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William Cecil is a Partner and Head of the Contentious Department, with extensive arbitration experience in offshore oil and gas and energy. He has recently been involved in an ICC arbitration in Geneva relating to a power and desalination construction project in the Middle East; an SCMA arbitration in Singapore relating to a rig upgrade; and an LMAA arbitration and associated High Court proceedings relating to the construction of two drilling rigs in China. William is currently working on an LMAA arbitration relating to the termination of a construction contract for an offshore unit with claim and counterclaim values in excess of US$500 million each, and two related arbitrations arising out of the termination of a long term offshore drilling contract with a total claim value in the region of US$350 million. William is a recommended lawyer in the Transport (Shipping) section of the 2016 UK edition of The Legal 500, Legalease. Chambers UK, Chambers and Partners, 2017 ranks William as a notable practitioner, saying "William Cecil has a wealth of experience advising on arbitration and litigation for shipping and offshore energy clients," with one client remarking that he is "very hard-working and good to work with."

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