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Susannah Jones

Susannah Jones has been in practice at 20 Essex Street since October 2000. She specialises in commercial and private international law disputes, in particular concerning insurance, reinsurance, banking and shipping.

Advisory work and litigation including a range of banking and lending disputes including letters of credit, fraud, constructive trusts and the sale of a portfolio of loans. She has also advised and acted in relation to interim relief in support of such claims, particularly freezing orders.

Principal Cases: 


Instructed in Credit Agricole Indosuez v Credit Suisse First Boston [2001] All ER (Comm) 172, a dispute between a confirming bank and issuing bank as to the duties of banks and construction of a letter of credit. Held that documents required by a letter of credit must be precisely stipulated.

Komercni Banka AS v Stone & Rolls [2002] All ER (D) 239, a deceit claim for US$95 million made by an issuing bank against the beneficiary of 51 letters of credit. Held that the sums derived from the proceeds of discounting the letters of credit, which were used to discharge liabilities to the bank, were not to be taken into account when assessing the bank's damages.

Insurance & Reinsurance

Susannah has advised and acted in insurance and reinsurance disputes in Court and arbitration (and appeal therefrom).

She has particular experience in construing and advising on political risks, war risks, export credit guarantees, personal accident and construction (all risks) policies.


Fiona Trust v Privalov [2010] EWHC 3199 (Comm). Claims made by two Russian state shipping companies against their former director-generals, Mr Skarga and Mr Izmaylov. The Claimants sought damages of over US$850 million on the basis of wide-ranging allegations of fraud

Education and Career: 

She studied at University College London where she received the Andrews Prize for the top first in Law in the university. Awarded a Reid Senior Scholarship and Prince of Wales Junior Scholarship by Gray's Inn, she was called to the Bar in 1999.


"Succinct and highly effective in her drafting." Chambers Global & UK 2018 (Shipping & Commodities)

"Easy to work with and always well prepared." The Legal 500 2017 (Commodities)

"Able to get on top of very complex legal and factual issues in very short order." The Legal 500 2017 (Commercial Litigation)

"Highly professional and easy to work with, she always impresses." The Legal 500 2016 (Commodities)

"She absorbs information like a sponge, and is incredibly bright and good on her feet." The Legal 500 2016 (Commercial Litigation)

"A junior with experience representing large trading houses." The Legal 500 2015 (Commodities)

"A popular choice for high-profile fraud, shipping and commercial disputes." The Legal 500 2015 (Commercial Litigation)

"Very well regarded for commercial and banking disputes." The Legal 500 2014 (Commercial Litigation)

"A very busy and well-respected junior" The Legal 500 2014 (Commodities)

"provides 'quick and accurate advice'." The Legal 500 2013 (Commodities)

'Susannah Jones received a great deal of attention for her involvement in the widely reported Fiona Trust litigation. Her "attention to detail, accurate advice and careful approach" did not go unnoticed by sources. She is now considered a go-to junior "if you have a case with complicated facts and huge amounts of documentation, as she will gain a detailed understanding of the facts very quickly and use them to your advantage".' Chambers UK 2012

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