Biographical note: William Blair

William BlairSir William (Bill) Blair graduated from Oxford University, and practised at the English Bar where he specialised in the law of banking and finance, becoming a Queen's Counsel in 1994.  He was Chairman of the Commercial Bar Association between 2003 and 2005, and is a Visiting Professor at both the London School of Economics and the Centre for Commercial Law Studies.  He has written and spoken widely on legal subjects, particularly on finance and the law, most recently as co-author of Banks and Financial Crime which was published by the Oxford University Press in 2008.  He serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, and chairs the Monetary Law Committee of the International Law Association.  He became Chairman of the Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Tribunal in 2006.  He was appointed a Judge of the Queen's Bench Division in England and Wales in 2008, being one of the nominated judges who sit in the Commercial Court.