William Richmond-Coggan

The co-ordinator of the firm’s in-house advocacy provision, Will is a solicitor advocate with higher rights of audience and has considerable experience of litigating in the High Court and at Court of Appeal level. He is the Chair of the Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates and represents the interests of solicitor advocates across England and Wales. He contributes frequently to the national and regional media and his specialisms include Reputation and Media Disputes, Data Privacy and Internet Security, Contentious Trust and Probate Work and Commercial Dispute Resolution (often in the technology or financial sectors and for a wide range of domestic and multi-national clients).

Will is a regular and highly-regarded speaker for MBL Seminars, one of the leading national learning and professional development suppliers. For more details of his future seminars and talks, please follow this link.

Special interests





Will obtained a Law degree from Oxford University and then undertook the Bar Vocational Course in London before qualifying as a barrister. He subsequently dual-qualified as a solicitor advocate while working at a London solicitors firm before making the move to Pitmans in 2007. He became a partner in 2013.

Recent matters

Will regularly appears in Court on behalf of clients on a wide range of high value and complex disputes. Recently, these have included:

  • Acting for three of the Defendants in Brooke & others v Purton & others [2014] EWHC 547 (Ch) a chancery case involving the rectification of a Will;
  • Representing the Defendants in a preliminary trial as to liability over the ownership of a company in Tomlinson & others v Pickup & others [2014] EWHC 4495 (Ch); and
  • Appearing before Sir David Eady in the Queen’s Bench Division for the Claimant in Bussey & another v Page [2015] EWHC 563 (QB) the first successful claim in this jurisdiction in respect of a defamatory online review.


The Persistence of Internet Memory - UPDATED 30 May 2014

Defamation: Act Now! 20 August 2014

Solicitor-advocates are the way to go 29 September 2014

Connected cars: a cyber-security nightmare on wheels 22 December 2014

Warning letter to pupils about abusive Facebook messages - being posted online by their parents 27 February 2015

Landmark win in fake online review defamation case 11 March 2015

Landmark defamation decision over fake online review 11 March 2015

Legal Briefing: Defamation (Operators of Websites) Regulations 2013 14 July 2015

No free will, when it comes to wills? 30 July 2015

Right to be forgotten—a global approach? 15 October 2015


Contact William Richmond-Coggan

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