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Sue Millar

T: + 44 20 7809 2329 M: + 44 7825 625 898 Email Sue | vCard Office: London

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Sue Millar Partner

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Sue Millar

Sue Millar
Partner

T: + 44 20 7809 2329 M: + 44 7825 625 898 Email Sue | vCard Office: London

Sue is an experienced and well-respected litigator whose expertise in commercial and banking litigation is recognised by Chambers UK. Clients value her responsiveness and her commitment to finding solutions to complex problems. She co-heads the firm's "technically strong" finance litigation team.
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Sue is a finance litigation specialist. She focuses on investment banking disputes, involving highly complex products and structures. Her expertise extends to commercial and private banking and trade finance disputes.

She is also recognised for her expertise in commercial dispute resolution where her pragmatic approach wins praise. Clients describe her as knowing "the best deal and how to achieve it". She advises a diverse range of clients including insurance brokers, asset managers, corporate and pension trustees and insolvency professionals.

Sue also leads the firm's sanctions group. She advises on a range of contentious and non-contentious issues arising in relation to the various Iranian, Libyan, Syrian and Russian sanctions regimes. Her experience in this area extends to acting for designated entities and individuals in challenging their designations before the EU Courts. 

"Sensible, approachable and realistic. An exemplary lawyer and a highly experienced litigator."
Chambers UK 2021

  • Fraud and asset recovery
  • Commercial litigation
  • Corporate trusts
  • Finance litigation
  • Dispute resolution
  • Sanctions

Eastern European bank

Acting for the insolvency administrator of an Eastern European bank in claims against its former owner following the bank's collapse.  The proceedings resulted in the former owner being committed for contempt and our client's case succeeding in its entirety at trial. 

Insurance broker

Acting for an insurance broking client against an insured who made fraudulent claims for loss. The claim against the insurance broker collapsed on the first day of trial with indemnity costs being awarded in our client's favour. 

AHAB

Acting for a claimant bank seeking to recover funds against the AHAB conglomerate following allegations of wide-scale fraud exceeding US$9 billion and affecting in excess of 100 banks.

Insurance brokers

Advising a global firm of insurance brokers on a number of claims alleging negligent placement of insurance, including a successful defence following the collapse of a dishonest claimant's claim at trial.

Asset management company

Advising in relation to multiple US proceedings against various investment banks in relation to a very significant portfolio of allegedly mis-sold bonds.

Corporate trustee

Advising in matters arising from a financial institution's liability management exercise pursuant to which it invited bondholders to exchange their bonds for cash and thereafter in relation to a threatened subordinated liability order pursuant to which bondholders' rights would be significantly reduced and/or extinguished.

More: Commercial litigation

Fairhold Securitisation Limited

Advising the corporate trustee on its rights and obligations arising from the wrongful acts of a third party in purporting to put the securitisation vehicle into administration and thereafter preventing illegitimate attempts at enforcement against the trust assets.

Corporate trustee

Defending a corporate trustee against an allegation of breach of trust, resulting in an amicable settlement.

Corporate trustee

Advising a corporate trustee in its claim against an arranger of a securitisation for misrepresentation.

More: Corporate trusts

British Arab Commercial Bank

A high profile claim against AHAB, a Saudi Arabian conglomerate, to recover sums loaned to one of its subsidiaries, ATS. Identified as one of The Lawyer's top 20 cases of recent years, the bank's claim was successful at trial.

Eastern European bank collapse

Acting for the bank’s insolvency administrator on claims against a business man who is subject to civil and criminal fraud proceedings in various jurisdictions. We have obtained freezing, third party disclosure and search orders and had 8 separate court hearings, all of which have been successful.

Private bank

Acting for a well-known private bank against mis-selling and negligent advice claims brought by high net worth individuals arising out of events leading to the commencement of the global financial crisis.

More: Finance litigation

Insurance brokers

Advising a global firm of insurance brokers on a number of claims alleging negligent placement of insurance, including a successful defence following the collapse of a dishonest claimant's claim at trial.

Asset management company

Advising in relation to multiple US proceedings against various investment banks in relation to a very significant portfolio of allegedly mis-sold bonds.

Corporate trustee

Advising in matters arising from a financial institution's liability management exercise pursuant to which it invited bondholders to exchange their bonds for cash and thereafter in relation to a threatened subordinated liability order pursuant to which bondholders' rights would be significantly reduced and/or extinguished.

More: Dispute resolution

Two individuals

Advising two formerly designated individuals on their international strategy, including sanctions-related challenges in the EU and the English Administrative Court by way of judicial review proceedings, dealing with UK regulators and lobbying the UK and the EU.

Asset management company

Advising an asset management company, majority of it owned by a designated entity and managing its assets, on its rights and obligations under the relevant sanctions regime. This included liaising with regulators in a number of jurisdictions and obtaining licences from HMT and OFAC, permitting its continued operation.

Sanctioned entities

Advising designated entities and individuals on their sanctions related challenges in the General Court and Court of Justice in the EU.

More: Sanctions
  • Funds and financial services

Private bank

Acting for a private bank in proceedings brought by a high net worth individual arising from the gating of the AIG Premier bond at the beginning of the global financial crisis.

Asset manager

Acting for an asset manager impacted by targeted sanctions and involving negotiations and liaison with HMT, OFAC and other competent authorities in the EU and offshore jurisdictions. Subsequently advising on disputes with certain service providers.

European fund manager

Advising a European on fund manager on claims arising from the collapse of a Portuguese bank.

  • CIS and CEE

Eastern European bank insolvency

Acting for an Eastern European bank’s insolvency administrator on claims against its former owner, a Russian businessman, who is subject to civil and criminal fraud proceedings in various jurisdictions.

More: CIS and CEE

Awards

Banking litigation and Commercial litigation: Premium

Banking litigation and Commercial litigation: Premium

Public international law

Public international law

Banking litigation

Banking litigation

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