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Addleshaw Goddard

Work 0161 934 6000
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Susan Garrett

Work 0113 209 2450
Addleshaw Goddard

Work Department

Litigation and dispute resolution group.


Partner with extensive experience of a wide variety of high-profile and large-value disputes for commercial enterprises; expertise includes both defending and bringing warranty and indemnity claims; contractual disputes and dealing with loss-of-profit claims; defending and bringing negligence claims; obtaining urgent injunctive relief, for example in relation to employee fraud and making applications for judicial review against public authorities and central government. Particular expertise in disputes relating to pensions, tax and trusts. CEDR-accredited mediator and higher rights of audience in civil proceedings. Acted in the following reported tax cases: Howell and Morton v Linda Trippier (HMT) [2004] EWCA Civ 885, Halifax plc and others v The Commissioners and Customs & Excise for the VAT and Duties Tribunal (LTL 12/6/022); appeal to the High Court and reference to the ECJ [2006]; Neways International (UK) Limited v Customs & Excise Commissioners [2003] WL 1823113; Bradmount Investments Ltd v Williams de Broe plc and others [2005] EWHC 2449; Betafence v Veys [2006] EWHC 999.


Articled Herbert Smith; qualified 1991; solicitor Addleshaw Goddard 1991; partner 1999 to date.


Law Society of England and Wales; Association of Pensions Lawyers.


Durham University (1988 BA Law).


Travel, skiing, outdoor activities.

London: Human resources


Within: Pensions

Addleshaw Goddard fields  'a strong team with a high degree of technical knowledge'. Its pensions expertise encompasses auto-enrolment issues, public sector pension work and pension products with particular expertise in self-invested personal pension (SIPP) and small self-administered scheme (SSAS) products. The national practice is led by Rachel Rawnsley, who 'instils confidence in clients', and includes pension products team head Jade Murray, who is 'always great and an excellent strategist'; Catherine McAllister, who leads the public sector pensions team; Rachel Uttley and Susan Garrett, who is the key name for contentious matters.

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law

Within: Administrative and public law

Addleshaw Goddard has a strong dispute resolution team that handles litigation, judicial reviews and regulatory challenges for commercial clients, especially in the energy sector as well as government and other public bodies. A client affirms: 'They have a good judicial review regulatory team and are frequently instructed in the energy sector.' Simon Kamstra  'is excellent with clients and an inspirational leader of a team' and Bill Gilliam 'is truly excellent - one of the best strategic thinkers.' The team is further enhanced by Clare Dwyer 'who is a measured and confident practitioner who is imaginative about finding solutions for her clients including ADR.' Managing associate Paul Rowley  and Susan Garrett are also well rated practitioners. Highlight work includes acting for Scottish and Southern Energy which joined a judicial review challenge against Ofgem on the highly contested matter of the statutory basis for charging for connections to the national grid by electricity distributors.

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North West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Manchester

Within: Leading individuals

Susan Garrett - Addleshaw Goddard

Within: Commercial litigation: Manchester

The ‚Äėsuperb‚Äô four-partner team at Addleshaw Goddard¬†handles complex commercial disputes for local, national and international clients, and stands out for its ‚Äėbusiness acumen‚Äô, its ‚Äėwillingness to be flexible‚Äô and for its ‚Äėability to think around the solution tactically‚Äô. Recent high-profile competition matters include representing the RHA, as co-counsel, in collective proceedings to be brought before the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) on behalf of businesses affected by the EU Truck Cartel; representing two of the former directors of Burnden Holdings (UK) (in Liquidation) in a claim brought by BHUKL and its liquidator alleging various dishonest breaches of fiduciary duty; and representing Co-operative Insurance in its claim against IBM relating to the wrongful purported termination of the contract under which it was to implement a new IT operating platform. ‚ÄėExceptional‚Äô team head Mark Molyneux¬†is ‚Äėcalm and considered‚Äô and is ‚Äėan¬†excellent communicator‚Äô. Susan Garrett¬†is ‚Äėexcellent on complex commercial disputes‚Äô and is representing a number of clients in regulatory issues involving medicines, electronic cigarettes and related products and engagement with the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency and the Department of Health. Other key figures include 'outstanding'¬†legal director Clare Dwyer, who¬†is ‚Äėresponsive, commercial and pragmatic‚Äô; and managing associates¬†Nicholas Ashcroft, who has a particular focus on disputes in the industrial sector and Sub-Saharan Africa,¬†Paul Rowley, who regularly advises clients operating in the public sector, and¬†Victoria Pool, who is ‚Äėbrilliant‚Äô.¬†Samantha Haigh¬†and Alexandra Seabridge¬†are also recommended, as are legal director Helen Collinge, who acts for lender clients,¬†and Harold Brako, who specialises in banking and finance litigation. John Gosling recently retired.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Human resources


Within: Pensions

Addleshaw Goddard's pensions group represents blue chip corporates, key regional businesses and trustee boards in a range of both contentious and non-contentious matters. Rachel Rawnsley heads the national pensions practice, and is supported by Jade Murray, Susan Garrett and Rachel Uttley in the Yorkshire region. The practice is instructed by Saga plc on a cross-border matter consulting staff on amendments to pension schemes. In another work highlight, the team advised WPP 2005 on the £150m buy-in transaction of all pensioner and deferred liabilities with Pension Insurance Corporation, involving five defined benefit schemes. The team has also been engaged by the trustees of a number of pension schemes to provide data protection advice prior to the implementation of the GDPR. With particular experience in both the education and retail sector, key clients of the group include the trustees of the University of Sheffield and the University of Leeds pension schemes, in addition to the trustees of the Asda Group Pension Scheme and Asda Pension Plan and the Co-operative Group. The team also has experience representing clients in the manufacturing, financial services and institutions, and energy and utilities industries.

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