William Horwood Family

Call: 2016


Having successfully completed pupillage in 2016 – 2017 under the supervision of Simon Clegg and Rosalyn Carter, William is developing a busy practice with a focus on family, employment and commercial law.

William is a fluent speaker of Russian, and is happy to accept instructions in cases with an international element, particularly involving Russia or the former USSR.

In his spare time, William enjoys theatre, cricket, football and walking.

Membership of Professional Organisations

  • The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn


  • BPTC (University of Law) – Very Competent
  • GDL (BPP Law School) – Commendation
  • MA Russian and East European Literature and Culture (University College London) – Pass
  • BA (Hons) Russian Studies (University of Birmingham) – First Class

Scholarships and prizes

  • Ecclesiastical Law Society – Inter-Inn Mooting Shield (2015, representing Gray’s Inn)
  • Gray’s Inn – Lord Justice Holker Scholarship (2014)
  • Gray’s Inn – CPE Scholarship (2012)


William is developing a substantial practice across the spectrum of family law. In child law, he regularly acts for parents, local authorities and children in public law proceedings, and has been involved in cases raising sensitive religious and cultural issues. He also acts for parents in private law children proceedings.

William is regularly instructed in ancillary relief proceedings under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973. He has a significant amount of FDR experience for his level of call, and has run cases from first appointment through to trial.

William’s recent experience includes:

  • Representing a child who had parted ways with their Guardian in care proceedings.
  • Successfully resisting an application for a transfer of residence in private law proceedings which would have involved the child relocating outside the jurisdiction.
  • On behalf of a local authority, successfully resisting an application for permission to apply for judicial review in relation to the making of an interim care order in the Family Court.
  • Instructed as junior counsel (led by a senior junior) on a 15 day fact-find in a public law family case raising complex and sensitive issues in relation to religion and human rights.
  • Successfully arguing that experts’ fees in care proceedings in which the parents had chosen not to be legally represented should be apportioned 50/50 between the Local Authority and the Legal Aid Agency, rather than 75/25 as contended for by the Legal Aid Agency.
    Representing a parent accused of causing significant harm to a child where the allegations had been adopted by the Local Authority.

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