William Godwin QC
3 Hare Court Chambers London
William Godwin is a practising barrister (Queen’s Counsel) and arbitrator at 3 Hare Court Chambers in London specialising in commercial and construction law. He has been advising and acting for Chinese parties in international arbitrations and related court applications in a wide range of matters since 1998. William is also an arbitration panel member of CIETAC, Shanghai International Arbitration Centre and Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration, as well as Dubai International Arbitration Centre and Mauritius MARC. He was legal member of the FIDIC Updates Task Group responsible for drafting the new 2017 editions of the three main FIDIC construction contracts.
A visiting lecturer in law at City, University of London, William has also been a visiting lecturer in Chinese arbitration at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University, and has given lectures at universities in Chongqing and Beijing. He writes and speaks widely on arbitration, commercial and construction topics, including, in 2006, having a textbook published in Beijing in the Chinese language.
William is a graduate of University College London (first class) and Oxford University (PhD) and is a director of the Great Britain China Centre, a UK government body which exists to promote greater co-operation and sharing of knowledge between the UK and China in legal matters.