Julie Witham

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Julie Witham

Associate

London | 160 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4V 4QQ
+44 20 7184 7394 | +44 20 7184 7001

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Julie Witham advises clients on a broad range of commercial disputes, including claims for breach of contract, breach of duty of care, breach of fiduciary duty, misrepresentation and contractual interpretation. Ms. Witham also advises clients on disputes with insurers, with particular focus on disputes arising under professional indemnity insurance contracts. Ms. Witham has acted for claimants and defendants in international and multi-party proceedings in the Commercial Court, Chancery and Queen’s Bench Divisions of the High Court and arbitration proceedings. Ms. Witham also advises clients in connection with investigations conducted by regulators and employers into competition, banking, bribery and corruption issues.

Experience

Breach of Contract / Breach of Duty Claims

  • Representing an oil company in two claims for breach of contract against its joint venture business partners in respect of gas and oil exploration projects.
  • Representing a listed property company in a claim against its former Finance Director for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and deceit in connection with the misappropriation of company funds.
  • Representing a businessman in respect of his claim against his former accountants for breach of duty of care, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty in connection with advice provided by them concerning the tax consequences of an investment.
  • Defending bookmakers against a breach of duty of care claim which sought to establish an entirely new tort between bookmakers and their customers.
  • Defending a claim by Lloyd’s Names against their Members’ Agents for breach of contract, breach of duty of care and negligent miss-statement arising out of the sale of insurance policies to the Names.
  • Defending claims for misrepresentation, breach of duty of care, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duties by a South American insurance company against its Lloyd’s broker in respect of the placing of a facultative insurance programme.
  • Defending three parties in respect of allegations of breach of fiduciary duty arising out of the sale and purchase of a building.

General Commercial

  • Advising an Investment Bank on enforcement options in connection with defaulted loans to emerging market parties, including options for injunctive relief in overseas jurisdictions.
  • Representing Ukrainian businessman, Michael Cherney, in his claim for breach of contract, damages and declaratory relief against his former business partner, Oleg Deripaska.
  • Representing a class of investors in Sigma Finance Corporation in a dispute relating to the proper construction of a Security Trust Deed.
  • Representing a businessman in respect of his claim against his former business partner for damages for fraudulent misrepresentation in connection with the sale of shares in five companies.
  • Representing a US company as part of a multi-jurisdictional team in connection with enforcement proceedings in the UK relating to a US$120 million debt.
  • Representing an Investment Trust in its claim for rectification of a Management Warrants Deed entered into between the Trust and its former fund manager.
Education
  • The University of Hull, LL.B., Law
Admissions
  • England and Wales