Lesley Timms

Partner | London

Client Services Contact Federica Spagnoletti


Track record

Obtaining judgement

Advising on Obtaining judgement

Judgement, global enforcement and asset recovery

Advising on, and obtaining a €172 million judgement against the high profile financier, Lars Windhorst and his group of companies and subsequently leading and coordinating the global enforcement and asset recovery efforts in the Netherlands, Germany, the US, Switzerland and England.

Commercial Agent

Representing a Commercial Agent in the English High Court against the well-known Australian fashion brand, Lee Mathews, in its claim for compensation and pipeline commissions pursuant to Regulation 8 and 18 of the Commercial Agency Regulations, following which the Commercial Agent was awarded in excess of £1.2m.

Global enforcement and asset recovery

Coordinating and executing global enforcement and asset recovery efforts on behalf of Mrs Akhmedova against Mr Akhmedov following a £450 million award on divorce, the largest made by the English High Court at the time. This involved successfully obtaining a Worldwide Freezing Order against Mr Akhmedov, getting judgement to lift the corporate veil of his sham companies, seizing his super-yacht in Dubai, his jet in Germany and his helicopter in the Isle of Man. We also brought proceedings in the Marshall Islands where the superyacht was flagged, obtained 1782 disclosure orders in the US and pursued claims in Liechtenstein and Switzerland where Mr Akhmedov held bank accounts.

LCIA arbitration

Acting for an Italian construction and manufacturing company in an LCIA Arbitration against a Southern African main contractor in respect of a claim for breach of contract and delay, ultimately resulting in an amicable and commercial settlement.

Defence of former employee

Successfully defending a former employee of Marathon Asset Management, a well-known London based asset management firm in a £30 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. Whilst liability was found against the employee in certain limited respects, he was ordered to pay just £1 in damages and costs were awarded in his favour.

Italian Formula 1 aerodynamics testing company

Acting for an Italian Formula 1 aerodynamics testing company in its defence of an £18 million claim brought by 1 Malaysia Racing Team for breach of various intellectual property rights. Liability was admitted, but the defence was nonetheless a success because the damages ordered were less than £25,000 and costs were therefore awarded against the Claimant due to a well-place and tactical settlement offer having been made early on in the litigation.

Excalibur, Texas Keystone and Gulf Petroleum litigation

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.