“Combines a supreme intellect with dedication and leadership” (Legal 500)
“a born KC – he is so obviously going to make it to the top.” (Legal 500)
“calm and unflappable. He is a true standout among a large crowd of rising stars.” (Legal 500)
“Charming, articulate, will get stuck into anything, and is very good indeed with clients. He has remarkable breadth of experience for one so junior.” (Legal 500)
“fantastically responsive and involved” (Chambers & Partners)
“incredibly insightful” (Chambers & Partners)
“a real pleasure to work with” (Chambers & Partners)
Jamie is described in the Directories as “undoubtedly a star of the future”, “very energetic, extremely intelligent and responsive” and “very bright and hard-working” with “an excellent mind”. He is regularly instructed in heavyweight matters against barristers many years his senior.
Jamie speaks to law firms about a range of legal topics. For more details about Jamie’s writing and speaking, please visit www.jamiesusskind.com.
Jamie has an unusual level of courtroom and tribunal experience for a barrister of his call and is often instructed to appear against barristers many years his senior. He is frequently instructed in cases involving a cross-border dimension or particular complexity.
Recent and current work includes:
High Court / Court of Appeal
- Alesco Risk Management Services Limited & Ors v Bishopsgate Insurance Brokers Limited & Ors  EWHC 2839 (QB) (led by David Craig KC and Amy Rogers) – insurance industry “team move” litigation involving allegations of dishonesty and conspiracy to injure.
- JLT Specialty Ltd & Ors v Gordon & Ors (led by Gavin Mansﬁeld KC) – insurance industry “team move” litigation.
- Willis v JLT and others (led by Gavin Mansﬁeld KC and Amy Rogers) – insurance industry “team move” litigation.
- Potensis Ltd v Bennett (as sole counsel) – procured an injunction and favourable costs order in the QBD against a real estate employee acting in breach of his post-termination restrictions.
- Vanden Recycling Ltd v Kras Recycling BV and others  EWHC 3616 (QB);  EWCA Civ 534 (led by Jonathan Cohen KC) – employee competition litigation in the QBD and Court of Appeal.
Employment Tribunal (sole counsel unless otherwise stated)
Jamie is regularly instructed in heavy-duty employment tribunal litigation:
- Mele v Angela Mortimer Plc & Ors (as sole counsel) – multi-week whistleblowing and discrimination litigation. Jamie acted for the Claimant, a senior executive.
- Cowie v Vesuvius Plc (as sole counsel) – multi-week whistleblowing and age discrimination litigation. Jamie acted for the Claimant, a senior executive.
- Bleasdale v Quest Fund Placement Limited (as sole counsel) – unpaid bonus claim in the private equity industry.
- Confidential (as sole counsel) – a whistleblowing unfair dismissal claim involving allegations of child abuse.
- Ellis v Ratcliﬀ Palﬁnger (UKEAT/0438/13/BA). The EAT noted the “careful analysis” in Jamie’s “Skeleton Argument and oral submissions”.
- Mathur v Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft and others (led by Mohinderpal Sethi KC) – whistleblowing, discrimination, equal pay, and unfair dismissal claim arising out of the LIBOR scandal.
Jamie is the co-author of two chapters in International Employment Disputes (Eds. Oudkerk and Rogers, Sweet & Maxwell, 2019). He regularly speaks to law ﬁrms about trends and tactics in employment matters.
Jamie has a thriving commercial practice and appears regularly in the High Court, as sole counsel and as part of a team. As sole counsel, his clients have included Uber, BT, a Brazilian Premiership footballer, and a well-known US Law Firm. He also brings experience of international commercial arbitration, and disputes in the ﬁnancial services, mining, oil, entertainment and media, retail, and hospitality sectors. Jamie takes a keen interest in cases involving the tech industry.
His current and recent work includes:
- Gruber & ors v American International Group & Ors  EWCA Civ 31;  EWHC 3030 (led by Daniel Oudkerk KC and Amy Rogers) – Commercial Court and Court of Appeal litigation arising from the US Government bailout of AIG during the ﬁnancial crisis of 2008.
- Confidential (led by Charles Samek KC) – commercial arbitration arising out of a property dispute in Moscow.
- Khan v Balyasny Asset Management LLP (as sole counsel) – QBD dispute arising out of a settlement agreement between a hedge fund and former senior executive.
- Confidential (as sole counsel) – arbitration, hedge fund industry.
