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 SPA warranty claims, misfeasance, derivative actions and unfair prejudice petitions.

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.

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

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

especially capable….and noted for her forensic discipline” Legal 500 2018, Partnership

“very bright and client-focused” Legal 500 2018, Financial Services

Lydia was also 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.

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.

Publications, articles and seminars

Lydia regularly speaks at industry conferences, most recently in London on:

  • Funds Disputes and Partnership Law” (Knect 365)
  • Social media in litigation” (MoloLamken Litigation Summit 2018)
  • Developments in the tort of conspiracy” (CDR Autumn Litigation Symposium 2018)
  • “Adverse Costs & Litigation Funding” (Knect 365 – India Disputes)
  • Law Firm Efficiency and Case Management” (MoloLamken Litigation Summit 2019)

Her publications include:

  • “Claims of a false and misleading case” – The Law Society Gazette (December 2018)
  • Pleading fraud: getting your facts straight” – IBA – International Litigation News (September 2019)

Cases of Note

  • Ang v Reliantco Investments Ltd [2019] EWHC 879 (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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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 [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.

  • 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 [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.

  • 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.

  • Re Infund LLP: [2018] EWHC 1306 (Ch) – 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.