Geoffrey Williams

Excellent advocate." "He knows the field inside out [and is] the go-to for solicitors' disciplinary work

Chambers UK & Legal 500

Geoffrey Williams KC

  • Called in 2013
  • Silk in 2003

Regulatory & Disciplinary

Geoffrey has vast experience of both defending and prosecuting professionals before their disciplinary bodies.

Geoffrey regularly appears before the High Court in appeals from first instance decisions of such bodies and in particular has appeared in many of the leading cases in the Solicitors’ jurisdiction.

Geoffrey has particular experience of representing Accountants and Chartered Surveyors and has also appeared in healthcare jurisdictions.

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Notable Cases

T. Ballard v SRA (2017)
The leading authority on the question of Solicitors purporting to represent clients as McKenzie Friends and/or Exempt Persons.

A. Sancheti v SRA (2017)
The independence and impartiality of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal re-confirmed and the criteria for voluntary absence of a Respondent.

R. S. F. Scott v SRA (2016)
The leading authority upon the meaning of lack of integrity when alleged against Solicitors.

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Emele v Solicitors Regulation Authority (2016)
The proper approach to allegations against Solicitors’ employees under S43 Solicitors Act 1974.

R. S. Bains v SRA (2014)
Dishonesty with respect to clients’ funds justifying a striking off.

G. S. Blakey v SRA (2014)
The fact that a Court Order was not sealed did not justify non-compliance by a Solicitor.

E. W. Ellis-Carr v SRA (2014)
The relevance of an undisturbed conviction many years ago to the refusal to restore a struck off Solicitor. The relevance of non-compliance with procedural Orders in such proceedings.

Giambrone v SRA (2014)
The first disciplinary case involving a Registered European Lawyer.

Ebhogiaye v SRA (2013)
The appropriate test for the imposition of Practising Certificate conditions.

Adeeko v SRA (2012)
The importance of book keeping obligations.

Agyeman v SRA (2012)
The proper approach of SDT when considering costs orders.

Hugh Bryant v SRA (2012)
The relevance of personal circumstances to the imposition of Practising Certificate conditions.

Gurpinar v SRA (2012)
The proper approach of SDT when dealing with absent Respondents.

Iqbal v SRA (2012)
The extension of Bolton principles to the issue of competence. Also the inference to be drawn where a professional person fails to give evidence in disciplinary proceedings.

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Appointments & Memberships

  • London Commercial & Common Law Bar Association

Directory Quotes

Geoffrey Williams KC is listed as a leading silk for professional discipline in both Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500.

‘Tactically astute, his spare style of advocacy makes it easy for tribunals to agree with him. The safest pair of hands out there.’ Chambers UK 2024

‘Very experienced in legal and surveyors’ regulatory work; he runs cases in an economic way and it makes them more persuasive.’ Chambers UK 2024

‘A phenomenal practitioner. He has the respect of the clients, opponents, and the tribunal.’ Legal 500 2024

“Geoffrey is meticulous in his preparation; he is an excellent advocate and an excellent strategist who makes things simple.”

“Geoff Williams is always punctual with his advice.” Chambers UK 2023

Excellent advocate – presents complex matters in a spare and simple way increasing the chances of success. Excellent strategist. Very approachable but realistic and good with clients.’ Legal 500 2023

“He knows the field inside out, and takes a very sensible and pragmatic approach to get the desired result without going over the top.” “The go-to for solicitors’ disciplinary work.” Chambers UK 2021

One of the best barristers for solicitors disciplinary cases – he knows the field inside out and knows what makes tribunals tick.” Legal 500 2020

“Very knowledgeable.” “Extremely experienced.”
Recent work: Acted for the SRA in a High Court appeal by a solicitor who failed to pay a Legal Ombudsman’s award on the basis that he was acting as a ‘McKenzie friend’.
Chambers UK 2019

Respected silk who is noted for his proficiency in the field of solicitors’ regulation. He regularly acts on behalf of regulators, such as the SRA, and is developing a highly respected defence-side practice. He wins the praise of peers for his first-rate advocacy.

Strengths: “He embodies good judgement and always knows where to draw the line.” “He knows everything there is to know about solicitors’ regulation. His slow, measured, calm delivery can really hold a tribunal’s attention.”
Chambers UK 2017

A highly seasoned practitioner, who is particularly adept at handling disciplinary proceedings affecting solicitors. He is well known for his skill in handling appearances both in the higher courts and before professional bodies, where his “very straightforward, measured and pragmatic” style proves highly effective.

Strengths: “He is very knowledgeable on SRA matters and combines a practical and thorough approach with considerable experience in this field.” “He is very articulate and has a nice manner: a class act.”
Chambers UK 2017

‘Incredibly thorough, incredibly hard working and incredibly knowledgeable.’
Legal 500

‘The Patriarch of Solicitors’ regulation.’
Legal 500

‘A pre-eminent figure, intellectually impressive and authoritative. An out and out advocate with sound judgment.’
Legal 500

‘His no-nonsense, straightforward and professional manner is hugely impressive.’
Legal 500

‘An absolute bruiser – opposing counsel are getting into the ring with a heavyweight’.
Legal 500 2018




  • The Guide to the Professional Conduct of Chartered Surveyors.

Personal Interests

Geoffrey enjoys watching cricket, racing and Pontypool RFC.