Sir William Blair graduated from Oxford University, and practised at the English Bar where he specialised in the law of banking and finance, appearing and advising in many domestic and international disputes and matters.
He became a Queen’s Counsel in 1994, and was Chairman of the Commercial Bar Association between 2003 and 2005.
He was appointed a High Court Judge in England and Wales in 2008. He became President of the Board of Appeal of European Supervisory Authorities in 2012. He has been Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court in London since 2016.
He is a member of London’s Financial Markets Law Committee, and chairs the Monetary Law Committee of the International Law Association (MOCOMILA), which brings together leading people in the financial law field.
He is a founder member of the expert working group of the China and UK judiciary on commercial dispute resolution set up in 2016.
He is a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics (LSE), and a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS).