Craig Williams, Quadrant Chambers

Craig grew up just outside Selby, North Yorkshire, and went to Barlby High School, a state comprehensive, followed by York College to study his A-Levels. Craig was the first in his family to go to university and studied undergraduate and post-graduate law at Durham University before completing the BPTC at BPP Leeds. He was awarded an Exhibition, the Struben Bequest Prize and the Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Scholarship by the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple to assist with fees and living expenses during the BPTC year.

Prior to commencing pupillage Craig worked in-house with the global litigation team at a multi-national 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. He also worked in-house at a leading boutique commercial disputes firm where, among other things, he assisted in relation to a series of high value insurance arbitrations.

Craig completed his pupillage at Quadrant Chambers in 2015 where he is now a tenant. He has a busy international commercial practice which encompasses banking, energy, international trade and shipping and he regularly appears in the High Court and arbitration both as sole and junior counsel. Career highlights include working in Grand Cayman on AHAB v SAAD, the largest trial in Cayman history and being instructed in several significant disputes related to alleged LIBOR manipulation, misrepresentation, fraud and breach of contract.

Craig’s practice has a particular focus on energy and natural resources and he has found his previous in-house experience invaluable in understanding how the industry operates and what clients need from counsel.