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Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP
4 MORE LONDON RIVERSIDE
LONDON
SE1 2AU
England

Work Department

Insurance group.

Position

Sushma MacGeoch is Head of Insurance Disputes at Womble Bond Dickinson, leading the national team based in London, Bristol and Southampton.  Sushma has over 25 years’ experience as a professional indemnity and construction specialist.  She is an expert in the defence of complex high value claims against solicitors, valuers, accountants, brokers and construction professionals, to include architects engineers and contractors. Sushma also regularly acts as coverage counsel. Sushma’s clients include major Insurers and construction companies.

Sushma is ranked as a Leading Individual in Legal 500.  Legal 500 2020 refers to Sushma as “a stand-out partner.. [she] has enormous courage and steely determination which is matched with poise and finesse” and that she “is an exceptional professional; her knowledge, style, resilience and personality are what set her aside and ensure she is the leader of this impressive and growing team.”

Recent experience includes: defending solicitors in £130m claim arising from credit hire litigation handled on behalf of Insurers; defending accountants in £15m film finance litigation; defending groundworks contractor in multiparty £12m claim arising from failure of floor slab in warehouse distribution centre resulting in landmark decision in Co-Op Group Limited v Birse Developments Limited and others on limitation in claims against construction professionals; defending architects on £40m claim arising from failure of commercial complex; acting as coverage counsel on block notification by brokers with potential claim value exceeding £80m.

Sushma MacGeoch was shortlisted for Women in Finance Insurance Leader of the Year Award 2019. 

Under Sushma’s leadership, the Womble Bond Dickinson Insurance Disputes team has won a number of accolades to include Insurance Team of the Year 2017 Legal Business Awards; Shortlisted for Insurance Firm of the Year 2017 Post Claims Awards; Highly Commended in FT Innovative Lawyers Awards Europe 2017 for Private Edge Product developed with AIG: Winner of Commercial Insurance Law Firm of the Year UK – 2018 Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards; Legal 500 award for Insurance Firm (Specialism) of the Year for our expertise in professional negligence in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Career

Sushma qualified in 1992 and joined leading insurance practice Kennedys in 1995. She became a partner at Kennedys in 2003; partner, Bond Dickinson in April 2015; partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP on combination in 2017.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Insurance > Professional negligence

(Leading individuals)

Sushma MacGeochWomble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP ‘s national insurance disputes team, which includes lawyers in London, Bristol and Southampton, is led by Sushma MacGeoch  – she is ‘a tenacious litigator, who instils confidence in her team and fights ferociously to achieve the best outcome for the client.’ Hannah Cane is head of construction insurance, while David Clark is head of claims handling. Simon Beckwith is another key name, with ‘the strategic skills of a chess grandmaster in plotting his clients’ cases.’