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William is an English-qualified legal adviser who began his career with an English firm in Paris, before moving to work in Monaco in 1981. He has not left the principality since, becoming a partner with the firm Frere Cholmeley Bischoff, later Eversheds and then Lawrence Graham.
William managed the firms' Monaco office for many years, and also took over management for the firms' offices in Barcelona, Rome and Milan. Renowned for his expertise in advising individuals on private international law matters, he continues to be recognised as one of the leading private client legal advisers in Monaco.
In 2012, William set up Tempest with partner Nathalie Tanzi, dedicated to giving specialist international advice on non-contentious matters to both private clients and organisations. William’s own practice focuses on private client work for individuals of all nationalities, including entrepreneurs, sports personalities, investors, hedge fund managers, brokers and Single Family Offices.
As well as advising on relocation to Monaco, he also assists with wills and estate planning in a multi-jurisdictional context; matters of capacity and guardianship; and the use of trusts.
William advises the Monaco Government in his role as an original member of the specially-formed Strategic Commission created by His Serene Highness Prince Albert 11 in 2011 to advise on matters that attract individuals to live and work in Monaco, such as finance, real estate, quality of life and shipping/yachting.
He also sat on the Monaco Government Commission that assisted with the adhesion of Monaco to “The 1985 Hague Convention on the Law Applicable to Trusts and on their Recognition”, which occurred in 2008.
William is a British citizen and speaks fluent English and French. He is a member of the Law Society of England & Wales, the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners, and is Chairman of the Institute of Directors’ Monaco centre.