William E Gatward

Year of Call: 2009
1999 Alberta
1980 Ontario

Education:

  • 2010 LLM in Criminal Law, Kings College London
  • 1977-78 LLB and BCL, McGill University
  • 1974 BA University of Toronto

Areas of work:

Bill has been a criminal trial counsel for over 35 years, both as a full-time prosecutor and defence counsel. He has appeared at all levels of trial court, in English and French, in Ontario and Alberta. From 2000 to 2008, Bill was a senior member of the Crown Prosecutors Office in Edmonton. His cases included murders, serious sexual assaults and a wide range of criminal and provincial offences. Bill was active in professional organisations such as the Canadian Bar Association, instructed in criminal practice at the Alberta Bar Admission Course, and provided advice and legal training to Edmonton area RCMP officers.

In 2008, Bill came to the UK for LLM studies and decided to stay. After pupillage at 4 Breams Buildings he joined chambers in 2011 and is a member of the Management Committee. Bill appears in courts throughout London and the South East. Bill frequently prosecutes probation cases, has experience with lifer review advocacy, is a Level 2 CPS agent, and is qualified for Public Access work.

Interests include his tree farm in Southern Ontario and languages (fluent in French, speaks basic Italian and Spanish, and has completed Beginner Mandarin at City Lit).

Some Recent and Current Cases:

R v H (Nov 2015 warned list at Woolwich) - defending one of three men charged with Robbery, False Imprisonment and ABH;

R v Page (June 2015 warned list at Lewes) - prosecuting cab robbery;

R v N (Apr 2015 WL at Wood Green) - defending four counts of benefit fraud;

R v St Michaels (Feb 2015 at Snaresbrook) - prosecuted employee theft from Tesco with detailed use of CCTV evidence;

R v B and another (Jan 2015 at Wood Green) - successful half-time application as defence counsel in a case of ABH and Affray;

R v Leahy (Dec 2014 at Snaresbrook) - prosecuted Pervert Course of Justice;

R v McKain (Dec 2014 at Isleworth) - prosecuted a home invasion burglary. After trial defendant sentenced to 10 years;

R v Christodoulou and Pantelli (Oct 2014 at Wood Green) - prosecuted Concerned in Production of Cannabis;

R v Worley (Sept 2014 at Isleworth) - Aggravated Burglary and ABH prosecution;

R v Guimbeau (Apr 2014 at Isleworth) - prosecuted and secured a guilty plea on the trial date in a 3.3 kg cocaine importation case from Heathrow;

R v N (2013 at Maidstone) - successfully opposed CPS confiscation claim for a beneficial interest in a house registered to the client's partner;

Memberships:

Professional memberships include the Criminal Bar Association and the South East Circuit.

News

James Dick appointed as Rape List Counsel
Congratulations to Jim Dick on his successful application to join the Rape and Serious Sexual Abuse Panel Counsel list. Chambers are delighted to see a valuable addition to the strong team of Rape List Counsel at 9KBW.

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Julian Jones and John Ojakovoh appointed as Serious Fraud Office Panel Counsel
Chambers are delighted to announce that following their successful applications, Julian Jones has joined panel A and John Ojakovoh Panel B of SFO External Counsel. Many congratulations to both of them.

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9 KBW OIC Roadshow and Mock Trials feature in The Times
Chambers highly successful Roadshow and Mock Trial programme was featured in an article by “The Brief” on August 9th 2017. The article outlined the growth of the Roadshow from birth to present day and showcased the work our tireless team undertake in the training of police Officers.

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John Ojakovoh instructed in cyber crime case
John Ojakovoh has been instructed to prosecute in R v Esteves at Blackfriars Crown Court

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Tom Aitken joins the 9KBW Team
Chambers are delighted to announce that, from August 7th 2017, Tom Aitken will be joining 9KBW as a tenant following his third six Pupillage with us.

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