William Hansen

William Hansen

Call 1992

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William specializes in property law, public law and commercial litigation. His commercial practice has a distinct chancery bias to it and includes company litigation (directors’ duties, shareholder disputes, directors’ disqualification), partnership, insolvency and fraud.

His practice also encompasses all areas of real estate litigation including adverse possession, boundaries, conveyancing, co-ownership, easements, land registration, mortgages, options, restrictive covenants and trusts of land.

William also provides expertise in all aspects of the law of landlord and tenant (excluding agricultural), including business tenancy renewals, dilapidations, forfeiture, leasehold covenants and service charge disputes.

He is a Deputy Chancery Master and a Judge of the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) for both land registration and residential property cases.

William acts for a wide range of clients and welcomes direct professional access work. He is also a trained mediator who can offer his services to those looking to mediate property disputes.

He is also a member of the Attorney-General’s B Panel of Counsel to the Crown in civil matters and regularly acts for a variety of government agencies including HMRC, MoJ and the Secretary of State for Business.

Notable Cases

Balevents Ltd v. Sartori [2014] EWHC 1164 (Ch) (Breach of fiduciary duty and waiver of breach)

Trustees of the Green Masjid and Madrasah [2013] UKUT 0355 (LC) (Modification of restrictive covenant)

Orme v Lyons [2012] EWHC 3308 (Ch) (Approach of appellate court to inferences drawn by Adjudicator).

Wilkinson v. Farmer (CA), [2010] EWCA Civ 1148 (Proper approach to construction of 1898 deed)

Wallbank v Price [2007] EWHC 3001 (Ch), [2008] 2 FLR 501 (Undue influence and duress).

Sims v. Mahon [2005] 3 EGLR 67 (Term implied into covenant against building without prior approval of plans)

Mountney v. Treharne (CA) [2003] Ch 135 (Equitable maxims and proprietary rights in the context of insolvency proceedings)

Eyre v. McCracken (CA) (2001) 33 HLR 16 (Liability under repairing covenant to repair inherent defect)

Academic Qualifications

  • B.Sc (Econ), First Class, LSE
  • M.Phil (Cantab.)
  • MBA (London Business School) with Distinction

Professional Bodies

  • ADR Qualified Mediator
  • Member of the Administrative Law Bar Association
  • Member of the Chancery Bar Association
  • Member of the Property Bar Association