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 has experience in matters of salvage, general average, and other aspects of admiralty law. Cases include:
Jessica is ranked as a “Tier 1” Leading Junior in the Legal 500 for Commodities work. Cases include:
Jessica appears in court on a regular basis both conducting trials and handling interlocutory matters in a wide variety of general commercial disputes. Jessica has particular experience of large-scale, complex commercial disputes. Cases include:
Jessica has successfully obtained freezing injunctions and anti-suit injunctions from the High Court. Cases include:
Jessica is recommended as a leading junior in this area where she is described as ‘Very bright, responsive and effective on her feet.’ Jessica has wide ranging experience including experience of Bermuda Form arbitration.
Jessica has acted as a sole arbitrator (determination on paper) and is a member of Lloyd’s Arbitration Scheme Arbitrators Panel – tiers 1 & 2 and ARIAS.
Jessica regularly appears International Arbitration proceedings including ship building arbitrations and Bermuda Form disputes. Cases include:
Jessica has particular expertise in disputes concerning insurance brokers and solicitors. Cases include:
Jessica has particular expertise in disputes concerning contracts for the carriage of goods by sea, sale of goods, contracts of insurance (both marine and non-marine) and shipbuilding. Cases include:
Jessica Sutherland named Barrister of The Week by The Lawyer
Ernst & Young fined more than £2 million by FRC in relation to Stagecoach audit failings
New appointments for the Lloyd’s Arbitration Scheme
St Maximus Shipping Co Ltd v Ap Moller-Maersk A/S
Excalibur Ventures LLC v Texas Keystone Inc & Gulf Keystone Petroleum Limited
Jessica accepts arbitration appointments in relation to disputes falling within her areas of expertise, in particular insurance and reinsurance, shipping, international trade and commodities, conflicts of law and professional negligence.
She has been appointed as sole arbitrator in both insurance disputes and shipping disputes (appointed by the LCIA).
Jessica is a member of Lloyd’s Arbitration Scheme Arbitrators Panel – tiers 1 & 2, ARIAS (UK), the LCIA, and a supporting member of the LMAA.
Jessica was awarded a Queen Mother Scholarship and Harmsworth Entrance Exhibition by Middle Temple.