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Anna Sutherland

Managing Partner, Disputes

Anna is Joint-Managing Partner for Dispute Resolution globally, head of Disputes in Australia and an experienced and strategic commercial litigator, specialising in the financial services and energy and resources sectors.



At the helm of the firm’s global market-leading disputes practice (Joint-Managing Partner, global Disputes Resolution and Australian head of disputes) Anna Sutherland is indisputably recognised by clients and peers alike as one of the most distinguished senior litigators and crisis management specialists in Australia.

Anna has a breadth of experience advising on significant contentious and non-contentious issues, including regulatory investigations, internal company investigations, board advisory and directors’ duties matters, anti-bribery and corruption issues, securities market issues, joint venture disputes, corporate trustee disputes and class actions. She works with clients across a range of industries and has particular experience in the securities market, financial services, energy and resources, property and telecommunications sectors.

Her extensive expertise in complex and high- profile corporate and regulatory advisory work, internal investigations and risk management, coupled with her responsiveness, strategic thinking and empathy makes her the obvious choice for some of the largest corporations in Australia and abroad.

Recent matters that Anna has acted and advised on include:

  • BHP on strategic matters and two class actions arising from the Samarco Dam failure
  • AMP on the class actions proceedings stemming from admissions during the Banking Royal Commission
  • A major financial institution on recovery of investor funds from a failed managed investment scheme
  • A corporate trustee in its defence in the Supreme Court of New South Wales on breach of trust and statutory duties allegations
  • A corporate superannuation trustee on breach of duties allegations



Anna holds a Master of Laws from the University of Sydney and a Diploma of Law (Solicitors’ Admission Board).

Her work has been published in the Journal of Banking and Finance Law and Practice, and she contributed the chapter on liquidations in the Butterworths Australian Corporations Law Service. One of Anna’s papers was also published as a chapter in the volume Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Worldwide and she has also written on unincorporated joint ventures and access to documents.

Market Recognition

Anna is consistently recognised as one of the country’s Best Lawyers in the Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution categories.

Anna is also distinguished as a leading individual in Legal 500 Dispute Resolution and in Chambers Anti-Bribery & Corruption, with Chambers noting, “Anna really gets how the regulators work and is very well informed, not just on the mechanics, but also on how to engage strategically with the regulators and inquiries”