Meet The Team2018-10-19T15:23:04+00:00

Meet The Team

Our People

Our team offers a unique blend of legal and financial expertise. We use our own in-house legal capability and deploy our own funds, rather than relying on external advice or capital, thus speeding up the entire funding process.

Experts in finance for litigation and arbitration

Founded in 2010, Woodsford quickly developed a reputation as a provider of specialist financial solutions for litigation and arbitration. Our team, based in the UK, USA and Singapore, has the extensive litigation and financial knowledge needed to quickly understand the financial implications of your case, as well as its legal merits.

Having reviewed many hundreds of cases, we are able to turn cases around promptly and give you a preliminary funding decision without delay. Our finance team will then work with you to ensure a fair and transparent agreement.

Our Investment Advisory Panel brings together senior figures from the world of litigation and international arbitration, with direct experience spanning many areas of law. This unique in-house resource sets us apart from other funders: we don’t rely on outside counsel to take decisions.

We are currently recruiting a  US Business Development Director.


“I would strongly recommend Woodsford – the team is made up of very experienced litigators who have practised at top firms who understand the cases and the strategy behind them, and they are always on hand and responsive as needed if we want their input.”

Ben Summerfield,
 Partner, Reed Smith (London)


“We have had the privilege of working with Woodsford over many years. We have seen first-hand the resources and the resolve they bring to the equation which, when combined with a strong claim, a determined client, and a formidable legal team, can make the difference between justice delivered or denied.”

Eric L. Lewis, Senior partner
 Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss (New York)


“The entire working relationship and experience has been not only a pleasure from the outset but also a master class in professionalism.”

Damian James
 Partner, Collas Crill (Jersey)


“Clients and counsel want funders with established track records of funding cases through to completion; ample resources to handle the expense of litigation; the fortitude to weather the uncertainties that are an inevitable feature of litigation; the ability to make funding decisions without inordinate delay; and the ability to offer sound advice along the way, while still respecting the autonomy of the client and the ethical duties of the lawyer to his or her client.”

Eric L. Lewis, Senior partner
 Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss (New York)

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Our Executive Team

Yves Bonavero Chairman

Yves Bonavero

Yves was born and educated in Paris.  He holds a First Class Honours degree in Philosophy and German, as well as an MA, from Oxford University. Yves started his business career at ED&F Man, joining the partnership in 1983 and becoming Group Chief Executive Officer in 1987, aged 34.

Steven Friel Chief Executive Officer

Steven Friel
Chief Executive Officer

Steven has extensive experience in handling complex disputes, often with an international dimension.  He has represented clients across a broad range of commercial, industrial and governmental sectors, and has particular experience in finance, insurance and disputes involving complex technology.

Jonathan Barnes Chief Operating Officer

Jonathan Barnes
Chief Operating Officer

Jonathan’s family business was cotton spinning in the north-west, but he started his career in the law.  He joined City law firm DJ Freeman in 1987 and specialised in commercial property. Clients ranged from the developers of Spitalfields, opposite Liverpool Street station, to overseas institutional investors.

Mark Spiteri Finance & Commercial Director

Mark Spiteri
Finance & Commercial Director

Mark is an economics graduate from the London School of Economics.  He started his career in 1997 at Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers), where he trained as a management consultant and was admitted into the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

Charlie Morris Chief Investment Officer, EMEA & APAC

Charlie Morris
Chief Investment Officer,

Charlie is an English-qualified senior lawyer with significant experience of handling high-value international litigation and arbitration across a wide range of sectors. As CIO, EMEA & APAC, Charlie has overall responsibility for Woodsford’s investments outside of the Americas and heads up our Asia Pacific practice.

Josh Meltzer, Managing Director, US

Joshua H. Meltzer
Managing Director, US

Josh joined Woodsford from Rembrandt IP Management, LLC, where he served as VP of Business Development. Josh was responsible for sourcing and reviewing all commercial opportunities as well as for the creation of new offerings that leveraged Rembrandt expertise and capital. Josh planned and launched Rembrandt’s litigation funding business.

