Susan Garrett > Addleshaw Goddard > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

Addleshaw Goddard
M2 3DE

Work Department

Litigation and dispute resolution group.


Partner with extensive experience of a wide variety of high-profile and large-value disputes for commercial enterprises; expertise includes both defending and bringing warranty and indemnity claims; contractual disputes and dealing with loss-of-profit claims; defending and bringing negligence claims; obtaining urgent injunctive relief, for example in relation to employee fraud and making applications for judicial review against public authorities and central government. Particular expertise in disputes relating to pensions, tax and trusts. CEDR-accredited mediator and higher rights of audience in civil proceedings. Acted in the following reported tax cases: Howell and Morton v Linda Trippier (HMT) [2004] EWCA Civ 885, Halifax plc and others v The Commissioners and Customs & Excise for the VAT and Duties Tribunal (LTL 12/6/022); appeal to the High Court and reference to the ECJ [2006]; Neways International (UK) Limited v Customs & Excise Commissioners [2003] WL 1823113; Bradmount Investments Ltd v Williams de Broe plc and others [2005] EWHC 2449; Betafence v Veys [2006] EWHC 999.


Articled Herbert Smith; qualified 1991; solicitor Addleshaw Goddard 1991; partner 1999 to date.


Law Society of England and Wales; Association of Pensions Lawyers.


Durham University (1988 BA Law).


Travel, skiing, outdoor activities.

Lawyer Rankings

North West > Insurance > Professional negligence

Addleshaw Goddard handles professional negligence claims for commercial clients, including those made against trustees of pension schemes, insurance brokers and solicitors. The team deals with matters relating to the banking and construction sectors and acts for lender clients in relation to negligence and fraud claims made against solicitors and surveyors. Nick Ashcroft heads the team alongside Susan Garrett, who is recognised for her work on claims that involve pensions, tax and trusts. Victoria Pool acts exclusively for policyholders in coverage disputes.

North West > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Manchester

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The ‘first rate‘ offering at Addleshaw Goddardtakes no prisoners and achieves outstanding results‘. The Manchester office is a hub for leading specialists, including Susan Garrett, who leads on technology and pensions disputes; ‘force of nature‘ Nicholas Ashcroft, who oversees business protection litigation; and competition claims expert Samantha Haigh, who made partner in May 2021. Haigh’s recent promotion was just the first in a series of team developments, which also included the recruitment of Catherine Radcliffe from Provenio Litigation in November 2021, and the internal move of Jean Boldero from the firm’s restructuring department. The group continues to demonstrate ‘the strength in depth to deal with the full spectrum of issues‘, with recommended practitioners ranging from seasoned ‘stand-outMark Molyneux to legal director Clare Dwyer, to managing associate Paul Rowley.

London > Employment > Pensions: dispute resolution

Addleshaw Goddard‘s pensions disputes group is positioned to handle litigation arising out of SIPPs, SSAS and pensions products, as well as instructions related to pensions liberation and fraud. The group is also well-versed in data breach issues relating to pensions. The team is led from Manchester by Susan Garrett (who has ‘the sort of experience you cannot buy‘), who is an expert in professional negligence claims, in addition to pensions liberation and fraud cases, and warranty and indemnity claims. In Leeds, Rachel Uttley focuses on internal dispute resolution procedures and pension ombudsman claims, while Jade Murray, head of the SIPPs and pension products team, acts for trustees and administrators in a variety of contentious issues. Rachel Rawnsley is also in Leeds and has a strong trustee client base and London’s Catherine McAllister is the name to note for court applications seeking directions and rectification.

Yorkshire and the Humber > Employment > Pensions

Addleshaw Goddard houses the region’s preeminent pensions practice. The group is praised for its ‘excellent knowledge and technical expertise’ and regularly handles large scale transactions for FTSE100 clients. Jointly led by Jade Murray  and Rachel Rawnsley, the team has particular specialisms in SIPP and SSAS, buy-ins and buy-outs and university pension schemes. Rachel Uttley also leads the wider group and its specialist bulk annuity practice, which was further strengthened by the arrival of Richard Shelton in September 2021 from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP. In Manchester, Susan Garrett is the head of the pensions disputes team.