J William Rowley QC

J William Rowley QC
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Bill Rowley was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1970 and subsequently in other jurisdictions. Appointed Queen's Counsel in 1983, he was elected chairman of McMillan LLP in 1996 and chairman emeritus and special counsel on his retirement from the partnership in 2009. He relinquished the latter roles in 2014. Founded in 1903, McMillan is one of Canada's leading law firms. He joined 20 Essex Street Chambers in 2002. 20 Essex Street is one of England's pre-eminent and longest-established sets of chambers practising in the international arbitration field in both commercial and public international law.

Born in Lindfield, Sussex, in 1943, and educated at Trinity College School; Carleton University (1961-1965); he received his LLB (magna cum laude and gold medalist) from the University of Ottawa (1965-1968), where he was editor-in-chief of the Ottawa Law Review. Prior to joining McMillan he served as a law clerk to the Supreme Court of Canada (the Hon Mr Justice Roland A Ritchie) and special assistant to the director (now commissioner) of the Canadian Competition Bureau.

His practice at the Bar has involved all aspects of international commercial law, including competition, contracts, banking, oil industry, insurance, corporate governance and arbitration law and practice. He is recommended in all European and North American expert guides, and is a noted author and frequent speaker in the field.

Mr Rowley is chairman of the editorial board of Global Arbitration Review (GAR), general editor of The GAR Guide to Energy Arbitrations, GAR’s Guide to Challenges and Enforcement of Arbitration Awards and founding editor of Arbitration World (The European Lawyer Reference Series, 2004-2012). He is recommended by Legal Business Arbitration Report, GAR, The New Peacekeepers, Chambers UK, WWL and Chambers & Partners.

WWL says: William Rowley QC continues to be “an arbitrator in demand” and is regarded to be “one of the very best” in the international market.

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