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Testimonials - Bill Wilson


Successful defence of Senior Director of Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) – Fraud, Money Laundering, Bribery & Corruption – Bill Wilson - November 2019.

Bill Wilson was recommended to me by a close friend in the legal profession. It was the best recommendation I could have asked for. Bill is an exceptional criminal lawyer, who quickly was able to familiarise himself with what was a complex Banking sector case which included allegations of Money Laundering, Bribery & Corruption and Fraud. Bill is very methodical in the way that he broke down the case and tactically and strategically negated every point that was alleged.
As a lawyer, Bill is both savvy and articulate and with his vast experience of these kinds of cases, considers every conceivable avenue to explore and leverage for the benefit of his clients. He is relentless in his work and over the two years Bill represented me, he was always available to me in my many hours of need. I owe Bill a huge debt of gratitude and we will remain lifelong friends of that I am sure.

Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Investigation and subsequent Trial – Successful Defence – Bill Wilson – August 2019.

Before my case with the FCA I had not even been inside a Court let alone a Trial. So, when the FCA instructed me to attend their premises with a solicitor for an interview under caution, I was almost certain I would be charged. I was in total shock and I had no idea what to do.
I was recommended by another solicitor to make contact with Bill. I vividly remember my first contact with Bill by telephone. His voice has that re-assuring quality about it. I knew straight away I was in good hands. Thereafter he was literally by my side throughout the most difficult time of my life, advising, instructing, supporting, encouraging and sustaining my will to defend myself.
I owe him and his handpicked legal team my life. I cannot thank him enough!

General Medical Council – Successful reversal of decision to refer to a Fitness to Practice Hearing – Bill Wilson - May 2019.

We cannot thank Bill enough for the hard work he put into our case. He was able to grasp the complex facts which surround imaging very quickly and succinctly rectified the misunderstanding by Case Examiners. What a result! Without doubt this relieved a huge degree of pressure from both of us.

General Medical Council – Successful Restoration to Medical Register – Bill Wilson – March 2019.

Bill represented me on my GMC restoration case. Clearly, he has great experience in the healthcare sector and his expertise helped shape my case along the way. He’s been so kind, approachable, trustworthy, supportive of my vision and he was always there when I needed him. Nothing was too much trouble. I am very, very grateful to him. His communications were always timely, helpful and wise and his friendly comforting approach made everything seem a little bit easier, at one of the most stressful times in my life. I cannot thank him enough for his invaluable support. His professionalism and commitment to provide high quality service to his clients were well above my expectation and I would certainly recommend him to any members of my profession who may need his expertise.

Police Investigation – Football Coach – Bill Wilson – February 2019.

What a relief. So pleased, to have instructed Bill and both my wife and I were so grateful for all his help and the time he spent with our matter. Cannot thank him enough.

Drug Offences, Money Laundering – Bill Wilson – October 2017

It is hard to find the words to convey our thanks and gratitude for all that you have done to help with this ghastly situation, particularly for always being so available to talk when most needed. You have been a friend indeed!

Representing ex-Police Officer - MOPAC (Mayor for London: Office for Policing & Crime) – Bill Wilson – September 2017.

I recently had my last employer (Metropolitan Police) try to make a case for forfeiture of my pension. I had been paying into this pension for almost 12.5 years. However, after being dismissed for Gross Misconduct, the Metropolitan Police went after my pension.

I was referred to Bankside Law Solicitors through a family friend. I spoke to someone called Bill Wilson, he gave me good advice on the phone and then had a consultation with me face to face. Bill promptly got a letter drafted and sent off to MOPAC (The department who were seeking to have my pension forfeited).

On receiving the letter from Bill, MOPAC decided not to proceed with the pension forfeiture.
Bill showed me respect and care throughout the handling of my case and made it easy for me to speak with him.
Bill is both professional and friendly. I highly recommend Bankside Law Solicitors, but in particular I highly recommend Bill.

