Suzanne specialises in employment, equality law and partnership. She focuses on high level discrimination and whistle-blowing claims, as well as contractual claims and injunctions in the High Court. Suzanne regularly acts for blue chip companies, LLPs, law firms, professional service firms, equity partners, LLP members and senior executives.
The 2015 edition of Chambers and Partners describes Suzanne as "a superb cross-examiner”, "commercial and client focussed”, and "a go – to for partnership disputes.” The 2014 edition of Chambers and Partners describes her as "an extremely capable barrister and has a lot of experience in dealing with discrimination in professional service firms." "Very forensic and detailed, she has a good robust manner and is very client-friendly."
Suzanne has also been described as "extremely accessible, commercial and clear in her advice" and "unflappable and persuasive...a fantastic cross-examiner" (Chambers & Partners 2013), many of her cases in the last few years have involved equity partners in hedge funds/private equity houses, and legal and accountancy firms in multi-million pound claims. Recently Suzanne successfully defended PwC in two lengthy discrimination cases brought by equity partners, with both claims being in excess of £15m (career loss damages being sought by the Claimants). She is currently acting for Deloitte in relation to a multi-million pound age discrimination complaint. Other instructions have come from the Global investment banking arm of RBS, Colt Technologies, Barchester Healthcare Homes (in relation to bonuses and share options), Sandals and Beaches Hotel Groups, Bank of Tokyo, Mitsui & Co, Worldpay and A Industries (anon) (in relation to breach of fiduciary duty/poor performance by a CEO).
Suzanne’s advocacy is a particular strength, being described recently as "works tirelessly for her clients and is incredible in cross-examination" (Chambers & Partners 2012).
Individual clients, as well as companies and LLPs, favour Suzanne as she has "practical experience of what it's like on the other side of the fence and, accordingly, understands what can be achieved", therefore she often advises and acts for senior executives both in defending injunctions and pursuing discrimination, breach of contract and whistle-blowing cases.
The legal directories recommend Suzanne as one of the leading employment specialists:
Suzanne advises in international legal cases concerning employment claims and discrimination, including by reference to the International Labour Organisation Conventions and Constitutions of other countries. Recently Suzanne has appeared in the Turks & Caicos Court of Appeal in relation to the lawfulness of payments by employees for their work permits.
Suzanne has advised very recently on matters arising from the Libor scandal and breach of fiduciary duties and FCA regulations in relation to trading. Suzanne also has extensive experience of leading internal harassment and discrimination investigations.
Suzanne chairs and conducts internal investigations as far as disciplinary matters are concerned, and has recently conducted a detailed investigation into widespread harassment within a workplace.
Suzanne is the Vice-President of the Employment Lawyers Association, formerly its Chair.
Suzanne regularly acts for claimants and defendants in relation to injunctive action concerning employee and team moves, as well as the use of confidential information and breaches of contract, fidelity and fiduciary duties. She also has experience of bringing and defending injunctions related to the imposition of disciplinary action. Recent cases include:
Suzanne deals with all aspects of employment law, both contentious and non-contentious. She has considerable experience in the field of whistle-blowing claims and breach of contract/fiduciary duties and bonus claims in the High Court. She regularly acts for companies, LLPs, firms and senior executives. Suzanne advises on all aspects of employment law, and in particular has recently advised on the activities of employees in relation to the Libor scandal. Suzanne also advises on terminations, disciplinary actions and on the drafting of, or impact of, employment policies. Recent cases include:
Suzanne has considerable experience of advising and acting in high level discrimination cases. Her immeasurable expertise in this particular field is well known and she has had recent involvement in all fields of equality law. As well as acting for companies, firms and LLPs, Suzanne acts for senior executives and equity partners as well as in multi-handed cases concerning impact on numerous employees. She regularly advises on policies and decision-making with equality law aspects. Suzanne advises and acts in international discrimination cases. She regularly provides diversity training to companies and LLPs.
Suzanne advises and acts in cases concerning the overlap between commercial and employment law, in particular in relation to the following matters:
Recently Suzanne has acted for Hedge Funds, banks and private equity houses. She is currently acting for a financial services house in relation to a claim against its former MD relating to stripping of bonus entitlement, inducing breach of contract, conspiracy and breach of fiduciary duty. Suzanne also acted this year for a former director being pursued for an account of profits in relation to his new business. Suzanne appeared in the High Court in January 2013 in relation to fraud allegations made against a former director of an international company. She is currently advising a private equity house on the duties of its members in relation to confidential information of clients and a law firm in relation to breach of professional duties where an in-house lawyer moves across to a rival.
Chambers and Partners 2015 describes Suzanne as "a go – to for partnership disputes". Suzanne advises and acts for LLPs, firms and equity partners in relation to all aspects of partnership law, including claims concerning remuneration, expulsion, retirement, breach of fiduciary duties and discrimination. Her most recent high profile cases have involved her acting for PwC in relation to claims by equity partners. Member of Association of Partnership Practitioners. Her recent cases include:
A v B – acting for an International Law firm in 2014 in relation to a complaint by a senior member of discrimination and financial irregularity. This involved Suzanne undertaking a week long investigation by meeting the alleged perpetrators, as well as the complainant and other witnesses, and reporting on the findings.
X v Z - Suzanne has been instructed in an ongoing matter by a Hedge Fund related to financial irregularity and breaches of fiduciary duty in relation to FCA approved individuals. Suzanne has undertaken an investigation and will report.
C v D – acting for a Private Equity House in 2013 following complaints of harassment and breaches of confidentiality. Suzanne produced a report on a privileged basis having met all the relevant people involved in the alleged acts and other witnesses to the misconduct.
E v F - Instructed in 2013 by both sides following whistle-blowing by 2 senior members of staff in an International accountancy firm, to conduct investigation into the disclosures and report on the evidence supporting and refuting the truth related to the disclosures.
G v H - Instructed in 2012/13 by a Brokerage House to undertake an internal investigation following a series of allegations related to trading irregularities.The above matters are anonymised on the basis that they are extremely confidential.