- Confidential (as sole counsel) – commercial dispute between manufacturers in the drainage industry.
Public Law & Human Rights
Jamie trained as a public lawyer and has written extensively about governance, regulation, and issues relating to free speech and privacy. He was most recently instructed in a judicial review challenge to the use, by the Prime Minister and others, of non-government communications systems when conducting government business.
Jamie also acted for the Claimants (led by Brian Kennelly KC) in a judicial review of the DPP’s decision not to prosecute a neo-Nazi for crimes contrary to the Public Order Act 1986. In response to the litigation, the Crown Prosecution Service quashed its own decision. This case received national coverage from (among other outlets) The Guardian, The Independent, BuzzFeed, and the BBC.
Data, Information, Media & Privacy
Jamie accepts instructions in cases relating to tech, data, and privacy law, including for the ICO. He is internationally recognized as an expert in legal issues relating to digital technology and the tech industry. He has held fellowships at Harvard and Cambridge Universities, as well as the Berggruen Institute in California.
He is the author of Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech (Oxford University Press, 2018) and The Digital Republic: On Freedom and Democracy in the 21st Century (Bloomsbury, 2022). Future Politics received the Estoril Global Issues Distinguished Book Prize for 2019, and was an LSE, Prospect, and Evening Standard book of the year. Jamie’s work was cited by Lord Sales in his BAILII lecture, Algorithms, Artiﬁcial Intelligence, and the Law.
Jamie regularly lectures on matters relating to tech and the law, Recent speaking engagements have included Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School, Princeton University, the LSE, Cambridge University, the British Academy, the Institute for Government, the Law Society, Google, and Microsoft.
“Fantastically responsive and involved”, “incredibly insightful” and “a real pleasure to work with”. (Chambers & Partners)
“Combines a supreme intellect with dedication and leadership, and is calm and unflappable. He is a true standout among a large crowd of rising stars. One of the best examples of a born KC – he is so obviously going to make it to the top.” (Legal 500)
“Charming, articulate, will get stuck into anything, and is very good indeed with clients. He has remarkable breadth of experience for one so junior – and as a prize winning author has particular expertise on the intersection between employment law and technology, meaning that he is perfectly placed to usher in the brave new world of technology in the workplace.” (Legal 500)
“Undoubtedly a star of the future”, “very energetic, extremely intelligent and responsive” and “very bright and hard-working” with “an excellent mind”. (Chambers and Partners)
“a real future star”, “utterly charming with clients”, and “well versed in significant team move litigation” (Who’s Who Legal)
News, Articles & Publications
The Digital Republic: On Freedom and Democracy in the 21st Century (Bloomsbury, 2022)
Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech (Oxford University Press, 2018).
Jamie is the co-author of two chapters in International Employment Disputes (Eds. Oudkerk and Rogers, Sweet & Maxwell, 2019)
Education & Awards
- MA Oxon, History & Politics, Magdalen College, University of Oxford (1st Class Honours, top 1st in university year) (2010)
- Oxford University William Gladstone Memorial Prize (2010)
- Oxford University Gibbs Book Prize (2010)
- Magdalen College Atkinson Prize (2010)
- Oxford Union Edward Tomlinson Memorial Prize (2009-2010)
- Magdalen College Angus McIntyre Prize (2009)
- Magdalen College Demyship (scholarship) (2009)
- Magdalen College Demyship (scholarship) (2008)
- First Class (Distinction), Preliminary Examinations (2008)
- Gray’s Inn James Hunt Advocacy prize (2014)
- Gray’s Inn Arden Scholarship (2014)
- Gray’s Inn Bedingﬁeld Scholarship (2013)
- Gray’s Inn David Karmel Entrance Award (2012)
- Visiting Fellow, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge
- Affiliated Researcher, Bennett Institute for Public Policy, Cambridge University
- Visiting Fellow, Berggruen Institute, Los Angeles
- Advisory Board, Demos
- Fellow, Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University (2016-2017)
Jamie’s interests outside the law include politics, history, golf, coffee, and his miniature dachshund. His first book was an academic monograph called Karl Marx and British Intellectuals in the 1930s (Burford: Davenant Press, 2011). As a youngster he was captain of the England Schools Debating Team and, at one stage, ranked the best individual debater in the world.
In 2011 Jamie studied Kung Fu with Shaolin monks in a mountainous region of eastern China – an experience from which he is still recovering.