William Mitchell

Called: 2017

Practice Overview

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

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

Since being offered tenancy Will has been instructed on a wide range of matters including:

  • Will acts for Owners in an LMAA arbitration worth $157k. The claim is for cargo damage following water ingress;
  • Taylor & Taylor v Coast 2 Coast Marine Transport Ltd (Comm Ct, 2018). Will acts for Claimants in a CMR dispute;
  • Chakdouf v Access Self Storage (County Court, 2018). Will acted for the successful insurers, defending a claim for damage and loss. He obtained a costs order pursuant to CPR27.14(g) on the basis of the unreasonable behaviour of the Claimant;
  • Macdonald Resorts Limited v Rendle & Brumpton (County Court, 2018). Will acts for the Defendant in a debt claim relating to timeshare properties (currently pre-trial);
  • Will, with Stewart Buckingham, is currently advising an Insurer on issues arising under a H&M war risks policy following the capture of a Vessel’s crew by pirates;
  • Will advised a charity on an issue arising from a contract won by tender;
  • Will advised a mortgagee in a complex matter concerning recovery of a loan secured by way of a mortgage on a yacht located in Portugal;
  • Will advised Owners in relation to bunker pricing under a time charterparty;
  • Will acts for Charterers in relation to a LMAA small claims arbitration under a MYBA charter.
  • Will acts for an airline in respect of a CEDR Aviation Adjudication.
  • Will recently advised in relation to non-payment of a jackpot.

Will is also interested in all aspects of gambling and licensing law including internet gambling, lotteries and prize competitions. 


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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