“Lydia, a solicitor-advocate, specialises in high–value, complex domestic and international litigation and arbitration. Lydia has been recognised as a London “Rising Star” by Thomson Reuters in the fields of commercial litigation and mediation, and is known for her pragmatic, commercial advice.”
Lydia’s practice focusses on fraud, partnership and corporate disputes. She regularly provides tactical advice on interim measures including injunctions and disclosure orders as well as advising on claims of deceit, conspiracy, breach of fiduciary duties and trust, dishonest assistance, misappropriation and fraudulent misrepresentation.
Lydia advises LPs and LLPs in the financial and professional services sectors on team moves, enforcing/resisting restrictive covenants, forced retirement and breach of duty disputes. Her corporate disputes work includes breaches of shareholder agreements, misfeasance, derivative actions and minority shareholder disputes.
Her clients include multi-nationals, investment funds, law firms, members/partners, SMEs and high net worth individuals. Lydia has an international practice with clients based in the US, Central America, Europe, the CIS and the Middle East.
Lydia read History at Newcastle University before spending a 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. She qualified as a solicitor in 2007 and joined Cooke, Young & Keidan in March 2009.
Lydia regularly speaks at industry conferences, most recently in London on “Funds Disputes and Partnership Law”.
What the legal directories say
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.
Lydia is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales, London Solicitor Litigation Association, International Bar Association, Commercial Fraud Lawyers Associates, Association of Partnership Practitioners and Russia and CIS Arbitration Network (RCAN).
Cases of Note
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.
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).
North Shore Ventures Ltd v Anstead Holdings Inc and Ors  EWHC 1485 (Ch);  EWCA Civ 230; and  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.
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).
M&C Energy Group Ltd v St Cuthberts Mill Ltd  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.
VTB Bank (Austria) AG v Kombinat Aluminijuma Podgorica AD  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.
Wani LLP v Royal Bank of Scotland Plc and another  EWHC 1181 (Ch): Acting for the Claimant in an application for “late” amendments to its statements of case.
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 “exceptional”.