Craig Williams

Called: 2012

Practice Overview

Craig is developing a broad commercial disputes practice with particular emphasis on aviation, commodities, energy, insurance and reinsurance and shipping (wet and dry).

Due to spending time in-house at a leading boutique commercial disputes practice, the Global Litigation Team for a major oil company and the claims team of a major marine and aviation insurer, Craig has an appreciation for the business objectives, realities and pressures at play during commercial disputes.

Craig is currently being led by Guy Blackwood QC and Ben Gardner in two significant Commercial Court disputes concerning claims under Collateral Management Agreements.

  • Aviation & Travel K View More

    Craig has experience of a wide range of contentious aviation matters. Craig is regularly instructed by major airlines in respect of Regulation 261/2004 and Montreal Convention claims (having experience in respect of both bodily injury and damage to cargo). Craig also has experience of commercial aviation disputes, including disputes between airlines and airports and aircraft sale, financing and leasing disputes.

  • Commercial Dispute Resolution K View More

    Craig has experience of general commercial disputes in both court and arbitration.

  • Insolvency & Restructuring K View More

    Craig obtained the highest distinction in his year for the company law module of his LLM. During pupillage, he has been involved in cases concerning:

    • The rights of trade credit insurers in the context of a major insolvency.
    • The merits of appealing a judgment from the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands relating to the wrongful payment of dividends.
    • The OW Bunkers insolvency.

    Craig has also appeared as counsel in an arbitration concerning the exercise of pre-emption rights under a shareholders’ agreement.

  • Shipping & Maritime K View More

    Dry Shipping

    Craig has extensive experience of advising on and drafting pleadings in both litigation and arbitration proceedings. Craig has worked on a wide range of charterparty and bill of lading disputes, including claims in relation to: cargo contamination, damage and/or loss; freight and hire; hull cleaning; laytime and demurrage; repudiation and cancellation of charterparties; off-hire period(s); and vessel disbursements.

    Craig has also assisted in claims involving disputes on international sales contracts, including allegations of economic duress, set-off, and breaches of arbitration agreements.

    Wet Shipping

    Craig has experience in collision, grounding and unsafe port claims including the operation of letters of undertaking and collision liens.

  • Energy & Natural Resources K View More

    Craig has spent time in-house in the litigation team of a multinational energy company. During this time, Craig obtained extensive experience of advising and/or drafting pleadings in relation high value upstream and downstream energy disputes, including disputes arising out of: (i) bilateral investment treaties; (ii) farmout agreements; (iii) gas price reviews; (iv) joint venture agreements; (v) over and under lifting of products from refineries; (vi) product-sharing agreements; (vii) take or pay obligations; and (viii) the transportation of LNG and crude oil.

  • International Arbitration K View More

    Craig has experience of drafting statements of case and appearing as counsel in arbitration and accepts instructions to act in international commercial and investment arbitrations (including under the LMAA, ICC and LCIA Rules). Craig has recently been instructed in major NAI shareholder and ad hoc London shipping arbitrations.

     Craig has also been involved in section 69 appeals against arbitration awards.

  • Insurance & Reinsurance K View More

    Craig has recently completed a placement at a major Marine and Aviation Insurer, advising on coverage and defence issues in relation to cargo, hull and aviation claims. Craig has an in-depth understanding of the Lloyd’s Market.

    Craig has also attended an inquest on behalf of Insurers in order to protect their coverage position.


LLB (Dunelm), 2.1. 
LLM (Dunelm), Distinction.
BPTC (BPP), Very Competent.

Other Qualifications

2012: ADR Group Accredited Civil & Commercial Mediator.
2012: Highest Distinctions in the University for two of his LLM Modules.
2011: Awarded an Exhibition, The Struben Bequest Prize and The Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Scholarship by The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple

In-House Experience

Craig has spent time with the claims team of a major marine and aviation insurer, assisting with significant claims under marine, cargo, hull and aviation policies.

Craig worked in-house with the litigation team at a multinational energy company, where he advised business lawyers and internal clients across the company’s upstream and downstream energy business on contentious matters and legal proceedings within the EMENA territory.

Craig has experience of working in-house at a leading boutique commercial disputes firm where, amongst other things, he assisted in relation to a series of high value Bermuda Form insurance arbitrations concerning an accident at a power plant and one of the Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases of 2014.


Young Maritime Professionals,
London Shipping Law Centre,
ICC Young Arbitrators Forum,
LCIA - Young International Arbitration Group.


Craig is always happy to give seminars to solicitors or other professional groups in any area of his practice. He has recently given talks on the cross-examination of expert witnesses.

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