Partner

Experience

Leticia is a partner in the Dispute Resolution team, where she leads on a variety of contentious matters including contract disputes, shareholder disputes, fraud and asset recovery, charity proceedings, and the enforcement of judgments. She has extensive experience of both litigation and mediation, and a successful track record of obtaining injunctions (including freezing injunctions).

Leticia is an experienced Supervising Solicitor appointed by the High Court on the execution of search orders, and often works in conjunction with other members of the team on complex, multi-venue searches.

Leticia is also a leading member of the firm’s Legacies, Trusts & Probate Disputes team, and acts to resolve all kinds of disputes regarding legacies, trusts and governance issues, for local, national and international charities. She regularly speaks at industry events, and contributes commentary and know-how to leading publications on these issues.

Examples of recent work

Dispute Resolution

  • Acted for philanthropist and charity trustee Jamie Cooper in a High Court action concerning governance issues at The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (UK). The High Court’s approval of the trustees’ approach secured, amongst other things, substantial, additional funding to the charity sector (The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (UK) v H.M. Attorney General & Ors [2017] EWHC 1379 (Ch))
  • Acted for an international animal charity in a high value contract dispute concerning data storage. Following the issue of proceedings, negotiated a financial settlement in our client's favour, but on terms which maintained the commercial relationship going forward
  • Acted for a residential and domiciliary care provider in a high value arbitration relating to various contract disputes. Obtained an award for substantial damages, commercial rate interest, and costs. Dealt with subsequent costs assessment and settlement
  • Acted for a minority shareholder in a contractual dispute relating to a high value Compromise Agreement and an associated s.994 petition. Achieved a swift settlement of the full amount of the claim plus interest and costs, and the following year negotiated an exit from the company by way of a SPA on advantageous terms including costs
  • Part of the legal team that acted for The Sunday Times, David Walsh and Alan English in the 2012 High Court proceedings against cyclist Lance Armstrong. Achieved a confidential settlement with which our clients were “entirely happy”

Legacies, Trusts & Probate Disputes

  • Acted for the Advisory Council of the Warburg Institute in its successful defence of a claim brought by the University of London regarding the university's obligations as trustee to house, fund and maintain the world renowned Warburg Institute (University of London v Professor Prag and another [2014] EWHC 3564 (Ch); [2015] WTLR 705]
  • Acted for a major international development charity in a dispute over a contested will with a secondary claim in proprietary estoppel. Negotiated an advantageous pre-action settlement, and avoided costly and time-consuming court action
  • Acted for a national children’s charity in its defence to a claim brought under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. Negotiated a pre-trial settlement on terms advantageous to our client
  • Acted for a major international development charity in a dispute with executors who had wrongly paid the charity’s legacy to a third party. Negotiated full payment of the legacy from the executors personally plus a significant contribution towards the charity’s costs. Avoided costly and time-consuming court action

Qualifications and career

  • College of Law (LPC), 2004
  • Trained at Knights, 2005
  • Admitted as a solicitor, 2007
  • Practiced at B P Collins, 2007
  • Joined Bates Wells Braithwaite, 2010
  • Promoted to associate, 2011
  • Promoted to senior associate, 2014
  • Appointed partner, 2017

Pro bono, memberships and appointments

  • London Solicitors Litigation Association (LSLA)
  • Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS)
  • Institute of Legacy Management (ILM)