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Susie Dryden

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Blake Morgan LLP

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Susie Dryden is a Partner in Blake Morgan's Commercial Litigation team.


Susie is a very experienced commercial litigator who has advised on a broad range of matters over a number of years. She has been the lead partner on a number of cases involving significant and complex litigation or arbitration, including commercial contract disputes, procurement disputes, IT disputes, engineering disputes, fraud cases and professional negligence claims.

Her expertise in undertaking detailed investigations and in asset recovery cases enhances her regulatory work, where she has acted for many years as Intervention Agent for the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) into interventions into solicitors' firms.

Susie is also an accredited mediator, both acting as mediator and representing parties at mediation.


Her key clients include:

  • Kerry Group
  • NHS England
  • Sixth Form Colleges Association
  • Solicitors Regulation Authority

Significant experience 

Significant cases include:

  • Successfully acting for NHS England in the first case to consider the NHS (Competition, Procurement and Patient Choice) No 2 Regulations 2013. The case concerned an application for Judicial Review of a decision by NHS England not to contract with a provider for an interim period pending a national review and procurement of the service in question. Damages were also claimed under the Human Rights Act 1998. [2015] EWHC 3752 (admin)
  • Acting for King Edward Vl College in the Court of Appeal in successfully resisting a challenge by three teachers, sponsored by the NASUWT, who alleged that too much had been deducted from their pay by way of strike pay. The case involved a detailed consideration of the individual terms of employment [as contained in "the Red Book"] and the effect of the Appointment Act 1870 on contracts of employment [2015] EWCA civ 455
  • Acting for Peter Symonds College in its successful defence of a High Court claim, sponsored by the NUT, concerning the correct deduction from a teacher's pay for strike action [2013 EWHC 2788 Amey V Peter Symonds College].
  • Securing an emergency injunction following an international fraud and successfully recovering for the client a majority of the funds misappropriated.
  • Handling multi-party disputes arising from the supply of defective goods which then contaminated other products in the supply chain
  • Acting for IBM in successfully defending a claim by the London Borough of Southwark concerning the supply and implementation of an MDM system which Southwark alleged was not of satisfactory quality and unfit for purpose [2011] EWHC 549 (TCC).
  • Advising a large manufacturing company on an insurance coverage dispute with its group motor fleet insurer regarding an underlying personal injury claim against the company's employee. 
  • Acting for a claimant in a case which involved allegations of fraud against a senior manager, to include the obtaining of world wide freezing injunctions.
  • Acting as the SRA's agent in the intervention into solicitors' firms.

Claims Against Professionals: Susie has experience in professional liability matters and insurance disputes, acting for both defendant and claimant. She also handles complex contractual disputes, which often have an international element. Her experience includes a dispute with a US company arising out of a distribution agreement and several manufacturing disputes involving foreign contractors and suppliers.

Mediation: Cases mediated include an IT dispute involving allegations of copyright infringement of the underlying computer code for a website and breach of contract, a franchise dispute, a shareholder dispute including allegations of overpayment of bonuses and an unfair prejudice claim, an Inheritance Act claim, a claim of nuisance involving three parties including the landlord; a construction dispute relating to a widely defined lump sum contract, a contractual dispute between a local authority and a supplier and a number of other contractual disputes.

Susie s a CEDR accredited mediator. Blake Morgan has a number of qualified and practising mediators who accept direct referrals, as well as instructions via ADR bodies.


Susie spent two years at Barlow Lyde & Gilbert then joined Blake Morgan in 1987. Susie is a CEDR accredited mediator and has a LLM in advanced litigation.


  • Founder member of the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
  • Member of the CBI SE regional council
  • Member of society for computers and law
  • Member of ARDL. 

London: Public sector

Education: institutions

Within: Education: institutions

The substantial, multi-disciplinary team at¬†Blake Morgan LLP¬†is highlighted for providing 'excellent service'.¬†Matthew Smith, who¬†is especially adept in all aspects of non-contentious and contentious employment matters and has chaired a number of disciplinary and appeal hearings for universities, heads the practice.¬†It acts for a range of higher education clients as well as having links with education bodies such as the Association of University Legal Practitioners and the Sixth Form Colleges' Association. The team is acting for Swansea University and the trustees of the university pension scheme in relation to a case that is examining the meaning of ‚Äėunfavourable treatment‚Äô under section 15 of the Equality Act 2010 ‚Äď an action¬† brought by a former employee. Emyr Lewis¬†advises on a wide range of commercial matters and Richard Wade¬†is advising Keble College, Oxford on a construction project that will extend the college‚Äôs campus. Other key partners include¬†Susie Dryden;¬†Rachel Gwilliam,¬†who advises on areas such as construction and engineering; and Penri Desscan,¬†who specialises in procurement and other commercial matters.

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Hampshire

Within: Commercial litigation: Hampshire

The 'excellent' Blake Morgan LLP fields a substantial team of litigators, with the team recently handling judicial reviews and Supreme Court cases. It serves local, national and international clients in an array of sectors on matters ranging from contractual breaches and construction-related disputes to negligence claims and IP cases. In a recent highlight, it is defending NHS England after it refused to approve a medical service for treatment of cranial tumours. Jill Bainbridge leads the team, which includes Richard Portlock and   Susie Dryden, who have 'high-level expertise and vast experience', and senior associate Dan Geddes, who joined from Lester Aldridge LLP in March 2017.

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South East: TMT

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Blake Morgan LLP¬†provides a ‚Äėvery good overall service‚Äô, with ‚Äėgood quality lawyers and very good value for money, particularly in comparison to City firms‚Äô. Team head Sheilah Mackie¬†has particular expertise in multi-jurisdictional software development and licensing, hardware procurement, and outsourcing projects for customer-side clients. Legal director Elisabeth Bell¬†leads the technology group in the Thames Valley and its GDPR initiative, and has been advising Artemis IT Solutions on the negotiation of a long-term arrangement with one of its customers. In other work highlights, senior associate Ben Evans¬†advised longstanding client Neural Technologies on the protection of its Optimus brand and Guy Constant¬†handled Medical Imaging Partnership‚Äôs acquisition of the MRI business of Nuada Medical Specialist Imaging, with assistance from Bell and Rajiv Joshi. Susie Dryden¬†is recommended for her ‚Äėstrong legal knowledge‚Äô and for being ‚Äėvery responsive, practical and hands-on‚Äô.

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