Lesley Timms

Partner | London

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Lesley is a partner in the litigation and arbitration team.

Recognised in Legal 500 as a Next Generation Partner, Lesley has developed a broad commercial practice with a focus on complex contractual disputes, mostly with an international aspect. She has acted both in the High Court and in international arbitrations under the LMAA, ICC and LCIA Rules in a variety of sectors including fashion, food and wine, pharmaceutical, cryptocurrency and construction. Lesley has been involved in a number of leading cases and has developed an expertise in interim relief applications such as Worldwide Freezing Orders, but she also encourages early dispute resolution which has resulted in her leading a number of successful mediations as well.

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, distributors and Commercial Agents or Principals. Lesley regularly advises start-up companies on their contractual arrangements and any risks with a view to avoiding future litigation.

As part of her broad commercial practice, Lesley also regularly advises on issues of corporate and personal insolvency and restructuring.

Lesley is a fluent Italian speaker and is passionate about continuing Withers' long tradition of helping Italian individuals and businesses with interests or claims in the UK.

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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.