Josephine Mathew


Josephine Mathew

Senior Associate, Litigation

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Josephine is an experienced, trusted and much sought-after commercial litigator specialising in fraud and highly complex, multi-jurisdictional work. She handles contractual, partnership, joint venture and insolvency-related disputes and has an impressive track record of successful commercial dispute resolution, including High Court litigation, arbitration, mediation and settlement negotiations and cases involving both litigation funding and ATE insurance.

The Legal 500 notes that “clients only have praise for senior associate Josephine Mathew”.

Josephine is really easy to work with. She is a bright, highly motivated, technically capable and determined lawyer who is resilient under pressure.
— Tracey Kenworthy, Director at BDO UK LLP

Work Highlights

  • Acting for the Libyan sovereign wealth fund in its USD 2.1bn fraud claim for rescission of a series of trades purportedly entered into with the SocGen group which involved members of the latter making allegedly fraudulent payments totalling USD 58m to a Panamanian company (The Libyan Investment Authority v. Société Générale SA & others [2017] EWHC 1155 (Comm), [2017] EWHC 781 (Comm), [2017] EWHC 780 (Comm), [2017] EWHC 390 (Comm), [2016] EWHC 3277 (Comm), [2016] EWHC 1915 (Comm), [2016] EWHC 1826, [2016] EWHC 375 (Comm), [2015] EWHC 550 (Comm), [2014] EWHC 4043 (Comm)).

  • Acting for a Russian defendant in its successful jurisdiction challenge further to a claim for USD 20m brought by one of a syndicate of European banks pursuant to a loan facility entered into with a Russian borrower and guarantor, both in liquidation (Erste Group Bank AG v. JSC “VMZ Red October” & others [2015] EWCA Civ 379, [2013] EWHC 2926 (Comm)).

  • Acting for the claimant in relation to the division of partnership assets in the form of a substantial property portfolio. The proceedings took place on an expedited basis and involved multiple interlocutory applications including for injunctive and security for costs relief (J. Ackerman v. N. Ackerman & others [2012] EWCA Civ 768, [2011] EWHC 3428 (Ch), [2011] EWHC 2183 (Ch)).

  • Advising respondents to an ICC arbitration in relation to claims for misrepresentation and breach of contract arising out of a joint venture project in Eastern Europe.

  • Advising a transportation and logistics provider in relation to claims pursuant to the terms of an SPA for breaches of warranty which had resulted in an under-provision of the target company’s liability.



Qualified: 2011
Member of the London Solicitors Litigation Association and Young International Arbitration Group.