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TIM MATTHEWSON

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Practice Overview

Tim has a successful commercial chancery practice. He is ranked in The Legal 500 as a “Rising Star” for both civil fraud and offshore work. His practice focusses on civil fraud (with extensive experience of freezing injunctions and other forms of interim relief), company and insolvency work, commercial litigation and trusts litigation.

Tim has been described in the directories:

  • Tim is as clever as he is diligent. He has a prodigious work ethic and his drafting is impeccable.(The Legal 500, 2022)
  • He is knowledgeable, technically brilliant and a very creative thinker – he looks at problems from different angles and has extracted us from some tricky positions” (The Legal 500, 2021)
  • He’s responsive and commercially focused.(The Legal 500, 2021)

Tim frequently appears in both the Commercial Court and in the Chancery Division. He also has substantial experience of offshore work and cases with an international element.

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.

Notable recent work includes:

  • Acting for the Claimant company in Barrowfen Properties Limited v Patel [2021] EWHC 2055 (Ch) in a 15-day trial bringing a £5 million claim against a former director of the company for dishonest breaches of duty and forgery of documents and against the company’s former solicitors for claims including breaches of fiduciary duty and negligence. Tim also appeared in numerous interim applications in the proceedings, including in an application to lift privilege on the basis of the “iniquity exception”/ “fraud exception” in Barrowfen Properties Limited v Patel [2020] EWHC 2536 (Ch).
  • Appearing in Dalkilic v Pekin [2021] EWHC 219 (Ch), a 17-day trial about the beneficial ownership of a burger manufacturing company.
  • Acting to resist an application to discharge receivers appointed by way of equitable execution in JSC VTB Bank v Skurikhin [2021] 1 WLR 434 (on appeal from the decision in [2019] EWHC 1407 (Comm)), in complex enforcement proceedings relating to an offshore trust structure involving entities in Liechtenstein, the BVI and Saint Kitts and Nevis.
  • Appearing for the principal employer in Univar UK Ltd v Smith [2020] EWHC 1596 in a claim to rectify a pension scheme definitive deed and rules, which erroneously required increases to pensions in payment and revaluation of pensions in deferment to be calculated by reference to the Retail Prices Index.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Instructed to defend proceedings relating to an alleged oral contract to build an investment fund, which is alleged to have resulted in lost profits of €25 million.
  • Instructed to defend proceedings brought by the liquidators of a company and the assignee of certain claims alleging transfer at undervalue, breach of duties owed as de facto or shadow directors and the provision of negligent advice.
  • Acting in relation to numerous interim applications including freezing injunctions, applications for Norwich Pharmacal and Bankers Trust relief, applications for security for costs and applications for service out of the jurisdiction.