Julie Witham

julie-witham

Julie Witham

Associate

London | 160 Queen Victoria Street, London, UK 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 civil fraud claims (i.e claims for conspiracy, dishonest assistance, etc) and for breach of contract, breach of duty of care /breach of fiduciary duty, misrepresentation and 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 LCIA arbitration proceedings.  Ms. Witham also advises clients on disputes with insurers, with particular focus on disputes arising under professional indemnity insurance contracts.

Experience

General Commercial

  • Advising insolvency officerholders in relation to a series of related proceedings that arise out of the bankruptcy of a businessman and his principal trading company.  Involved pursuing s366 applications against third parties, for the purposes of tracing and collecting in assets as well as claims for unlawful means conspriacy, breach of fiduciary duty, dishonest assistance and other causes of action arisng under sections 423, 238 and 239 of the Insolvency Act. 
  • Advising investor in connection with a contractual dispute relating to a short-term sale and repurchase agreement in respect of bonds, with a nominal value of €25 million, involved obtaining emergency injunctive relief. 
  • Advising investment firm in connection with a dispute that arose between it and a placing agent relating to an aborted fund raising involving allegations of breach of (written and oral) contract and claims for quantum meruit.
  • Advising shipping company on a contested exit from a joint venture with entities based in UAE, involving allegations of breach obligations under JV agreement and disputes as to validity of termination notices. 
  • 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 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 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 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.

Breach of Duty Care / Fiduciary Duty 

  • 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.

Other

  • Advised employer in respect of employee’s unlawful hacking of management email accounts, involved obtaining emergency injunctive relief and associated orders for delivery up, review and deletion of materials on employees’ electronic devices.
  • Advised LLP on disputes with members and in relation to member exits.
  • Representing client in relation to an aggregation dispute with its insurer under professional indemnity insurance policy, concerning 74 negligent valuations.
  • Advised client in relation to effectiveness of Lloyds electronic placing system.
  • Representing two Commercial Directors of retailer in relation to an investigation conducted by the SFO into false accounting and failure to make correct disclosures.
  • Representing foreign exchange currency traders in connection with investigations undertaken by their employers (at the behest of FCA and DOJ) into alleged attempts to manipulate the WMR 4.00pm fix.
  • Representing a former Chief Executive in connection with an internal investigation into bribery and corruption issues that the company undertook following a raid on its offices by the City of London Police. 
Education
  • The University of Hull, LL.B., Law
Admissions
  • England and Wales