Before being called to the Bar Susanne worked for several years on the swaps sales desk of the investment banking arm of a major Japanese bank (Sumitomo Finance International). Subsequently she was an accounts executive looking after the money market, investment and hedging needs of corporates, associations and high net worth individuals in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, first for Raiffeisenzentralbank Austria based in London and then for Sal. Oppenheim & Cie in Cologne and Frankfurt.
Susanne’s focus has been, from the beginning, on banking, financial services and professional negligence cases, the latter mainly with a financial flavour (IFAs, accountants, solicitors). In recent years she has developed a particular expertise in financial services regulation. She represents claimants against banks and professional advisers and has acted for and against IFAs in disputes with their financial services networks up to the Court of Appeal. She regularly acts on instructions from a major high street bank.
Susanne is equally at home in litigating general contractual and commercial disputes, claims involving business disposals, share purchase agreements and breaches of warranty, partnership disputes, civil fraud actions, insurance cases and economic torts.
Susanne is a lawyer with a strong sense and understanding of the commercial, reputational and personal priorities of her clients, and these matters always complement and inform her legal advice.
Litigation: Susanne is highly rated as an advocate. She has a reputation for tenacity and strength in court. She is always passionately interested in the detail of her case, believes in meticulous preparation and is known for her incisive examination of witnesses.
Advisory: Susanne has a busy advisory practice in all her core areas. She favours a hands-on approach to shaping her cases from first advice and taking the necessary tactical, procedural and evidential decisions along the way to a successful outcome for her client. She is particularly adept at analysing complex factual and legal problems and presenting a cogent and persuasive narrative and argument.
Mediation: Susanne qualified as a mediator on the CeDR programme in January 2007 and acts as a mediator in all of her practice areas. She also has considerable experience as an advocate representing and advising clients in mediations before and after the issue of court proceedings. She appreciates that the aim of a successful negotiated settlement requires skills that are quite different from the barrister’s adversarial stance in court. Her experience and strength in negotiation have secured favourable settlements for her clients in hard fought and difficult cases.
What the directories say
Susanne has been listed in the Legal 500 directory since 2008. Recent entries describe her as:-
“Extremely bright, straight-talking and very good with clients” (2017)
“Tenacious, thorough, approachable and strong in court” (2016)
“Very thorough with papers, and drafts excellent statements of case” (2015)
“Commended for her engagement with clients” (2013)
“Her written work is of the highest quality” (2012)
Reported and ongoing cases
Appeared in the High Court and Court of Appeal for financial services networks against their former IFAs:
AXA Sun Life Services Plc v Campbell Martin Ltd (and 4 others)  EWCA Civ 133
Thinc Group Ltd v (1) Helen Armstrong (2) Ashley Armstrong  EWHC 3152
Thinc Group Ltd v (1) Helen Armstrong (2) Ashley Armstrong  EWCA Civ 1227
Thinc Group Ltd v Jeremy Kingdom  EWCA Civ 1303
Acting for defendant, a former appointed representative (AR) of claimant financial services network, defending a substantial claim for recovery of insurance excesses incurred in relation to allegedly unsuitable/negligent advice by the AR
Acted in several high value interest rate hedging mis-selling and Libor fixing claims, all settled on favourable terms. Acted in Elite Property Holdings v Barclays  EWHC 3294 (QB) and acted as junior to Paul Marshall drafting particulars of claim and detailed annexes in London Executive Aviation v RBS  EWHC 1516 (HC).
Acting in professional negligence claim against national firm of solicitors involving the client’s loss of opportunity to sue RBS for consequential losses caused by several mis-sold collars. A loss of chance claim valued at £5-7m.
Acted in interest rate hedging product mis-selling claim and added a s.140A Consumer Credit Act (unfair relationship) claim for debt write off and security release. Case settled on very favourable terms to clients.
Defending enforcement of security claim by an assignee of the original lender in relation to a £1.75m loan by asserting a s.140A Consumer Credit Act (unfair relationship).
Advised in a claim against Coutts for mis-sold Novus and DIMA investments.
Appeared for claimant in 5 day High Court trial involving professional negligence and ICOBS breaches against a bank’s insurance advisers in the context of providing life insurance (which failed) for the claimant’s loan exposure.
Appeared for defendant in a 4 day High Court trial defending claim for enforcement of a compulsory purchase of defendant’s shares pursuant to the terms of a shareholders’ agreement and an expert valuation. Case settled after submissions on terms favourable to client.
Appeared for claimant in 8 day trial between erstwhile joint venturers. Defeated substantial counterclaim alleging a variety of economic torts: Miller v Stonier  EWHC 2796 (Ch)