Sushma has a broad commercial practice with a particular emphasis on insurance and reinsurance, professional negligence, shipping and international trade, and international arbitration.
Sushma has been instructed in a wide variety of commercial disputes both as sole counsel and as a junior. Sushma has appeared in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, Commercial Court, county courts and in many international arbitrations (including LMAA, LCIA, ICC, ARIAS, SIAC and Bermuda Form arbitrations). She has undertaken advocacy on her own in many of these forums, including successfully appearing against counsel more senior than her. Sushma also often works as part of a wider counsel team in complex commercial disputes leading to lengthy trials.
Sushma’s highlighted cases include the 2020 COVID-19 business interruption test case (at first instance and in the Supreme Court) brought by the FCA against eight insurers, including Ecclesiastical Insurance Office plc and MS Amlin Underwriting Ltd (Sushma’s clients); Ferster v Ferster  EWCA Civ 717, a case concerned with the unambiguous impropriety exception to without prejudice privilege; and Involnert Management v Aprilgrange Limited  2 Lloyd’s Rep 289, a multi-million euro professional negligence claim in the Commercial Court concerned with the insurance of a super yacht.
Sushma was called to the Singapore Bar in February 2015. She is ranked in the Legal 500 in Insurance & Reinsurance, International Arbitration, Professional Negligence, Shipping and Commodities. In October 2010 Sushma was cited by Legal Week as one of the “Stars at the Bar”.
Sushma also accepts arbitration appointments. She has acted as an arbitrator appointed by the LCIA Court. She is also on the panel of arbitrators for the Lloyd’s Arbitration Scheme, Tiers 1 and 2.
Sushma’s recent experience in this field includes acting in a financial products mis-selling case brought by a private investor against a major international bank and in an unauthorised futures trading case against the London branch of a leading international bank.
In addition to the specific commercial practice areas of shipping, insurance, and professional negligence, Sushma also acts in a wide variety of general commercial disputes.
Sushma is a go-to junior in the fields of insurance and reinsurance. She is ranked in the Legal 500, and has been involved in many of the recent important cases in this field. Sushma has a particular expertise in relation to business interruption insurance, liability insurance (including policies written on the Bermuda Form) as well as reinsurance. At present Sushma is undertaking extensive work in relation to COVID-19 insurance and reinsurance claims. A substantial proportion of Sushma’s work in this field is in the arbitration forum.
International arbitration, involving international parties, and, on occasion, different governing laws, is a mainstay of Sushma’s practice. She has been involved in arbitrations under a variety of arbitration rules including LMAA, LCIA, ICC, ARIAS and SIAC, and covering a wide range of commercial matters including insurance and reinsurance, shipping, and commodities. In the insurance field, Sushma has been involved in a number of Bermuda Form arbitrations. Sushma is a member of the LCIA and a Supporting Member of the LMAA. She is ranked by the Legal 500 in the field of international arbitration.
Given the confidential nature of arbitration, details of the specific cases in which Sushma has been involved are not provided.
Many of the commercial cases in which Sushma acts as counsel involve issues of private international law.
Sushma also advises and acts in respect of disputes involving the sale of goods, both domestic and international.
Another significant practice area for Sushma is professional negligence. Sushma is frequently instructed to act in professional negligence cases concerning the conduct of insurance brokers, solicitors, accountants, auditors and valuers. She is ranked by the Legal 500 in the field of professional negligence.
Sushma has a keen interest in this area of law and has been instructed in a wide variety of disputes, both on her own and as junior counsel, to advise, settle pleadings and attend at hearings both in arbitration and in the High Court. She is ranked in the Legal 500 in the fields of Shipping and Commodities.
Supreme Court gives landmark judgment in COVID-19 business interruption test case appeal: 7KBW team acts for MS Amlin
Gavin Kealey QC quoted in The Financial Times and by Law 360 in the FCA “Business Interruption” Supreme Court Appeal
Judgment in COVID-19 business interruption test case: 7KBW team acts for MS Amlin and Ecclesiastical
FCA coronavirus test case
Involnert Management v Aprilgrange limited and AIS Insurance and OAMPS Special Risks – MV Galatea
Member of Lloyd’s Arbitration Scheme Arbitrators Panel – tiers 1 & 2
Trinity College, University of Cambridge: BA in law, first class (2003-2006). During her time at Cambridge, Sushma was awarded a number of law scholarships and prizes by the University and Trinity College: Norton Rose Commercial Law Prize, Prize for Top First in Commercial Law, Clifford Chance European Union Law Prize, Prize for Top First in European Union Law, Trinity College Senior Scholar, Trinity College Lizette Bentwich Prize 2005, 2006, Trinity College Tripos Prize 2006, Inns of Court School of Law, London: Bar Vocational Course, Outstanding (2006-2007). During the Bar Vocational Course, Sushma was awarded the Marchant and Hardwick Scholarships and the Buchanan Prize for performance on the Bar Vocational Course by The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn.
She also received the Whittaker Scholarship from Trinity College, University of Cambridge. She was also called to the Singapore Bar in February 2015.