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Stephenson Harwood

Living Wage
1 FINSBURY CIRCUS, LONDON, EC2M 7SH, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7329 4422
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Fax 020 7329 7100
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64 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
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Sue Millar

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Work 020 7809 2329
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Stephenson Harwood

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Commercial litigation.

Position

Sue is an experienced and well-respected litigator.  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.


Iran

Foreign law firms

Within: Foreign law firms

Stephenson Harwood has considerable experience advising local and international clients, largely from the financial services and transport sectors, on banking and sanctions matters, which frequently have a contentious element. Dubai-based co-head Rovine Chandrasekera acted for the National Iranian Tanker Company in challenging the re-imposition of EU sanction measures before the General Court of the EU and the Court of Justice of the European Union. London-based co-head Sue Millar has ‚Äėan excellent knowledge of Iranian sanctions and the banking system in particular‚Äô and is ‚Äėgood to work with‚Äô. Shipping litigator Edward Newitt joined the firm‚Äôs Dubai office from HFW in 2016.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Within: Leading individuals

Sue Millar - Stephenson Harwood

Within: Banking litigation: investment and retail

Finance litigation is a core practice area for Stephenson Harwood, which frequently advises on matters involving litigation in multiple jurisdictions and 'combines excellent sector knowledge with a genuine litigation focus'. The 'excellent team provides very prompt responses and is very strong at analysing cases' strengths and weaknesses'. Key work included acting for Natixis in a claim against Marex Financial (an independent commodities broker and trader) and Access World Logistics (Singapore) (a Glencore-owned provider of London Metal Exchange warehousing), which involved five spot-purchase contracts (and related repo transactions) for the sale of nickel; the case is expected to produce significant implications in the context of commodity financing, particularly the use of warehouse receipts in repo and other transactions of this nature. In other matters, the group advised Commerzbank on its claims against Liquimar Tankers Management and Pauline Shippingo, which arose out of loan and guarantee documentation that contained asymmetric jurisdiction agreements. The finance co-litigation heads are Sue Millar and Edward Davis. Other recommended names are commercial litigation department head John Fordham, 'who has excellent knowledge of cases', Richard Garcia, Donna Newman and Richard Gwynne.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Stephenson Harwood's 'excellent practice is genuinely focused on litigation'. It¬†has¬†particular expertise in cases involving financial services, shareholder disputes, public international law and fraud, which are frequently¬†multi- jurisdictional. The team represented¬†Blue Power in Business List proceedings against Eni, the Italian oil and gas multinational, which are valued at over ‚ā¨1 bn; the¬†matter arose out of an oil and gas field project, including¬†a claim for breach of contractual obligations of exclusivity that arose from Eni's engagement of third parties.¬†John Fordham¬†is department head;¬†Sue Millar¬†and¬†Edward Davis¬†are co-financial litigation heads; ¬†Richard Gwynne's practice covers¬†banking and finance litigation, shareholder and joint venture disputes, and complex cross-border disputes;¬†and¬†Richard Garcia¬†has¬†particular experience of shareholder, partnership, joint venture, post-acquisition and corporate investment disputes.¬†Sean Jeffrey¬†and Andrew Myers¬†are also highly rated,¬†Kate Cordery¬†was made partner, and Guy Harper¬†and Alina Neal¬†are key senior associates.

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Public international law

Within: Public international law

A significant part of Stephenson Harwood's public international law (PIL) practice is focused on international sanctions and international enforcement actions; and it is best known for advising governments or state-owned corporations. The group is also noted for Africa-related matters and has a growing investment treaty and investor-state disputes practice. PIL practice leader Kamal Shah is also head of the Africa and India groups; Sue Millar is also a key contact; and Stephen Ashley, who has particular experience in EU and UK-related sanctions' matters, and Vivek Kapoor are notable senior associates.

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