Lydia Danon

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Lydia Danon is a partner and solicitor advocate with a particular focus on civil fraud and partnership and corporate disputes.

Lydia acts and advises for Claimants and Defendants in relation freezing injunctions, search and seizure and Norwich Pharmacal orders, contempt applications, as well as the underlying substantive claims.

Lydia also undertakes general commercial and corporate disputes including professional negligence claims, with an emphasis on partnership and LLP disputes, team moves, shareholder disputes and breach of contract claims. She has acted on behalf of law firms, investment management funds and their members. Her experience extends to insolvency disputes, including misfeasance claims and those arising out of the Cross-Border Insolvency Regulations 2006.

Lydia is experienced in mediation and arbitration (LCIA, ICC) and frequently works with lawyers and clients in different jurisdictions including Europe, the Middle East and the US.


Lydia read History at Newcastle University before spending one year teaching English at a leading Chinese University. She undertook her Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in London, both with Commendation.

Lydia qualified as a solicitor in 2007 and joined Cooke, Young & Keidan in March 2009.


Lydia was named a Rising Star in commercial litigation and mediation by Thomson Reuters in its London Super Lawyers Lists of 2014 and 2013. The list recognises lawyers who have distinguished themselves in their legal practice and is limited to 2.5% of lawyers working in London.


• Acting for the defendant LLP and its members in a claim to strike off the LLP from the Companies Register due to allegations that the LLP was fraudulently restored to the Register to pursue substantial (US$2 billion) and vexatious litigation in Mexico. The English High Court has described the claim as “extraordinary”.

• Wani LLP v Royal Bank of Scotland Plc and another [2015] EWHC 1181 (Ch): Acting for the Claimant in an application for “late” amendments to its statements of case.

• VTB Bank (Austria) AG v Kombinat Aluminijuma Podgorica AD [2015] EWHC 750 (Ch): acting for the successful respondent in an application to lift a stay of arbitration proceedings pursuant to the Cross-Border Insolvency Regulations 2006.

• M&C Energy Group Ltd v St Cuthberts Mill Ltd [2013] EWCA Civ 935: Acting for the successful appellant in the Court of Appeal. The judgment provides guidance on what amounts to a compelling reason to bring a second appeal.

• JSC BTA Bank v Solodchenko and Ors: acting for a successful Defendant in proceedings relating to one of the largest series of fraud claims brought before the High Court (approximately $5 billion when the claims are taken together) (2010/2011).

• North Shore Ventures Ltd v Anstead Holdings Inc and Ors [2010] EWHC 1485 (Ch); [2011] EWCA Civ 230; and [2012] EWCA Civ 11: Acting for high net worth Russian individuals in the High Court and Court of Appeal defending a multi-party action valued at $55 million in respect of the alleged breaches of a loan agreement, allegations of fraud, enforcement of personal guarantees, freezing injunctions and the disclosure of trust documents. The claims included issues arising Russia, Switzerland, the BVI and Nevis.

• Lydia acted for the Claimant against solicitors in respect of the misappropriation of monies held in escrow and the collapse of a Middle Eastern power project ($40million).

• Lydia successfully acted for political risk insurers in the London Market defending a complex and high value ($15million) arbitration claim brought by an international bank relating to a high profile Kenyan oil scandal.

• Edenbooth Ltd v CRe8 Developments Ltd [2008] ALL ER (D) 20 TCC; (2008) CILL 2592; Lydia acted for the successful Claimant in enforcing an adjudication decision when the Defendant failed to pay.

• Lydia also assisted in defending a Norwich Pharmacal application made in support of high value and high profile proceedings in Mexico.


Lydia is a member of the London Solicitor Litigation Association, the International Bar Association, Young Fraud Lawyers Association and the Association of Partnership Practitioners.