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Deepa Sutherland
145 Leadenhall Street, 3rd Floor
London, EC3V 4QT
TEL: 020 3805 6296
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Deepa Sutherland

Deepa Sutherland is an experienced insurance litigator with experience in high stakes international and domestic commercial litigation and arbitration and e-discovery expertise across commercial litigation, internal and regulatory investigations. 

Since joining Zelle International LLP in May 2015, Deepa’s practice has focused on Rest of World matters with an English law and jurisdiction element.  She is working on some of the firm’s largest matters each with its own cross border element.

Representative Matters


Representing insurer in a complex ($60m) outwards reinsurance dispute.

Representing insurer in respect of a cross border product liability claim in involving parties in Central Asia and Europe (English, German and Kazakh law).

Representing reinsurers in a property damage claim following a train derailment at a mining facility in Sierra Leone.

Advising reinsurer on aggregation in respect of a property damage and business interruption claim following a major loss in the South Pacific.

Provided coverage advice on a CAR policy to reinsurance market following property damage at a multi-billion dollar resort project in the Carribbean.

Representing reinsurance market in a mutli-billion dollar suspected metals fraud in China.

Business Disputes and Commercial Litigation

Advising on cross border data privacy and discovery issues for one of the firm’s largest litigation matters in the US.

Advising on potential recovery following a cross border inception fraud involving transactions in Central America and the UK.

Articles & Presentations

"The Role of Science in Climate Change Litigation." Pre-COP 26 event, July 14, 2021, panelist

"Climate Litigation and the Economy," International Virtual Summit - “Our Future in the Balance: The Role of Courts and Tribunals in Meeting the Climate Crisis,” July 7, 2021, co-presenter

"Insurance and Climate Change," May 18, 2021, co-presenter

"The Financial Conduct Authority v. Arch and Others [2021] UKSC 1 (“the FCA Test Case”)," January 26, 2021, co-author

"The Insurance Industry and Climate Change,” London Climate Action Week 2020, November 19, 2020, co-presenter

"Human Rights Due Diligence for Climate Change Impacts," Institute of International and Comparative Law, October 1, 2020, co-presenter

"Climate Change for Insurers: When Politics Fail, Flood the Courts, January 29, 2020, co-author

"Climate Change Exposure for Insurers," Zelle CAT-Law Webinar Week, July 24, 2019, co-presenter

"Climate Change: Insurance and Reinsurance," Lloyd's Market Association Masterclass, May 23, 2019, co-presenter

"Climate Change and Insurance: Lliuya v. RWE Makes History," Insurance Law360, March 22, 2019, co-author

"Climate Change and Insurance: Increasing Foreign Lawsuits," Insurance Law360, February 14, 2019, co-author

"Clearing up the Smoke: Insurance and Marijuana," Insurance Law360, February 3, 2017, co-author

"The Implications of Insureds’ Illegal Conduct," Insurance Law360, January 17, 2017, co-author

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