Rail lawyer joins Cripps Harries Hall

A former deputy director for the Office of the Rail Regulator has joined Kent firm Cripps Harries Hall as a corporate partner.

Stephen Williams was a property partner at Linklaters & Alliance between 1988 and 1999, during which time he worked on the British Rail privatisation. He subsequently joined US real estate company ProLogis Trust as European in-house counsel. Williams completed a six-month contract before moving to the Rail Regulator, where he took up a policy role developing a response to the competition act.

He says: “I decided that I had done what I could there and was quite keen to develop my competition law experience in private practice.”

At Cripps Harries Hall Williams will work on corporate and commercial instructions, PFI, competition and other regulatory matters.

Williams says: “It is a very forward-looking firm, but small enough to operate as a true partnership. I wanted to experience that and to work as part of a small department.”