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William Cecil is a partner and head of the contentious team in London, 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; an LMAA arbitration and associated High Court proceedings relating to the construction of two drilling rigs in China; an LMAA arbitration relating to the termination of a construction contract for an offshore unit; and two related arbitrations arising out of the termination of a long-term offshore drilling contract. William is a recommended lawyer in the international arbitration, oil and gas, and shipping sections of the 2017 UK edition of The Legal 500, Legalease. Legal 500 reports that "William Cecil is ‘very experienced’ in offshore oil and gas and energy-related arbitrations," and is "'wise, sensible and knowledgeable,’ and is noted for shipbuilding disputes." Chambers UK, Chambers and Partners, 2018 ranks William as a notable practitioner, saying “William Cecil is routinely sought out by clients from the offshore energy and shipping sectors. He is highly skilled in handling arbitrations as well as representing clients in proceedings before the courts.”