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Sue Thackeray

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Kingsley Napley LLP

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Dispute Resolution


Sue is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution team. She has over 20 years' experience in all aspects of commercial litigation for claimants and defendants, with particular expertise in civil fraud, insolvency, sport related matters including contractual representation and dispute resolution, disciplinary and regulatory matters and reputation management.

Sue has particular expertise representing individuals and corporates in the sport, financial services and music industries.


Russell Jones & Walker (now Slater and Gordon) - 1982 - 2007
Howard Kennedy - Partner and Head of Commercial Litigation - 2007 - 2016
Kingsley Napley - Partner - 2016 - Current


Fraud Lawyers' Association

Commercial Fraud Lawyers’ Association

Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers Association

The London Solicitors Litigation Association

The Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Lawyers

The Female Fraud Forum


College of Law, London

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil

Within: Leading individuals

Sue Thackeray - Kingsley Napley LLP

Within: Fraud: civil

Kingsley Napley LLP¬†deals with international disputes including fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of trust, deceit, bribery and corruption. The firm successfully defended Crockfords which operates Genting Casinos, against a claim by professional poker player Phil Ivey in which it refused to pay out winnings to him on the basis he had commited fraud against the casino by using a gambling technique called ‚Äėedge sorting‚Äô. This case was worth ¬£7.8m and the final judgment was handed down by the Supreme Court in October 2017. Practice head Richard Foss¬†is ‚Äėan extremely able, versatile, and experienced partner with excellent analytical skills and very fine judgement‚Äô. Sue Thackeray¬†¬†‚Äėdoesn‚Äôt miss a trick and is extremely effective at seeing how to obtain the best solution‚Äô. William Christopher¬†and Fiona Simpson¬†are also recommended.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Within: Banking litigation: investment and retail

Kingsley Napley LLP regularly acts on behalf of both individuals and corporate entities making claims against banks, financial advisers and other investment bodies for negligence and breach of contract, with particular experience in investor and mis-selling claims, fraud-related disputes and misrepresentations. Richard Foss leads the disputes practice and is experienced in both obtaining and defending injunctive proceedings, including freezing and search orders. Gerard Cukier, Sue Thackeray, William Christopher and Ryan Mowat are all highly rated.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Kingsley Napley LLP's 'user-friendly, capable practice' is best known for acting for entrepreneurs and successful individuals in business, but increasingly the team acts for corporate clients in major litigation. The team defended Glasgow's Rangers Football Club in long-running litigation with Sports Direct and its owner Mike Ashley (and other Sports Direct companies); the dispute involved allegations of breaches of confidential information. Richard Foss  is department head; Ryan Mowat is 'one of the best all-round litigators currently in practice'; William Christopher is 'sensible, clever and responsive'; and Gerard Cukier 'instils great confidence'. Fiona Simpson and Sue Thackeray are also highly rated. Mary Young is a key senior associate and associate Kate Salter  is 'a star of the future'.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Sport

Covering 'a broad range of sports work', including commercial disputes, transactional work, reputation management and regulatory matters, the team at¬†Kingsley Napley LLP¬†has 'a very deep understanding of the sector'. 'No-nonsense' group head¬†Sue Thackeray¬†has 'an unrivalled knowledge of motorsports', and 'marries a broad legal knowledge with a disarming manner¬†‚Äď the other side doesn't know it's been hit 'til it's on the floor'.¬†Ryan Mowat¬†'loves nothing better than turning a difficult case into a winner'; he acted for Rangers FC in a long-running commercial dispute with Sports Direct, which was settled in June 2017.¬†'Elder statesman'¬†Gerard Cukier¬†and criminal expert¬†David Sleight¬†are also active in sports litigation.

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