Tim Scrantom

Tim Scrantom

Founder and Managing Director

Tim Scrantom is a financial services entrepreneur (as well as an accomplished American lawyer and English barrister). For over thirty years he has been a law practitioner, law professor, writer and entrepreneur in the international law and finance markets.  Considered a “thought leader” in the commercial claim investment sector, Scrantom conceived and launched Juridica Investments Limited in 2007 and since then he has devoted his time to the rational evolution of the litigation finance industry. Prior to co-founding Juridica, Scrantom was in private practice as a lawyer and an English barrister (member of Gray’s Inn).

Tim has degrees from Stetson University (BA), University of Georgia School of Law (JD cum laude), The London School of Economics (LLM) and a diploma from The Hague Academy of International Law.

Publications, Podcasts & Webinars
Third-Party Financing of Class Actions (CLE webinar)
The Future of Litigation Finance (podcast)


Thomas Jones

Thomas Jones

Managing Director

Thomas Jones is a seasoned lawyer whose practice has spanned 4 continents and over 25 countries.  Tom is a derivatives, capital markets and structured finance specialist whose work has focused on developing innovative financing structures and solutions to cover a broad range of asset classes. He has advised numerous clients on litigation involving financial transactions and valuation disputes.  He spent more than 15 years as a partner at Allen & Overy building successful practices in both London and Hong Kong. As a derivatives and structured finance specialist, Tom has advised clients around the world in how to take, manage and mitigate risk.

Tom has a BA (Honors) from The Ohio State University, a JD (Honors) from the University of Texas Law School, and a MA from Kings College, London.

Breaking the chains  (Litigation Funding, Feb 2020)


Tom Stoughton

Tom Stoughton

Managing Director

Tom Stoughton has over 30 years’ experience in senior-level legal and finance positions in law firms and private and publicly held businesses in the manufacturing, distribution, insurance, and services sectors. Tom has practiced law as a partner with a nationally recognized law firm and served as General Counsel to a privately-held industrial conglomerate. He has founded and served on the board of a number of corporations in the finance and insurance industries, including founding and serving as partner and President of Resurgens Capital Partners, a private equity and investment banking firm, which invested or placed over $1 billion in investments.

Tom has degrees from The University of Georgia (BA and JD with high honors, Order of the Coif).


Louise Trayhurn

Louise Trayhurn

Executive Director

Louise is an experienced legal finance professional with over thirteen years’ of litigation and litigation finance experience. She assisted in the development of the litigation funding arm of Orchard Global Asset Management LLP, and then went on to help co-found Bench Walk Advisors in 2017. She has experience in originating and executing bespoke funding deals and has structured creative solutions for the litigation financing needs of law firms and their clients. She is able to bring her broad market knowledge to bear when advising law firms on the best financing and risk mitigation solution for their specific needs.

Louise obtained her law degree from Leeds University in 2004.


Neil Mitchell

Senior Underwriting Advisor

Neil is a seasoned litigator who was a senior litigation partner at Winston & Strawn LLP.  Neil was also President of Fulbrook Capital Management, a New York-based commercial claim investment adviser, where he reviewed and led underwriting on scores of large commercial cases. As a premier trial lawyer, Neil litigated major disputes in numerous state and federal courts and before many different arbitral tribunals where he concentrated on international commercial and investor-state arbitrations.  Over his career he has acquired broad experience and in-depth knowledge of litigation economics and risk evaluation, particularly in the arena of international and cross-border business and financial disputes.

Neil has degrees from Yale University (BA) and the University of California School of Law in Berkeley (JD).

Bill Brennan

Senior Strategic Advisor

Bill has consulted to more than five hundred law firms and has over twenty-five years of experience in the legal profession. He served as Director of Administration and Chief Financial Officer for two AMLaw 200 law firms for a total of nine years. He began his career at Price Waterhouse as an accountant and consultant and spent over a decade as a principal of the law firm consultancy, Altman Weil, Inc.

Bill is a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) with the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts. He achieved the designation of Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and is a former member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Simon Southwood

Senior Strategic Advisor

Simon is a seasoned investment banker and CFO of public companies, having worked internationally on complex equity, debt and M&A mandates. He has experience across a wide variety of sectors, both operationally and financially including fine art & auctioneering, luxury retailing, government contracting, property, mining, technology, accounting services, mining, fund management, stockbroking – and litigation finance.

His experience in litigation finance dates back to 2007 when he led the IPO of Juridica Investments Limited – the first major UK listed litigation financing company – and thereafter acted as the CFO of its fund manager in the US. Since then he has acted as a director of a corporate finance boutique (Stafford Corporate Consulting) and CFO of a listed financier of art dealers (Scholium Group plc).

Simon completed the CFA Program in 2005 and has an honours degree majoring in pure mathematics and philosophy from the University of Cape Town (2001).

Steven J. Stein

Senior Advisor

Steve has engaged in law practice for 55 years, as associate, partner, counsel and international consultant to major law firms in New York and Switzerland. He was a founding partner of the Proskauer London office in his nearly 25 years at the firm practicing litigation and arbitration law in New York, Geneva, Paris and London. He has also served as international counsel at the Geneva firm, Budin & Partners, and a member of the corporate department of Dentons New York office. At Dentons, Steve has also developed and administered conventional funding relationships for clients to finance arbitration and federal and state litigation. In the course of his career he has prepared and tried cases and conducted appeals for major banks, industrial and other financial services clients. At Dentons he served as outside general counsel for media and telecommunication businesses for whom he headed teams of Dentons lawyers within its global network in matters including M&A transactions, corporate governance, domestic and foreign arbitration and litigation and employment.

Steve has degrees from Cornell University (BS) and New York University School of Law (JD).


Leigh Wilkes


Leigh Wilkes has been with SD Investment Advisors for four years. She began her career on Capitol Hill as a Press Relations Aide to Senator Strom Thurmond, then went on to positions in marketing, sales and public affairs with international associations and major corporations.

Leigh has a degree from Columbia College (BA).

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