William Horwood

Call 2016

William Horwood

Introduction

William undertook pupillage in chambers in 2016/17, and joined chambers on completion of pupillage in 2017. He appears regularly in the Family Court before all levels of judiciary, from Lay   Justices to High Court Judges, in the Midlands and across the country. He also frequentlly contributes to training events and seminars, both in chambers and at solicitors’ offices.

In his spare time, William is a confirmed “cricket tragic” and cinephile. He recently combined these two interests as one of the executive producers of 501 Not Out, a documentary about the cricketer Brian Lara.

Reported Cases

Private Law Children and Domestic Abuse

William regularly appears on behalf of parents and children in private law disputes. He has significant experience of “high conflict” cases involving allegations of physical abuse, sexual abuse, and parental alienation. He recently acted for the children in a case in which a parent was found to have encouraged a child to lie to a criminal court.

Recent work includes:

  • Currently instructed for a parent in a case in which parental alienation is alleged and an expert report has been ordered.
  • Recently instructed by the children’s Guardian in a case in which the children had made serious allegations of sexual abuse against one of the parents.
  • Recently acted for a parent and successfully secured a condition attached to the final order that the other parent should not, without consent or the court’s permission, take any steps to relocate, either within or without the jurisdiction.

Public Law Care and Adoption

William regularly appears on behalf of Local Authorities, parents, children and intervenors in the Family Court and the High Court. He is developing a significant practice in cases involving placement of children outside of England and Wales, and has recently been instructed in two such cases where the court has received expert evidence on the law of the country where placement is proposed. He is regularly instructed in cases of the most serious nature, including cases involving child deaths and serious physical or sexual abuse.

William also advises Local Authorities, parents and children in relation to civil claims arising out of care proceedings, both under the Human Rights Act 1998 and in negligence.

Recent work includes:

  • Currently instructed by a Local Authority in a case involving multiple child deaths.
  • Currently instructed by the Children’s Guardian in a case involving a historical child death.
  • Currently instructed by a Local Authority in a civil claim arising out of care proceedings.
  • Currently instructed by a Local Authority in a case involving serious domestic violence and complex mental health issues, in which permission to appeal has been granted.
  • Recently instructed in two cases involving placement of children outside of England and Wales.
  • Recently instructed on behalf of the Official Solicitor for a parent who lacks capacity in a case involving sensitive cultural and religious issues.
  • Recently instructed to advise a care leaver on a potential civil claim against a Local Authority.
  • Recently instructed by a Local Authority in a case involving serious allegations of sexual abuse and issues of wardship under the High Court’s inherent jurisdiction.
  • Recently instructed by a parent in a case involving a complex sibling group with significant issues of attachment and scapegoating.

Family Finance Team

William regularly advises clients on matters concerning ancillary relief and trusts of land, and has appeared in both the Family Court and the County Court in such cases. In common with his child law practice, William has acted in cases with an international element and involving issues of jurisdiction and recognition of orders made in England and Wales in foreign courts.

Recent work includes:

  • Recently instructed to advise on the recognition of a foreign divorce and financial settlement by the courts in this jurisdiction.
  • Recently instructed to advise a client on securing approval of a consent order in a case involving a significant lapse of time where the court had refused to approve the previous consent order.
  • Recently instructed to advise a client in a dispute over the extent of his ex-partner’s beneficial interest in the former family home.

Employment

William acts for claimants and respondents in the employment tribunal. He has experience of the full range of employment tribunal hearings, from case management discussions and open preliminary hearings dealing with discrete issues such as strike-out applications, through to multi-day final hearings. He also has an interest in contractual employment disputes, particularly around restrictive covenants in the contract of employment.

Recent work includes:

  • Currently instructed by the Claimant in a large discrimination case involving multiple allegations of disability discrimination.
  • Recently secured a reinstatement order for a Claimant, and then significant additional compensation when the employer refused to comply with the order.
  • Recently secured the dismissal of an age discrimination claim for a Respondent, notwithstanding the tribunal’s doubts about the credibility of the Respondent’s witnesses.

Education

BA (Hons) Russian Studies – First Class (University of Birmingham)
MA Russian and East European Literature and Culture (University College London)
Graduate Diploma in Law – Commendation (BPP Law School)
Bar Professional Training Course – Very Competent (University of Law)

Appointments and Memberships

Appointed to Government Legal Department Junior Junior Panel – 2017 – present
Lord Justice Holker Scholar 2014 – Gray’s Inn
CPE Scholar 2012 – Gray’s Inn