Sue Millar > Stephenson Harwood > London, England > Lawyer Profile
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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(Leading individuals)
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.
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‘.
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.
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 nature‘ Sue Millar, ‘razor sharp‘ Richard 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.
- Leading individuals - London > Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail
- Leading individuals - London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium
- Commercial litigation: premium - London > Dispute resolution
- Banking litigation: investment and retail - London > Dispute resolution
- Public international law - London > Dispute resolution
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Private client > Art and cultural property
- Dispute resolution > Commodities disputes
- Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – small-mid cap
- Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil
- Investment fund formation and management > Listed funds
- Employment > Pensions: dispute resolution
- Transport > Rail
- Transport > Aviation
- Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium
- Private client > Contentious trusts and probate
- Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious
- Employment > Pensions (non-contentious)
- Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate
- Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates)
- Transport > Shipping
- Finance > Transport finance and leasing
- Corporate and commercial > VAT and indirect tax
- Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail
- Employment > Employers
- Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals)
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious)
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design
- Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare
- Corporate and commercial > M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas
- Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m)
- Insurance > Professional negligence
- Real estate > Property litigation
- Investment fund formation and management > Real estate funds
- Employment > Senior executives
- Finance > Trade finance
- Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts
- Real estate > Construction: contentious
- Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax
- Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity
- Employment > Employee share schemes
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure
- Insurance > Insurance and reinsurance litigation
- Dispute resolution > International arbitration
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
- Investment fund formation and management > Private funds
- Real estate > Property finance
- Dispute resolution > Public international law
- Public sector > Administrative and public law
- Real estate > Commercial property: investment
- Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency
- Insurance > Insurance: corporate and regulatory
- Dispute resolution > Mediators
- Finance > Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
- Corporate and commercial > EU and competition
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport
- Private client > Charities and not-for-profit