Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution
It was, Susan says, the firm’s impressive dynamism and ethos that made her want to join Muckle in 2010. Since then, she has strengthened the team to reflect her extensive experience in heavyweight multi-party litigation, particularly in large, complex matters, cross-jurisdictional litigation, financial fraud and tracing remedies. Susan spent almost ten years at Slaughter and May in London where she gained particular expertise in banking and international trade law, with wide procedural knowledge, especially in relation to injunctive relief. Having returned to her native North East, as Head of Commercial Litigation at Eversheds in Newcastle she was a lead partner on several high profile public inquiries, including those into Bloody Sunday and Harold Shipman.
Susan has also advised professional indemnity insurance providers, pension fund trustees and manufacturers, and has been acknowledged by Chambers and Partners as a notable practitioner who is ‘very effective’ and ‘has a fine track record in complex commercial disputes,’ with sources noting that she is ‘exceptionally confidence-inspiring.’ Legal 500 has also acknowledged her as a leading individual and as being ‘very practical and straightforward, and someone you want on your side in a dispute.’
Susan’s professional goal is, she’ll tell you, not just to provide a technically excellent dispute resolution service, but also to deliver commercial results. Which is something she believes fits perfectly with the Muckle culture.
Susan has a wealth of experience in the manufacturing sector advising a variety of companies including in the automotive and aerospace industries. She has represented both claimants and defendants on various contractual disputes arising out of manufacturing agreements and has obtained emergency relief in the UK and internationally for manufacturing clients. She has also advised on agency, distribution and franchising agreements, supply chain disputes, joint venture and collaboration agreements. She also advises on standard terms of business and public procurement matters.