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Sushma has a broad commercial practice with a particular emphasis on insurance and reinsurance, professional negligence, shipping and international trade, and international arbitration.

Sushma has been instructed in a wide variety of commercial disputes both as sole counsel and as a junior.  Sushma has appeared in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, Commercial Court, county courts and in many international arbitrations (including LMAA, LCIA, ICC, ARIAS, SIAC and Bermuda Form arbitrations).  She has undertaken advocacy on her own in many of these forums, including successfully appearing against counsel more senior than her.  Sushma also often works as part of a wider counsel team in complex commercial disputes leading to lengthy trials.

Sushma’s highlighted cases include the 2020 COVID-19 business interruption test case (at first instance and in the Supreme Court) brought by the FCA against eight insurers, including Ecclesiastical Insurance Office plc and MS Amlin Underwriting Ltd (Sushma’s clients); Ferster v Ferster [2016] EWCA Civ 717, a case concerned with the unambiguous impropriety exception to without prejudice privilege; and Involnert Management v Aprilgrange Limited [2015] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 289, a multi-million euro professional negligence claim in the Commercial Court concerned with the insurance of a super yacht.

Sushma was called to the Singapore Bar in February 2015.  She is ranked in the Legal 500 in Insurance & Reinsurance, International Arbitration, Professional Negligence, Shipping and Commodities. In October 2010 Sushma was cited by Legal Week as one of the “Stars at the Bar”.

Sushma also accepts arbitration appointments. She has acted as an arbitrator appointed by the LCIA Court.  She is also on the panel of arbitrators for the Lloyd’s Arbitration Scheme, Tiers 1 and 2.


Called 2007, Lincoln’s Inn (Marchant and Hardwick scholar); tenant since 2008.


Malay; Kannada (spoken).




Anglo-Chinese Junior College, Singapore; Trinity College, Cambridge (2006 BA First Class); Inns of Court School of Law (2007 BVC).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Sushma Ananda7 King’s Bench WalkObviously super intelligent, hard working and a genuine pleasure to work with.

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Sushma Ananda7 King’s Bench WalkA joy to work with – responsive, meticulous attention to detail, and very collaborative.

London Bar > Shipping

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Sushma Ananda7 King’s Bench WalkVery thorough and on-point advice which clearly demonstrated an understanding of the relevant business and in-depth knowledge of the applicable legal framework.

7 King’s Bench Walk is praised by clients for its ‘excellent strength in depth for shipping, insurance and shipbuilding’, with the sets’ silks and juniors engaged in high-profile matters in court and arbitration. Robert Bright QC continues to act at the highest level on matters such as CMA CGM Libra, a Supreme Court case concerning the test for seaworthiness in which he and Richard Sarll represented the International Group of P&I Clubs as interveners. Elsewhere, Stephen Hofmeyr QC was instructed on Argentum Exploration Limited v Silver, a case relating to silver recovered from the wreck of the SS Tilawa. The set is also active on marine insurance cases, including Psara Energy vs Lancashire Insurance, a disputed war risks claim which saw Peter MacDonald Eggers QC leading Marcus Mander and Benjamin Parker, with Hofmeyr QC and Alexander MacDonald on the opposing side. Sushma Ananda also had a strong year, acting in a number of dry shipping disputes.

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 6

Sushma Ananda7 King’s Bench Walk

London Bar > Commodities

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Sushma Ananda7 King’s Bench WalkShe cuts to the key points very quickly and knows the strengths and weaknesses of each party’s position inside-out.