Lydia, a solicitor-advocate, specialises in highvalue, complex domestic and international litigation and arbitration. Lydia has been recognised as “very bright and client focused” by Legal 500 and known for her pragmatic, commercial advice.

Lydia’s practice focuses on fraud, partnership and corporate disputes. She regularly provides tactical advice on interim measures including freezing injunctions, Norwich Pharmacal and search and seizure 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 breach of contract, SPA warranty claims, misfeasance, derivative actions and unfair prejudice petitions.

Her clients range multi-nationals, investment funds, members/partners, SMEs and high net worth individuals. Lydia has an international practice with clients based in the UK and world-wide.

Background

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.

What the legal directories say

Lydia has an easy and collaborative style which is a great catalyst to case preparation and strategising, and best positions the client for a successful outcome. She gives 100% to her clients and is not fazed by aggressive tactics during hostile litigation” – Ranked “Up and Coming”– Chambers and Partners 2020, Civil Fraud

Lydia Danon is a legend; totalling charming and totally on the ball.” – Ranked “Next Generation Partner” – Legal 500 2020, Commercial Litigation (Premium)

“is an excellent technical lawyer with an understanding of what is important to her clients.”  – Legal 500 2019, Partnership

“praised for her impeccable legal instincts…..”  – Legal 500 2019, Civil Fraud

is very impressive; she breeds confidence with her intelligence, eye for detail and excellent commercial awareness”  – Legal 500 2019, Commercial Litigation

Professional groups

Lydia is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales, London Solicitor Litigation Association, International Bar Association, Commercial Fraud Lawyers Associates and the Association of Partnership Practitioners.

Speaking engagements

Lydia regularly speaks at industry conferences, most recently on:

  • The Finer Points of Navigating International Arbitration: Non-Parties, Depositions and Injunctions” (C5 Fraud, Asset Tracing & Recovery Conference in Miami October 2020)
  • “Case management – the heart of court management in the new millennium” (IBA, India Litigation Symposium: taking reforms to the last mile, Delhi 2020)
  • “Adverse Costs & Litigation Funding” (Knect 365 – India Disputes – 2019)
  • Law Firm Efficiency and Case Management” (MoloLamken Litigation Summit 2019)

Cases of Note

  • Ang v Reliantco Investments Ltd [2019] EWHC 879 (Comm); [2020] EWHC 2529 (Comm); [2020] EWHC 3242 (Comm): acting for the Defendant in an application challenging the jurisdiction of the English Court to hear a claim relating to the alleged wrongful close-out of Bitcoin futures

  • Re Infund LLP: [2018] EWHC 1306 (Ch); [2019] EWCA Civ 1673: Proceedings ancillary to a US$2billion share dispute in Mexico. The English Court considered for the first time the meaning of certain statutory provisions applying to both companies and LLPs in the context of an administrative restoration. The Court determined that it had the power to reverse the restoration of an LLP in certain circumstances.

  • Grove Park Properties Ltd v The Royal Bank of Scotland [2018] EWHC 3521 (Comm): acting for the Claimant in relation to claims that the Bank materially altered a substantial loan agreement without the Claimant’s consent/knowledge.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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).

  • 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).

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