Alex Lempiner Executive Vice President & GC

Alex Lempiner
Executive Vice President & GC

Alex joined Woodsford from Rembrandt IP Management, LLC, where he served as Corporate Counsel and Secretary with responsibility for all corporate governance and legal matters affecting the litigation funding business.  Alex was instrumental in developing Rembrandt’s funding operations.

Zachary Krug Senior Investment Officer

Zachary D. Krug
Senior Investment Officer

Zachary has extensive trial litigation experience, having represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of commercial disputes in state and federal courts in the US, as well as in international proceedings.  He has particular expertise in intellectual property disputes and technology related matters.

Robin Davis Senior Investment Officer

Robin M. Davis
Senior Investment Officer

Robin is an experienced trial attorney with expertise in United States patent litigation.  She has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in patent infringement disputes, including cases brought in the District of Delaware, Eastern District of Texas, and Northern District of California.

Simon P. Walsh Senior Investment Officer

Simon P. Walsh
Senior Investment Officer

Simon has extensive experience in high value international commercial arbitration and cross-border litigation over a broad spectrum of sectors, having acted for clients in the telecoms, private equity, financial, maritime, offshore, power and aviation sectors including acting in some of the world’s largest telecoms disputes.

Sarina Singh

Sarina Singh
Director of Litigation Finance, US

Sarina Singh is Woodsford’s Director of Litigation Finance, US. Sarina is an experienced legal industry professional with expertise in building strategic partnerships. She works closely with claimants and law firms nationwide to develop and implement customized funding solutions.

Lara Hofer Investment Officer

Lara Hofer
Investment Officer

Lara is a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and a Registered Foreign Lawyer in England and Wales. She has experience in general commercial, competition and financial services disputes. She has represented a broad range of clients, both claimant and defendant, and has experience in financial disputes.

Helena Eatock Investment Associate

Helena Eatock
Investment Associate

Helena joined Woodsford Litigation Funding from London law firm Harcus Sinclair LLP  having graduated with a BA (Hons) in History from the University of Oxford in 2014. During her time at Harcus Sinclair, she assisted a large shareholder claim arising from the acquisition of a commercial bank.

Yoav Navon Consultant

Yoav Navon

In his role as a consultant to Woodsford, Yoav Navon helps introduce leading Israeli law firms and their clients to our full range of litigation finance solutions.

Prior to joining Woodsford, Yoav was at Ron Gazit, Rotenberg in Tel Aviv.

Clare Owen Consultant

Clare Owen

Clare is a dual qualified lawyer admitted to practise in both the UK and Australia with over 20 years’ experience as a commercial litigator – initially in the UK and subsequently in Australia having moved to Australia in 2011. Clare has extensive experience in handling high value, large scale, complex, commercial disputes.

Steven Savage Head of Marketing and Business Development

Steven Savage
Head of Marketing and Business Development

Steven is a professionally qualified marketer with nearly 20 years’ experience of B2B marketing, including significant time at blue-chip Legal and Financial services organisations. Steven started his career at The Economist and spent time working for them in both London and New York.


Our Investment Advisory Panel

John Potts Non executive director

John Potts
Non Executive Director;
Investment Advisory Panel

John came to the law later than most, via textiles and marketing, qualifying in 1982.  However, he lost no time in making up ground and became a partner in the biggest UK law firm – Clifford Chance – just five years later.  He enjoyed great success as a litigator and led the dispute resolution team for three years from 2000 to 2003.

John Beechey Member of IAP

John Beechey CBE
Member of the Investment Advisory Panel

John Beechey is among the best known arbitrators in the world.  He has served as chairman, party-appointed arbitrator, or sole arbitrator on international arbitral tribunals in both 'ad hoc' (including UNCITRAL) and institutional arbitrations under the Rules of, inter alia, the European Development Fund (EDF), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Stockholm Chamber etc.

