Sir William Blair (Bill) graduated from Oxford University, and practised at the English Bar where he specialised in the law of banking and finance, appearing and advising in many domestic and international disputes and matters.
He became a Queen’s Counsel in 1994, and was Chairman of the Commercial Bar Association between 2003 and 2005.
He served as Chairman of the Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Tribunal until March 2011.
He was appointed a High Court Judge in England and Wales in 2008, and became President of the Board of Appeal of the European Supervisory Authorities, a EU body, in 2012.
Bill is a member of London’s Financial Markets Law Committee.
He chairs the Monetary Law Committee of the International Law Association (MOCOMILA), which brings together leading people in the financial law field.
Bill is a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics (LSE). Peking University (PKU) and East China University of Political Science and Law (ECUPL).
He was a judge in London’s Commercial Court between 2008 and 2017, becoming Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court in 2016. His work includes the establishment of the Financial List in 2015, and the setting up of the Standing International Forum of Commercial Courts in 2017.
He is the chair of the informal Law and Ethics in Finance Project which seeks to promote standards in the financial sector.
In 2017, Bill was appointed Professor of Financial Law and Ethics at Queen Mary University of London, based at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies.