Susanna Ford practises in the firm’s dispute resolution & litigation department. Her practice focuses on advising public and private companies and individuals on a broad range of general commercial and corporate litigation and dispute resolution matters, competition and contractual and equitable disputes.
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Susanna first joined Arnold Bloch Leibler in 2006 having previously worked with Freehills’ commercial litigation team in Sydney and as an adviser to the Commonwealth Attorney-General. In 2007, she took a position at the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department as Director of the Extradition Unit, and then as Assistant Secretary of the International Crime Cooperation Central Authority where she worked on international criminal law matters. In 2010, Susanna re-joined Arnold Bloch Leibler as a senior associate and was appointed as a partner of the firm in July 2014.
Susanna is recognised for her expertise in restructuring and insolvency and class actions in prominent international guide, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific. She is also recognised by Best Lawyers® International in the area of Litigation.
Susanna was involved in the landmark Arrium Administration (winner of 'Insolvency & Restructuring Deal of the Year' and 'Australian Deal of the Year' at the 2018 Australasian Law Awards).
Susanna graduated from Australian National University with a Bachelor of Arts with first class honours and a Bachelor of Laws with honours. She was admitted to practice in 1999 in the NSW and ACT Supreme, Federal and High Courts of Australia. In 2003, Susanna completed her Masters of Laws (International Public Law) from the University of London.
Susanna’s practice focuses on the following areas:
- commercial litigation and dispute resolution;
- regulatory investigations and enforcement action and white-collar defence work; and
- litigation with respect to managed investment schemes, financial services and products, including the defence of class actions.
Susanna has acted for public and private companies and individuals, including on behalf of:
- MH Carnegie & Co: in its defence of misleading and deceptive conduct proceedings brought in the Federal Court by Brickworks and in its cross claim for oppression arising from the cross-shareholding between Brickworks Limited and Soul Pattinson Limited;
- individuals accused of insider trading, market manipulation and other Corporations Act contraventions: in ASIC investigations and prosecutions;
- individuals accused of foreign bribery and other fraud offences: in investigations brought by the Australian Federal Police;
- individuals suspected of dealing in the proceeds of crime arising from alleged insider trading: in an ASIC investigation and in the defence of proceeds of crime proceedings brought by the Australian Federal Police;
- the former executive directors of Great Southern Limited: in defending numerous class actions in Victoria, Western Australia and New South Wales, ASIC investigations and liquidator’s examinations arising from the collapse of Australia’s largest agricultural managed investment scheme manager;
- Officers of Allco Finance Group Limited: in public examinations by the receivers and ASIC’s investigation into the collapse of Allco;
- Slater & Gordon Limited, the world’s first publicly listed legal practice: in relation to proceedings commenced by former clients of Keddies Lawyers against the partners of Keddies which was acquired by Slater & Gordon in 2011;
- Challenger Managed Investments Limited: in defending a class action brought in the New South Wales Supreme Court in relation to alleged misleading and deceptive conduct claims by investors in the Penrith Mega Homemaker Centre;
- directors: in regulatory investigations and litigation arising out of alleged breaches of directors duties and corporate misconduct including ASIC investigations;
- HIH Insurance: in relation to converting notes in Federal Court proceedings against the underwriter to the note issue; and
- Mr Ray Williams: in defending an action brought by Rodney Adler for contribution to the compensation payment ordered against Mr Adler and Mr Williams in ASIC v Adler by the NSW Supreme Court.
Before joining Arnold Bloch Leibler, Susanna acted on behalf of:
- one of the world’s largest financial services companies: in its successful defence of proceedings commenced by ASIC in the Federal Court alleging failure to manage conflicts of interest and insider trading;
- broking houses, banking, superannuation and insurance clients: in relation to investigations by ASIC, ASX and APRA;
- listed companies: in relation to disputes with the Australian Taxation Office; and
- financial institutions: advising on financial sanctions, counter terrorism, foreign bribery and anti-money laundering regulations in Australia.