Jessica has a wide-ranging commercial practice including shipping (particularly shipbuilding disputes), international trade, insurance and reinsurance, professional negligence, professional regulatory work (auditors), and private international law.

She regularly appears in Court and in International Arbitration proceedings (LCIA, LMAA, and Bermuda Form) and has been appointed as a sole arbitrator by the LCIA.

Jessica is frequently involved in high profile, complex cases. Recent work includes a 7 year dispute in international arbitration regarding a €400 million superyacht,  a series of LMAA arbitrations concerning the construction of three bulk carriers (each worth US$ 50 million), various ship sale and purchase disputes, coverage issues arising out of the ‘Forex Scandal’ (manipulation of foreign exchange rates by currency traders at 15 global banks), the purported cancellation of cargo cover following the attacks on shipping in the Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz, and a Bermuda Form arbitration involving a US$350 million dollar high-rise condominium, in San Francisco.

Jessica is recommended in Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal and Chambers and Partners as a leading junior in multiple commercial fields. She is particularly recommenced for her advocacy.  Recent comments include:

  • Jessica Sutherland is meticulous, thorough, easy to work with and clearly very bright.” Chambers & Partners 2020
  • She’s very smart and good on the written stuff. She turns things around quickly.” Chambers & Partners 2020
  • Very smart, completely reliable, sharp and efficient – you know she has played devil’s advocate in respect of every single angle.” Legal 500 2020