Consultant Gynaecologist – GMC Investigation – November 2016

I am emailing to recommend Mr. Bill Wilson for his remarkable help, exceptional patience, candid advice, thorough approach and immediate attention during the General Medical Council Investigation I have been through over more than 3 years.

He was always available for discussion beyond the expected role, even when not at the office and even when at home or on leave. He was flexible enough to accommodate my preferences, whilst making his own opinion clear.

He has been extremely supportive, and consistently so, during a very difficult time, which helped me getting though the lengthy process. I am most grateful to him for this beyond description and would wholeheartedly recommend him for those unfortunate enough to have to go through a similar investigation.

Consultant – GMC Interim Orders Tribunal – November 2016 – Bill Wilson .

I wanted to express my gratitude for your efforts and dedication for my case. It is really hard to make someone who doesn’t know you believe that you are innocent but you still put all your efforts in clearing my name. I am grateful to you that you took all the stress and restored everything out for me. Your faith, knowledge and determination were something that solves my worries.

General Medical Practitioner – Indemnity Cover – October 2016 – Bill Wilson.

Professional Medical Indemnity cover held by all GP's is ever more at risk as MDO's react to escalating liability exposure. Unexpected loss of cover for the individual GP may be individually unfair but who can help you with remedying the situation? How do you represent yourself regarding complex issues to a MDO. The process can be an opaque one at times.

Mr Bill Wilson is an experienced lawyer in the field of regulatory healthcare including General Practice.

His quick grasp of complex issues, understanding of the regulatory environment, sharp eye for detail and talent for spotting the important areas to address are very reassuring qualities that are not so easy to find. Discussing your situation with Bill may find a way forward which others have overlooked.

Incorporating Bill's ideas into my approach resolved an unfairness, the remedy for which had stalled for nearly a year with other approaches.

Money Laundering Case

"You hear many horror stories about Solicitors, however I can truly say that Bill Wilson was professional, easy to talk to and explained things in an everyday language without using legal jargon. Bill conducted his work in a timely manner and always communicated the facts with the minimum amount of fuss. I would have no hesitation in recommending Bankside Law to anybody who needed legal assistance.

I must also mention Miss Sarah Wood, Barrister from 5 St Andrews Hill, concerning how excellent she put the case over to the Judge. At the end of the trial, the Judge complimented Sarah on how well she had presented her case.  

Bill, “Out of the depths of a battle a warrior is forged but heroes and friends are found in many unlikely places!” Thank you, again. "

Doctor Defence on a Criminal Crown Court Case involving an allegation of a sexual assualt on a patient

“As a client of Bill's in my recent very serious case, I felt tremendous support from him even on our first meeting and this has remained until this day. Nothing was a bother to him and he was always available to answer any fears or queries no matter how small .He explained every step of the legal process in a very reassuring and calm way and left no stone unturned to achieve the positive result for a very complex case. I would thoroughly recommend Bill to be your guiding light in what may be the darkest journey of your life .Thanks again Bill”.

Doctor Defence in a GMC Investigation

"Having just been through the torrid experience of a GMC investigation which seemed to go on forever I must praise Bill Wilson and Bankside Law for the consummate professionalism and humanity granted to me in a successful defence of all allegations made. It was a very difficult time for me and made much easier by the support, attention to detail and realistic predictions of the likely outcome at every stage of the procedures. I shall be eternally indebted and grateful for all of the kindness, understanding, thoroughness, advice and care at the highest level."

Speech and Language Therapist before Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)

“Bill thank you, for all the help and support in achieving a remarkable result!” (Client) Our Client’s mother also commented:  “I wanted to thank you for your assistance and professionalism in regard to this case. I know she felt encouraged by your manner and had confidence in your ability to assist her in obtaining a positive outcome. Thank you also for instructing Rad (Kohanzad, Serjeants Inn) to represent her at the hearing. His warm manner and softly, softly approach struck the right balance, allowing her to place her trust in him”

Doctor Defence in a GMC Investigation

“I think without your tireless efforts and genuine concern it would not have been possible to have the result we desired! I cannot thank you enough for your dedication and hard work and right from beginning found it very comfortable working along you. You have been a great support and even a friend in many ways and I shall be grateful to you for all my life. I am sure you are busy helping many other doctors now .Good luck and I know they are very lucky to have you on their side.”

