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

Stephenson Harwood
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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.

Sue co-heads the firm’s Iran group with Dubai managing partner, Rovine Chandrasekera.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail

(Leading individuals)

Sue MillarStephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood‘s ‘highly experienced practice‘ regularly advises on large, high-value and technically challenging disputes, and it has recently assisted with disputes involving alleged interest-rate benchmarking, FX-fixing and mis-selling. Sue Millar and Edward Davis co-run the banking and finance litigation subgroup, and John Fordham is commercial litigation department head. Other experienced partners are Richard GarciaDonna Newman and Richard Gwynne, while Alina Neal is the senior associate to note.

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation

Stephenson Harwood has particular strengths in cross-border disputes in the energy, financial services, shipping, aviation, art and real estate sectors. Recent growth included the hiring of Justin McClelland, who is focused on contentious financial regulation, economic crime, and corporate investigations, from Winston & Strawn LLP.  John Fordham heads the commercial litigation group; Richard Garcia has particular litigation expertise in relation to shareholders, partnership joint ventures, post-acquisition issues and corporate investments; meanwhile Sue Millar is particularly focused on the financial services and international trade sectors. Also highly rated are Edward DavisRichard Gwynne, sports law group head Ben Sigler and Kate CorderyGuy Harper was made partner in 2019, and Caroline Houghton and Alina Neal are the senior associates to note.

London > Dispute resolution > Public international law

Stephenson Harwood combines ‘second-to-none‘ expertise in international sanctions and enforcement issues with its work representing governments and state-owned companies in investment treaty and investor-state disputes. Department head Kamal Shah has strong experience in Africa and India-related arbitration. Sue Millar advises on a range of contentious and non-contentious issues arising in relation to the various Iranian, Libyan, Syrian and Russian sanctions regimes. Richard Garcia and senior associate Stephen Ashley are ‘superb lawyers in the sanctions and public international law sphere‘.

Iran > Foreign law firms

(Leading individuals)

Sue MillarStephenson Harwood LLP

Stephenson Harwood LLP‘s London-based practice group has been kept busy advising on a number of high-profile and complex multi-jurisdictional cases for international and Iranian clients, with a focus on sanctions compliance and regulatory issues. Practice head Sue Millar has a strong reputation for handling matters concerning EU and UK sanctions. Of counsel Stephen Ashley is also a key contact.