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Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

4 MORE LONDON RIVERSIDE, LONDON, SE1 2AU, ENGLAND
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Work 0345 415 0000
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www.womblebonddickinson.com

Sushma MacGeoch

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Work 0207 788 2320
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Web:
www.womblebonddickinson.com
Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Work Department

Insurance group.

Position

Sushma is Head of Insurance Disputes, leading the national team based in London, Leeds, Bristol and Southampton.  Sushma has over 22 years’ experience as a professional indemnity and construction specialist. She is an expert in the defence of complex high value claims against solicitors, valuers, accountants, brokers and construction professionals, to include architects engineers and contractors. Sushma also regularly acts as coverage counsel. Sushma’s clients include major Insurers and construction companies.

The Legal 500 names Sushma as ‘a good strategist and excellent negotiator’, 'a natural born litigator' and a 'very professional' and ‘experienced’ professional indemnity specialist. Recent experience includes: defending solicitors in £130m claim arising from credit hire litigation handled on behalf of Insurers; defending accountants in £15m film finance litigation; defending groundworks contractor in multiparty £12m claim arising from failure of floor slab in warehouse distribution centre resulting in landmark decision in Co-Op Group Limited v Birse Developments Limited and others on limitation in claims against construction professionals; defending architects on £40m claim arising from failure of commercial complex; acting as coverage counsel on block notification by brokers with potential claim value exceeding £80m.

Sushma was shortlisted for Women in Finance Insurance Leader of the Year Award 2019.

Career

Sushma qualified in 1992 and joined leading insurance practice Kennedys in 1995. She became a partner at Kennedys in 2003; partner, Bond Dickinson in April 2015; partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP on combination in 2017.


London: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP’s ‘commercial, responsive, pragmatic and approachable’ department regularly defends claims against solicitors, valuers, construction professionals, auditors, accountants, tax advisers, brokers, financial advisers, directors and officers, and financial institutions. It is also experienced in claims with an insolvency aspect. Insurance disputes head Sushma MacGeoch, a ‘natural born litigator’ and a ‘calm and impressive operator’, is defending a solicitors' firm and its insurer in the High Court against a £130m claim brought by Accident Exchange against various former directors of Autofocus and solicitors who dealt with road traffic accident claims; she is also defending a firm of solicitors in a $210m negligence claim arising from a share purchase agreement relating to Russian oil exploration licences. Construction insurance head Hannah Cane is ‘tough yet commercially astute’ and ‘incisive in her analysis’, and ‘goes out of her way to put the clients’ needs at the heart of the excellent service she delivers’. Jane Williams routinely handles claims against solicitors, brokers and accountants, and represented a firm of solicitors in a claim by a former client alleging that steps taken by the firm in connection with the sale of the client's company were in breach of trust and facilitated a fraud. Jonathan Drake is head of insurance, while managing associates Belinda Fox and David Rees Smith, who is a ‘real team player’, are singled out for praise, as is associate Lucy Murphy.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Insurance

Professional negligence: defendant

Within: Professional negligence: defendant

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has 'a well-earned reputation' as a 'major player in professional indemnity work'. Professional negligence specialist and chartered tax adviser, Karen Eckstein is a 'market leader in tax-related negligence cases' and heads the team in Leeds.  Eckstein works closely with London-based Sushma MacGeoch, who leads the UK-wide professional risks team and head of insurance Jonathan Drake. The team acts for national insurer clients including AIG. Jonathan Watmough !Leeds left the practice to join Keystone Law.

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