Lesley Timms


Lesley is a partner in the litigation and arbitration team.

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.


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




Advising on Obtaining judgement

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.

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.

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


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.



  • English
  • Italian





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