acted exclusively for insurers in employers’ liability and, in particular disease claims. He has a particular expertise and experience in acting in cases resulting from exposure to asbestos. He also acts for claimants in clinical negligence claims.

Public and 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.

Publications

Employer’s Liability and Personal Accident chapters in Insurance Disputes, edited by Mance L.J., Professor Robert Merkin & I Goldrein QC

Memberships

Society of Advanced Legal Studies

Professional Negligence Bar Association

Personal Injury Bar Association

Law Society

Qualifications

BA(Hons) University of Kent at Canterbury

Barrister called in England and Wales and the British Virgin Islands

Solicitor

Mediator

Recorder sitting in civil and private and public law family cases in the Midland Circuit