Suzanne is accredited as a mediator by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR), the Civil Mediation Council (CMC) and the International Mediation Institute. Suzanne’s core area of practice is EU, regulatory and competition law where she has represented businesses, public authorities and NGOs for over 20 years. She focuses on disputes in industries that are subject to sector regulation (communications, energy, financial services, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, transport and water) or which relate to the interface between competition law and intellectual property.
Suzanne will work with the parties and their advisors to design a process that will facilitate resolution of their dispute. Where desired by the parties, she can deploy more evaluative approaches including through Early Neutral Evaluation. Prior to her Call to the Bar Suzanne was a director in the economics and strategy practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers and and a partner in a major international law firm. She is conversant with economic and financial issues arising in highly technical disputes.
Suzanne enjoys the flexibility to act as a lead-mediator or subject-matter expert co-mediator in cases which can benefit from her specialist competition law, regulatory and economics expertise.
Reflecting the international focus of her practice, Suzanne is happy to travel out of London or overseas for the convenience of the parties. She has acted as counsel in international arbitrations in complex commercial disputes with a regulatory and competition law dimension. As such, she is sensitive to the use and potential of alternative dispute resolution and the opportunities to create value through the settlement process.
Suzanne also advises governments and regulators on the design and implementation of dispute resolution policy and procedures including mediation in competition law and economic regulatory matters.
Suzanne maintains an active academic practice concurrently with her barrister and mediation practice. She is Professor of Commercial Law and holds the Practice Chair at Brunel University, a law lecturer at Oxford University and a Visiting Professor at Imperial College, London.
Suzanne has designed and leads the delivery of a number of professional skills and dispute resolution training courses including on mediation, advocacy and negotiation . Over the last 3 years she has led mediation and dispute resolution training programmes for over 100 professionals.