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TIM MATTHEWSON

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Commercial

Tim has a very busy commercial practice. He is ranked in The Legal 500 as a “Rising Star” for both civil fraud and offshore work.

Tim has a particular interest in civil fraud and is frequently involved in the obtaining of freezing injunctions and other forms of interim relief. He is often involved in claims that involve allegations of breach of fiduciary duty and conspiracy. Tim is also frequently instructed in complex enforcement exercises involving offshore trust structures.

His recent notable instructions include:

  • 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.
  • 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 advise about claims relating to the ownership of a company and an unfair prejudice petition.
  • Acting as sole counsel in a £1 million claim for breach of contract relating to the development of a video game.
  • Acting as sole counsel in a claim for fraudulent misrepresentation and/or breach of warranty relating to a share purchase agreement.
  • 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.
  • Appearing as sole counsel in a trial about the repayment of a director’s loan account.
  • 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.