Lesley Timms > Withers LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Withers LLP
20 Old Bailey

Living Wage

Work Department

Litigation and Arbitration


Lesley trained with Withers and became a member of the Commercial Litigation team in 2009. In her 12 years at Withers, she has developed a broad commercial practice with a focus on complex contractual disputes. She is a fluent Italian speaker and is passionate about helping Italian individuals and businesses with interests in the UK as part of her ambition to continue developing Withers’ long Italian tradition. Lesley has been involved in numerous mediations, arbitrations and High Court cases where she has acted in a number of leading cases.

Lesley co-heads the Withers Luxury Brands Special Interest Group, which focuses on developing, maintaining and protecting a client’s brand. She therefore regularly advises start-up companies on their contractual arrangements and any risks with a view to avoiding the risk of future litigation. She has also developed a particular experience in commercial agency and distribution arrangements. 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).





Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market

(Next Generation Partners)

Lesley TimmsWithers LLP

Withers LLP‘s commercial litigation practice covers asset recovery and enforcement work, contract and company disputes, financial services claims, fraud, and white-collar defence and investigations. The team also acts in professional negligence, insurance, and restructuring and insolvency-related litigation. Global dispute resolution CEO Peter Woodalways attracts the big cases and the big clients‘; Roberto Moruzzi is a renowned international commercial litigator; and Tatiana Menshenina is experienced in disputes involving Russia, Ukraine and the CIS. Also key to the practice, Andrew Wass acts in financial mis-selling claims; and civil fraud head Stephen Ross is ‘great with clients‘; Eleni Polycarpou co- heads the firm’s international arbitration group; Lesley Timms is ‘an excellent lawyer‘; and Sinead Harris is a specialist in disputes involving contentious insolvency, fraud, asset recovery, and enforcement issues. Financial services disputes partner Henry Farris joined from Mishcon de Reya LLP in March 2023.