Doctor in a Coroner's case

“I would just like to thank both yourself and Jeremy for the excellent support and clarity of your advice, this would have been an entirely different process without your help and input, thank you.”

Managing Director of an international oil company

"I was introduced to the criminal Justice system and all of its complexity, anachronistic and oft draconian consequences, in a structured, caring way by Bill Wilson – Solicitor, Bankside’s Senior Partner and his appointed Counsel. Over a 3.5 years investigation, they were able to guide me through the mire and, by preparing me and my family for the ultimate likely outcomes, minimise my trauma when subsequently being acquainted with Her Majesty’s penal system. By grasping very quickly that the sentencing Judge had made serious errors in law, inter alia biased and misinformed guidance to the Jury, Bankside’s Team was able to secure leave to an appeal hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice. Counsel Peter Lodder Q.C. successfully won the legal argument, which resulted in a substantial reduction of sentence and almost immediate eligibility for my release on license. In addition, by a structured process conducted over several months in HMP’s Wandsworth and Brixton, which involved a diligent defence preparation supported by meticulous collation of supporting documents, an initial preposterous “Benefit Confiscation Calculation” by the Crown was reduced by a million pounds. This assistance and support continued post-release, including dealing with Ministry of Justice support organisations such as probation and other outsourced service providers, which was exacerbated during a period of internal turmoil. This total experience has cumulated into an expansive awareness during a novice’s five year experience of a process which encompassed police and CPS investigations, conditional bail, pre-trial, sentencing, incarceration, then eventual release on license. The result was both psychologically manageable and informative, while dismissing immediately any thoughts of retribution, re-offending or self-harm. I thank and would thoroughly recommend Bankside Law to any individual or corporate client needing legal counsel, personal guidance and / or a roadmap, of how to navigate through the potential minefield that is the British Criminal Justice system.”

Doctor Defence of criminal case

"I want to acknowledge Mr Bill Wilson of Bankside Law my diligent, efficient and learned solicitor  for his professionalism while handling my sexual assault case. The period of time was an extremely uncomfortable and stressful one for me but Mr Wilson made me feel very comfortable and kept me informed about the case every step of the way. His wealth of experience made me feel re-assured each time we discuss the case, and he was always understanding of what I was going through. I found him to be very approachable and he never even once complained that I was always seeking to speak to him. He made the period of the trial as bearable as possible for me. Mr Wilson's choice of barrister was also excellent. I could not have asked of anything or anyone better. I would be proud to refer my family, friends, colleagues and even strangers to him, and I am sure they will be happy with his legal expertise."

Company Director acquittal on large scale arson allegation 

"Now I have had a chance to catch my breath after two and a half years of hell, I wanted to write to thank you for your professionalism, commitment to detail and personal support. I couldn’t have made it through without your constant support and encouragement, over and above what your role required. I shall be forever grateful!

Looking back on my court case, after my acquittal with its unanimous jury verdict of ‘not guilty’, I am more than ever impressed by how you brilliantly steered my case through the procrastinations of the CPS and navigated the incipient and deeply stressful effects of the repeated postponement of the court case. Each time the prosecution sought yet more evidence and although new Prosecution Barristers were instructed to represent them, you worked with our own expert witnesses and Barrister (Jeremy Barton) to address the situation. I am extremely impressed by how you kept on top of the minute detail and specialist forensic evidence, and the way in which you motivated our whole team throughout. Likewise, such was the professionalism of the team that you put together, when the case finally reached court, even the Judge and Prosecuting Barrister requested guidance because of the complexities the case threw up.

As we know, the Prosecution were able to dedicate far more resources than we were at the case and I will always be grateful to you for the way you fought our corner. Without your personal dedication, care and sheer hard work, the outcome may well have been different. I will always be grateful to you."