Sue Millar > Stephenson Harwood > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Stephenson Harwood

Work Department

Commercial litigation.


Sue is an experienced and well-respected litigator whose expertise in commercial and banking litigation is recognised by Chambers UK. Clients value her responsiveness and her commitment to finding solutions to complex problems. She co-heads the firm’s “technically strong” finance litigation team.

Sue is a finance litigation specialist. She focuses on investment banking disputes, involving highly complex products and structures. Her expertise extends to commercial and private banking and trade finance disputes.

She is also recognised for her expertise in commercial dispute resolution where her pragmatic approach wins praise. Clients describe her as knowing “the best deal and how to achieve it”. She advises a diverse range of clients including insurance brokers, asset managers, corporate and pension trustees and insolvency professionals.

Sue also leads the firm’s sanctions group. She advises on a range of contentious and non-contentious issues arising in relation to the various Iranian, Libyan, Syrian and Russian sanctions regimes. Her experience in this area extends to acting for designated entities and individuals in challenging their designations before the EU Courts.

Lawyer Rankings

Iran > Foreign law firms

(Leading individuals)

Sue MillarStephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood has been providing legal advice to Iranian institutions for more than four decades. It advises local and international clients in all areas of business in Iran, notably the banking sector. It also covers other areas such as sanctions, litigation, shipping, fraud and asset tracing, banking and financial institutions and energy. London-based litigator Sue Millar, who also heads the firm’s sanctions practice, is the key contact, although the firm’s Dubai office also has a track record of cross-Gulf work.

London > Dispute resolution > Public international law

Stephenson Harwood‘s practice acts for state entities and state-owned companies, and houses experts in financial sanctions. Practice head Kamal Shah also leads the Africa and India groups; Ben Sigler is ‘an insightful lawyer‘; and Sue Millar, Richard Garcia and of counsel Stephen Ashley have ‘great knowledge of PIL issues‘.

London > Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail

(Leading individuals)

Sue MillarStephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood‘s banking disputes practice spans the full spectrum of matters in this space, with experience handling complex litigation involving group claims as well as disputes involving allegations of fraud, bribery and misselling. The group further stands out for the geographic breadth of its workload in this area, which includes representing clients in cross-border disputes relating to East Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the US. Sue Millar and Edward Davis jointly lead the practice; Davis is regularly called in to work on litigation stemming from loan facilities and securitised debt, while Millar is a ‘dynamic and creative lawyer’ who is widely recognised for her expertise in sanctions. Genevieve Quierin focuses on group actions. Richard Garcia counts a number of international banks among his clients and is ‘commercially-minded and modern in his approach’, while Donna Newman ‘manages litigation with great skill and effectiveness’. John Fordham has deep experience in this sector and continues to represent clients before the High Court.

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium

(Leading individuals)

Sue MillarStephenson Harwood

The ‘exceptionally smart lawyers‘ at Stephenson Harwood represent a diverse client roster (spanning major brands, private equity funds, governments and high-net-worth-individuals) across a full range of high value litigation matters, often with parallel proceedings in several jurisdictions. Edward Davis and Paul Thwaite jointly lead the team. At partner level, ‘force of natureSue Millar, ‘razor sharpRichard Garcia, Genevieve Quierin (who specialises in competition private enforcement actions) and Guy Harper (whose focus is on the oil and gas, financial services, and fine arts sectors) are singled out. In terms of senior associates, Chris Pettett is the name to note.