Alessandra Williams

Alessandra Williams

Direct Access Barrister

T: 07882 264737   E: aw@austenjonessolicitors.co.uk

Alessandra is a recent addition to the team at Austen-Jones Solicitors and works on a consultancy basis as a Public Access Barrister which means members of the public are able to instruct her directly.

As well as offering specialist advice to a wide range of clients, Alessandra has also lectured students in Law at several London universities and worked as a criminologist and football agent in her spare time. She holds a Masters degree from King’s College London and a Post Graduate Certificate in Sports Law.

Friendly and approachable, Alessandra says her passion is ‘people’ and she practices in a variety of areas of law to facilitate this one-to-one contact, regularly advising on issues including:

  • Mortgage repossession
  • Bankruptcy
  • Contract law
  • Road traffic offences and
  • Crime – both white collar and private clients
  • Employment law
  • Family matters,
  • Tax services
  • Regulatory matters
  • Sports law

When not working, Alessandra travels abroad to assist young players in fulfilling their dreams of becoming professional football players.

International Arbitration and Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Represented the Ministry of Oil & Minerals of a Middle East Government (Respondent) against an Indian oil company (Claimant) in a commercial arbitration over contractual claims arising out of a Production Sharing Agreement for exploration of oil.
  • Advised a Middle East Government in an investor-state arbitration arising from the construction of an airport runway.
  • Represented Respondents, the Republic of Yemen and the Yemeni Ministry of Oil & Minerals in a commercial arbitration against Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation.
  • Advised a UK oil company in its dispute with a state-owned oil company in West Africa
  • Represented a US energy company in mediation against a Libyan company
  • Represented Scottish Power in an English high court litigation (Scottish Power UK plc v BP Exploration Operating Co Ltd & Others).
Charity Law
  • Drafted the governing law document of a new charity and registered it with the Charity Commission
  • Advised a development charity on the duties and powers of its trustees
  • Advised a charity on raising funds for its £1 million rebuilding project
  • Represented a charity in a Charity Commission investigation.
Immigration and Asylum Law
  • Represented clients with family visitor applications
  • Drafted grounds of appeal in a spouse visa application
  • Represented a client in a human rights application to remain in the UK
  • Represented clients in Further Leave to Remain and Indefinite Leave to Remain applications
Languages
  • Native in English and Bengali and proficient in Arabic
Organisations
  • Founding Committee Member, Arab Legal Forum
  • Editor, Young ICCA Blog
  • Member, London Court of International Arbitration Young International Arbitration Group
  • Member, Young Arbitrators Forum of the International Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Young International Council for Commercial Arbitration
  • Associate Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Publications
  • The US$50 billion Yukos award overturned – Enforcement becomes a game of Russian roulette: Kluwer Arbitration Blog
  • Out of the Shadows: Global Arbitration Review
  • Challenging the United Nations’ sanctions before domestic courts: Arab Legal Forum
  • A Guide to the IBA’s Revised Guidelines on Conflicts of Interest: Kluwer Arbitration Blog
  • A Rubik’s cube of ethical rules?: Global Arbitration Review
  • To Forfeit or not to Forfeit? – Enforceability of Forfeiture Clauses in Oil and Gas Joint Operating Agreements (JOA): Kluwer Arbitration Blog
  • Key Changes in the LCIA’s new Arbitration Rules: Kluwer Arbitration Blog
  • Give environment its own court: The Lawyer
  • Spotlight on International Arbitration as a Means of Settling Disputes Arising from Climate Change: Kluwer Arbitration Blog
  • British Virgin Islands: A new arbitration centre in the Caribbean?: Global Arbitration Review
  • How far do the new LCIA Guidelines for Parties’ Legal Representatives and the IBA Guidelines on Party Representation go?: Kluwer Arbitration Blog

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