William Mitchell

Called: 2017

Practice Overview

Will has a broad and growing practice in line with chambers core areas of shipping, insurance and reinsurance, aviation and travel, banking and financial services, commercial dispute resolution, commodities and international trade, energy and natural resources, and international commercial arbitration.

Will has market experience in marine, aviation and space insurance having undertaken a placement with the complex claims department at a leading insurer. During the placement he advised on stock throughput, P&I, War Risks and H&M policies. 

Recent cases include:

  • Advising and pleading in a wide range of bill of lading and charterparty disputes, including acting in several ongoing LMAA arbitrations regarding cargo damage, bunker disputes, claims under the implied indemnity and on and off-hire survey disputes;
  • Advising and drafting closing submissions in an LMAA arbitration relating to general average, advising on the exercise of a contractual lien, and advising on issues relating to the establishing admiralty jurisdiction in rem;
  • Advising an Insurer on coverage under a H&M war risks policy following the capture of a Vessel’s crew by pirates;
  • Advising and acting in several Yacht matters including advising the mortgagee of a Yacht in relation to enforcing his rights following the disappearance of the mortgagor, and acting in several ongoing LMAA arbitrations under MYBA charters;
  • Acting for insurers in the successful defence of a claim for damage and loss in relation to storage of goods, including obtaining a costs order pursuant to CPR27.14(g) on the basis of the unreasonable behaviour of the Claimant;
  • Assisting Jeremy Richmond in a minority shareholder petition for unfair prejudice and derivative claims. 
  • Defending various aviation claims including under Regulation 261 and the Montreal Convention, including personal injury, and two successful applications to set aside default judgments;
  • Advising and acting in an ongoing claim for the delivery up of goods, including in relation to the right to delivery up where a lien is being wrongfully exercised;
  • Advising and pleading in CMR disputes;
  • Defending a timeshare owner in an ongoing case relating to an amendment to the constitution of an unincorporated association. 

Will is also interested in all aspects of gambling law including licensing, internet gambling, lotteries and prize competitions. He recently advised in relation to non-payment of a jackpot following an alleged software error. 


BSc Mathematics, Imperial College, London (First Class)

MSc (Oxon)

Graduate Diploma in Law, Oxford Brookes University (Distinction, 1st in year)

Bar Professional Training Course, BPP (Outstanding)


Lord Denning Scholar, The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn

Buchanan Prize, The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn

Hardwicke Entrance Award, The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn

Excellence Award, BPP

Oxford University Press Law Prize (for the highest performance on the GDL)

In-House Experience

Leading Insurer, complex claims team


Will sits on the London Advisory Board of the national children’s charity Chicks. He has been a long-standing advocate for the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community and is happy to consider pro bono instructions in related matters. 

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