Suzanne Wharton - DAC Beachcroft
Suzanne Wharton

Suzanne Wharton

Partner

Leeds

Suzanne is a partner based in our Northern practice and specialising in professional negligence, acting largely for the London market with particular focus on solicitors and financial services professionals. 

She also regularly advises insurers in relation to coverage disputes and policy response issues.

Experience to date includes:

  • Defending claims against solicitors arising out of commercial/corporate transactions, ancillary relief proceedings, Wills and contentious probate matters and lost litigation opportunities;
  • Advising insurers on policy coverage disputes going to the scope of notification, successor practices and fraud/dishonesty;
  • Advising insurers on policy coverage on and subsequently in the defence of a £35m claim against a firm of accountants brought by liquidators on behalf of the claimant company - it is alleged that the insured negligently and/or in breach of their fiduciary duties allowed income to be diverted to other companies with the intention to defraud creditors, including HMRC;
  • Defending claim for alleged negligence in relation to the preparation of the claimant solicitor's accounts leading to an SRA investigation and subsequent disciplinary action with the result that the claimant ceased to trade - losses in excess of £1.26m are sought;
  • Acting in the defence of claims against accountants arising out of negligent audits, advice in relation to the structure and tax consequences of management buy-outs and purchase and refinance arrangements.

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