Lesley Timms

Partner | London

Lesley is a partner in the litigation and arbitration team.

She has developed a broad commercial practice with a focus on complex contractual disputes, and has been involved in numerous mediations, arbitrations and High Court cases where she has acted in a number of leading cases.

Lesley is co-chair of the firm’s international brands and fashion group, which focuses on developing, maintaining and protecting a client’s brand and reputation. She often works with eponymous founders, senior creative professionals, commercial agencies and distributors (for both agents and principals). Lesley regularly advises start-up companies on their contractual arrangements and any risks with a view to avoiding the risk of future litigation.

As part of her broad commercial practice, Lesley also regularly advises on issues of company and personal insolvency, including liquidations, bankruptcy and Company Voluntary Arrangements (CVA’s).

She is a fluent Italian speaker and is passionate about helping Italian individuals and businesses with interests in the UK continuing Withers’ long Italian tradition, and works closely with colleagues in our Italian offices.

Secretary Federica Spagnoletti


Lesley is a skilled, measured and diligent litigation partner. She was able to give clear, considered and good guidance throughout a complex case against a litigious and emotionally volatile opposing party. She worked well with her team and with counsel, and successfully guided me through a mediation process which helped to settle the case.

Founder and senior executive - Management Consultancy, specialising in growth and innovation

Lesley, a super bright and energetic person, is wonderfully clear and concise. Because of this she is able to get us to understand and appreciate the nub of any situation, however complex. She strikes exactly the right balance between giving us her informed advice and taking on board our various viewpoints. Her strength is her ability to communicate so clearly and, as a result, she has earned our complete trust.

Glynis Murray, Braham and Murray Ltd

Thank you for the tremendous work and dedication put into my case which has been outstanding throughout the process from a professional perspective and very sympathetic from a human and emotional point of view, which in a challenging period of my life has been equally important and appreciated.


Lesley Timms is clearly going to be star partner in the coming years. She is totally unflappable, and has outstanding commercial judgment.

Legal 500 UK, 2021

Lesley Timms is an excellent commercial litigator with a strong focus on Italy and Italian clients. Her approach to dispute resolution is wise and measured and she is very good with clients.

Legal 500 UK, 2021

Lesley Timms is thorough, hardworking and dedicated to her clients.

Legal 500 UK, 2020

Lesley has deservedly been promoted to partnership – she is hardworking and dedicated to securing the best result for her clients.

Legal 500 UK, 2020

Track record




Acting for a former employee of Marathon Asset Management, a well-known London based asset management firm in a multi-million pound claim for, amongst other things, Wrotham Park Damages for misuse of confidential information and for conspiring with other employees to damage Marathon’s business by preparing to compete in a start-up competitor as part of a team move.

Acting for an Italian Formula 1 aerodynamics testing company in a claim brought by a Formula 1 team for breach of intellectual property rights.

Acting at first instance and on appeal for a third party funder in respect of a Section 51 non-party costs application made by the successful defendants in the high profile, high value litigation between Excalibur, Texas Keystone and Gulf Petroleum.

England and Wales, 2008

Civil procedure, Bar Association of Foggia and Lucera conference, panel speaker

‘English Courts Possess Powerful Tools for U.S. Litigation,’ Today’s General Counsel, March 2019, co-author

Member of the London Court of International Arbitration LCIA (Young International Lawyers Group)

London Solicitors Litigation Association

Financial Services Lawyers Association

British Italian Law Association

Me in a minute

I enjoy finding a way out of a seemingly impossible situation

My favourite part of the job, and the reason why I enjoy doing it so much, is solving a problem and finding a way out of a seemingly impossible situation.



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