Prevezer, Sue

Sue Prevezer QC

Partner

  Biography

Our most senior barrister and solicitor and Chair of the firm’s International Trial Practice, Sue Prevezer QC, has over 25 years of experience arguing large complex commercial cases at every level of the UK judicial system and in arbitration, and sits as a Deputy High Court Judge in the Chancery Division of the High Court.  She is also a CEDR Mediator and is admitted to the Bar in both the Cayman and the BVI (where she recently appeared as counsel, leading a Quinn Emanuel team from London and New York and achieving a substantial trial victory in litigation arising out of the Madoff fraud). She won one of the very first judgments handed down by the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom which addressed important contract construction principles, and more recently, a high-profile case in the Court of Appeal, resolving important jurisdictional principles in cases involving multiple agreements with conflicting jurisdiction provisions. She has considerable experience in managing litigation with English and US elements and litigation involving serious issues of fraud in the corporate context.  Sue acts for a range of clients, including major corporates, funds, investors, trustees and office holders and high net worth individuals. She has considerable experience in insolvency related and restructuring litigation, and she represented Oleg Deripaska in a very substantial case in the Commercial Court.  Other ongoing representations include representation of bondholders in clawback claims by the Kaupthing Winding-Up Committee, acting in a substantial arbitration arising out of the construction of a hotel in Moscow and advising an international financial institution on matters relating to a fraud in Thailand.

Sue has been named a “Leading Individual” by the Legal 500 directory and was recently recognized in both Commercial and Banking Litigation (2013).  Legal 500 praised Sue for being a ‘wonderful lawyer’ and a talented and creative adviser’ (2013). The Chambers directory describes her as a “star performer”, “a very talented advocate” and “efficient and pragmatic to deal with”.

  Notable Representations

  • Sue Prevezer QC argued and won one of the first judgments handed down by the UK Supreme Court in Re Sigma Finance Corporation, a “credit crunch” case involving a structured investment vehicle and the principles of contract construction.
  • She acted for a senior creditor in litigation concerning the restructuring of a Structured Investment Vehicle, Whistlejacket, and advised the senior creditors committee on litigation concerning the restructuring of another SIV, Golden Key.
  • She obtained a unanimous decision of the English Court of Appeal in favour of HSH Nordbank in its high profile $275 million claim against UBS, a case involving multiple agreements with conflicting jurisdiction provision.
  • She acted for one of the bankers involved in the sale of Skype to eBay in proceedings brought against her alleging breach of confidence, obtained award of substantial costs against the claimant.
  • Sue acted for a German municipality in jurisdiction proceedings brought by UBS  regarding CDO transactions.
  • She is retained by a well known Russian entrepreneur and investor in one of the largest claims currently in the London High Court.
  • She acted in contested arbitration proceedings for a Guernsey fund in a dispute indirectly related to the insolvency of Lehman Brothers.
  • She acted for the bondholders in litigation against the trustee of a bond issue in Concord Trust v Law Debenture Trust Corp Plc.
  • She has acted and advised on a wide range of banking disputes – in particular with respect to the international tracing of funds and constructive trusts and on various insurance/FSA regulatory matters.

  Practice Areas

  • Lender Liability & Other Banking Financial Institution Litigation
  • Bankruptcy & Restructuring
  • Domestic U.S. Arbitration
  • Insurance Recovery
  • Insurance & Reinsurance Litigation
  • International Arbitration
  • Israel Practice
  • Structured Finance & Derivatives Litigation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Commercial Litigation – England

  Education

  • Girton College, University of Cambridge
    (Bachelor of Law and Social & Political Science, 1980)

  Admissions

The Bar Council (UK); Solicitor, England and Wales

  Prior Associations

  • Essex Court Chambers

  • Bingham McCutchen LLP

Publications and Lectures

  • Co-author, Computer software deficiency "Year 2000 compliance" Potential Liability Under English Law (2000)
  • Contributor, Lightman and Moss on Receivers