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Tim Matthewson

Call: 2014   

+44 (0)20 7306 0102tmatthewson@wilberforce.co.uk

Practice Overview

Tim has a very busy commercial chancery practice focussing on civil fraud (with extensive experience of freezing injunctions and other forms of interim relief), company and insolvency work, commercial trusts and pensions litigation. He appears frequently in both the Commercial Court and in the Chancery Division, both led and unled.

Notable recent work includes:

  • Acting to enter a US$17 million judgment in Bostani v Pieper [2019] 4 WLR 44, as part of an enforcement exercise that involved obtaining freezing injunctions and Norwich Pharmacal relief in various jurisdictions, including England, Anguilla and the BVI.
  • Acting to resist an application to discharge receivers appointed by way of equitable execution in JSC VTB Bank v Skurikhin [2019] EWHC 1407 (Comm).
  • Appearing in KeyMed (Medical & Industrial Equipment) Limited v Hillman [2019] EWHC 485 (Ch), a £50 million claim for breach of directors’ duties relating to the administration of a pension scheme.
  • Appearing for the trustee in Granada UK Rental and Retail Ltd v Pensions Regulator [2018] UKUT 164 (TCC), the first reference to the Upper Tribunal of a determination to issue a financial support direction.
  • Instructed as sole counsel in a £1 million claim for breach of contract relating to the development of a video game.
  • Instructed in an ongoing £5 million claim for breach of directors’ duties and unlawful means conspiracy against the former director of a property development company.
  • Appearing as sole counsel to obtain an injunction restraining the misuse of confidential information and breach of restrictive covenants.
  • Acting as sole counsel in relation to a claim for the possession of 171 pieces of high value artwork.
  • Acting to discharge receivers appointed over a solvent company for breach of the duty of full and frank disclosure in Cooke v Parker [2017] EWHC 1028 (Ch).
  • Instructed in a number of ongoing high value pension rectification proceedings.
  • Instructed in ongoing proceedings in the Turks and Caicos Islands to recover €35 million of assets dissipated in breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Acting in relation to numerous interim applications including freezing injunctions, applications for Norwich Pharmacal and Bankers Trust relief, applications for security for costs and application for service out of the jurisdiction.

Prior to joining Wilberforce, Tim studied Law at Brasenose College, Oxford, and graduated with a first class degree. He was awarded the Wronker Law Prize for placing joint first in the university. He went on to obtain a distinction in the BCL.