Sue Thackeray


Dispute Resolution

"excellent to work with, great with clients and very experienced"

Chambers and Partners UK, 2020

"one of sport's law's doyennes"

The Legal 500 UK, 2021

Sue has over 20 years’ experience in all aspects of commercial litigation for claimants and defendants, with particular expertise in:

  • Civil fraud involving complex, multi-jurisdictional international commercial litigation (often where criminal, restraint or regulatory proceedings co-exist) including bribery and corruption, collective investment schemes, Ponzi and advance fee fraud schemes.
  • Pre-emptive relief including freezing injunctions, search orders, restraint orders, civil recovery orders.
  • Breach of fiduciary duty, breach of trust (including tracing claims), insolvency litigation, directors’ duties and directors' disqualification.
  • Sport related matters including contractual representation and dispute resolution, disciplinary and regulatory matters and IP rights enforcement.
  • Reputation management and defamation.

Sue is listed as a Global Elite Thought Leader in the Who's Who Legal: Asset Recovery Global Guide 2021 and listed as a Thought Leader in the Who's Who Legal: GIR - Asset Recovery 2020 Guide. 


She is highly knowledgeable, very good at dealing with counterparties and very good at leading meetings in directions that are more beneficial to us. She also has excellent commercial sense."

Chambers and Partners UK, 2019

doesn’t miss a trick and is extremely effective at seeing how to obtain the best solution"

Legal 500 UK, 2019

Covering 'a broad range of sports work', the team at Kingsley Napley LLP has 'a very deep understanding of the sector'"

Legal 500 UK, 2019


Legal 500 UK, 2019

very well known" in the market. She acts in complex multi-jurisdictional fraud cases.

Chambers and Partners, 2018

demonstrates astute commercial awareness in addition to being a thorough, well-prepared and highly competent solicitor." 

Chambers and Partners 2017

a commercially astute, star litigator, who is very focused on clients’ needs"

Legal 500, 2017

knowledgeable, hardworking and fearless in her approach"

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2016

has a fantastic strategic mind."

The Legal 500, 2016

encyclopaedic knowledge and attracts high praise from clients"

The Legal 500, 2015


"excellent attention to detail"

Chambers UK, 2016


"a tenacious and reassuring lawyer with the know-how to make the right calls"

Chambers UK, 2016

"exceptional, dynamic and has a fantastic, strategic mind"

Chambers UK, 2015


memberships and associations



Listed as a Global Elite Thought Leader in Asset Recovery

Who's Who Legal Global Guide 2021

a powerhouse litigator, combining a huge amount of experience with energy and enthusiasm"

Who's Who Legal Global Guide: Asset Recovery 2021

She is a delight to work with"

Who's Who Legal Global Guide: Asset Recovery 2021

an excellent lawyer. She is very bright, thoroughly personable and a delight to work with. She is one of the most talented solicitors I have worked with."

The Legal 500 UK, 2021

extremely well-connected, particularly in motor sport. She has exquisite client care skills and is able to limit expectations where necessary whilst leaving the client in no doubt that everything possible will be done on their behalf."

The Legal 500 UK, 2021

no-nonsense in her approach, which is refreshing."

The Legal 500 UK, 2021

tremendous – she is as formidable as she is fun and is a reassuring presence in the boardroom and the courtroom. Sue’s responsive, practical, strategic input and guidance in the most tense situations is really valued by us. Although Sue is a litigator her commercial acumen is also second to none. Hugely admirable, hugely capable and a joy to work with."

The Legal 500 UK, 2021

Partners Sue Thackeray and Fiona Simpson are both also excellent – tough and hard working, again with an excellent litigator’s sense for judging the strengths and weaknesses of both sides’ cases. 

The Legal 500 UK, 2021

She has a contact book to die for and client care skills to match. Brings unparalleled commitment to her cases. "

The Legal 500 UK, 2021

very commercially astute and a good negotiator"

Chambers and Partners, 2020

hugely experienced and has a very commercial and focused approach...She adds value to a case by thinking outside of the box."

Chambers and Partners 2020

super experienced and very smart at getting a deal."

Chambers and Partners 2020

Fantastic and one of the most commercially minded people in London - she allows the issues to drive her advice."

Chambers and Partners 2020

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