David McLean Member of the Investment Advisory Panel

Judge Shira Scheindlin
Member of the Investment Advisory Panel

Judge Scheindlin, who was appointed to the bench in 1994 by President Bill Clinton, has presided over numerous criminal and civil cases during her 22-year tenure with the Southern District of New York. Among many important cases, her opinions in electronic case management are recognized as case law landmarks, and she is the co-author of the first casebook on electronic discovery.

Fidelma Macken SC Member of the IAP

Fidelma Macken SC
Member of the Investment Advisory Panel

Judge Macken has been called to the Irish Bar and to the Bar of England and Wales, and is a door tenant at Brick Court Chambers in London. Following her appointment as a judge of the High Court of Ireland, in 1999 Judge Macken became the first woman judge to be appointed to the Court of Justice of the European Union.  In 2004 she returned to the High Court of Ireland, was appointed to the Irish Supreme Court.

David McLean Member of the Investment Advisory Panel

David McLean
Member of the Investment Advisory Panel

David was a partner in the New York office of Latham & Watkins. David has broad experience in complex commercial litigation. His particular areas of focus include securities, professional liability, internal investigations and complex business disputes, both domestic and international, and he has handled numerous commercial, real estate, securities, banking, employment and corporate control litigations.

Terry O'Neill Member of IAP

Terry O'Neill
Member of the Investment Advisory Panel

Terry has a first-rate legal mind and, in particular, great expertise in and experience of insurance and reinsurance litigation.  He brings this valuable intellectual capital to Woodsford’s Investment Advisory Panel. Career landmarks include:  1965 – LLB First Class at University College London, 1973 – PhD also at UCL, 1977 – called to the bar at Lincoln’s Inn (Hardwicke Scholar), 1977 – joined Clifford Chance.

Olivier Bonavero Non Executive Director

Olivier Bonavero
Non-Executive Director;
Member of the Investment Advisory Panel

Olly has dual French / British nationality and speaks English, French and German. He was educated at St Paul’s School, London, and Oxford University (The Queen’s College). He also holds a Masters in Finance from the London Business School. Since 2000, Olly has worked in international finance and trading including stretches in London, New York and Singapore.


Woodsford Singapore

Zhijian Wu

Zhijian Wu
CEO Woodsford Capital Management

Zhijian is the CEO of Woodsford Capital Management Pte Ltd (WCM), the largest passive strategy manager in Singapore. Prior to joining Woodsford, Zhijian worked as a commodities trader, first at Wilmar in Singapore, and subsequently at the ED&F Man Group, in London and in Singapore.


Business Infrastructure Team

John Gledhill FCA

John Gledhill FCA
Group Financial Controller

John is Woodsford’s Group Financial Controller and brings a wealth of experience to the company. He spent 15 years at the London branch of a Japanese mortgage bank. While at the bank he instigated the purchase of a London International Financial Futures Exchange seat and developed a futures and options clearing business.

Jonathan Dickle ACA

Jonathan Dickie ACA
Financial Controller

Jonathan is a Chemistry graduate from Oxford University and started his career as a forensic toxicologist before joining KPMG Audit where he gained his professional accountancy qualification.

Since joining Woodsford in 2015 as Group Accountant he has been instrumental in implementing a new asset management system.

Minaxi Kanbi

Minaxi Kanbi
Assistant Accountant

Minaxi studied for an NVQ in Business Studies and passed with distinction; she is currently studying for the ACCA accounting qualification.  She has over 10 years’ experience in the finance sector and joined Woodsford in October 2017.

She is a fluent speaker of Gujarati and has taught the language to young children in her local temple.

About Woodsford

About Woodsford

We are experts in delivering tailored financial solutions to meet the specialist needs of law firms and their clients involved in litigation and arbitration across the globe.


Association of Litigation Funders

Association of Litigation Funders

Woodsford is a founder member of the Association of Litigation Funders of England and Wales (ALF), the body dedicated to promoting best practice in the litigation funding industry and campaigning to improve the use and application of litigation funding.




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