Aiden Lerch is an Associate with Zeiler Floyd Zadkovich, based in London and Sydney.

Aiden is admitted as a lawyer in the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia. He has experience advising clients in commercial litigation and arbitration under the LMAA rules.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours 1st Class) from University of Wollongong in 2018, achieving the University Medal in Law for topping his law school cohort. Following graduation, Aiden was recruited for the role of Associate to a Judge of the New South Wales District Court. Aiden has authored numerous publications in his field, and has just completed studying the world-renowned Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) at the University of Oxford as the William Asbrey BCL Scholar for 2020-21. Aiden is about to begin a DPhil (PhD) in law at the University of Oxford as a Clarendon Scholar, alongside working as an Associate with the firm.

Aiden works in English (native).

Highlights of Aiden’s work include the following:

  • Acted on an ad hoc arbitration claim for international London-based trading house, specialising in steel and metals trade, against an Italian receiver for liability under UK COGSA for quality issues.

  • Advised major European shipping company on the provision of an insurance product in England, Australia and the United States.

  • Representation of European bank regarding recovery of a multi-million dollar claim against an insolvent entity under claims relating to mis-delivery of cargo. Assertively pursued security actions against possible assets and successfully obtained an attachment over assets belonging to an alter-ego in a US targeting a vessel in the Southern District of Texas. In a reported decision, successfully defeated post-discovery motion to vacate seizure order and dismiss action. Global litigation included proceedings in UK and East Asia.

  • Representation of major soft commodity trading company in English High Court proceedings, alleging false representation and deceit against a Russian commodity trader.  Matter also involved worldwide freezing orders, underlying GAFTA arbitration proceedings in London, English enforcement proceedings and Russian enforcement proceedings; obtained a full judgment and London arbitral award.

  • Representing a global trading service in a successful strike out/summary judgment application and security for costs application in the High Court of England & Wales, after allegations were made of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and commission of the tort of conspiracy to injure by unlawful means.

Interested in specific aspects of Aiden’s recent work? Contact office@zeilerfloydzad.com for further reference cases.

Professional Experience

  • Associate, Zeiler Floyd Zadkovich, London/UK & Sydney/Australia (2021 – present)
  • Associate (Overseas Practitioner), Floyd Zadkovich, London/UK (2020)
  • Associate to the Honourable Judge John Hatzistergos AM, New South Wales District Court, NSW/Australia (2018-2019)
  • Research Assistant to Professor Gregory Rose and Dr Lowell Bautista, University of Wollongong, NSW/Australia (2017-2018)

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Law), University of Oxford, Oxford/England (currently enrolled)
  • Bachelor of Civil Law (Dist.), University of Oxford, Oxford/England (2021)
  • Bachelor of Law (Hons I, University Medal), University of Wollongong, NSW/Australia (2018)