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Banking litigation: investment and retail & Banking litigation: investment and retail

Banking litigation: investment and retail & Banking litigation: investment and retail

Public international law

Public international law

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 is recognised in the leading directories. Her practice is  broad, encompassing finance litigation, sanctions, civil fraud and corporate and commercial disputes. Clients value her responsiveness and her commitment to finding solutions to complex problems. She leads the firm's sanctions practice and co-heads the firm's "technically strong" finance litigation team.
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Sue is recognised as a leading individual for commercial litigation and banking litigation in Legal 500 2023. Clients have described her as 'a very experienced litigation partner, with the magical combination of being a tough litigator while also being easy and fun to work with!’ and as 'a force of nature and a brilliant litigator. While she has excellent common sense and an instinctive grasp of the commercialities of a case, she is also a talented lawyer and team leader.’ (Legal 500 2023). Meanwhile, she is described as "excellent" in Chambers UK 2023.

Sue also leads the firm's sanctions practice, having practised sanctions law for over 14 years. She advises on a range of contentious and non-contentious issues arising in relation to the Russian, Iranian, Libyan and Syrian sanctions regimes. There are very few firms in the City which can match Stephenson Harwood's experience in this area.

"A dynamic and creative lawyer, who is an inspiring team leader and who is utterly committed to her client’s cause."

The Legal 500 2023

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

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.

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.

Government entity

We advised a government entity in the defence sector in a decades-long commercial dispute. The matter concerned long-running proceedings in the English Commercial Court which considered the effect of sanctions in the commercial courts, one of the only judgments of its kind. This involved the UK and the Netherlands.

More: Sanctions
  • 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: investment and retail & Banking litigation: investment and retail

Banking litigation: investment and retail & Banking litigation: investment and retail

Public international law

Public international law

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