An Introduction to Litigation Funding


To be held on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, 12.30-2.15

With support from Brown Rudnick


  • Susan Dunn (Harbour LF)
  • Elena Rey-Sabinina (Brown Rudnick)
  • Rachael Mulheron (QMUL)



Litigation Funding is one of those financial products that has crept up on us. From a standing start a couple of decades ago, it has quietly become a £10bn asset class globally, assisted in the UK by efforts to make civil litigation more accessible (notably the Jackson Reforms).

In principle, anything that keeps a lid on litigation costs and provides prospective plaintiffs with better management of their risks is probably a good thing. And yet… whether the UK will really keep costs down, or follow the big bucks (for lawyers) path of the US, remains to be seen.

To make the case for the defence of Litigation Funding, and its benefits for plaintiffs and investors, we are pleased to welcome Susan Dunn. Susan is a co-founder and head of litigation at Harbour LF, a £760m fund headquartered in the UK that sponsors commercial suits all over the globe. She is a founding member of the industry’s self-regulating body, the Association of Litigation Funders, and a contributor to the UK’s Civil Justice Council report and the consequent Jackson Review of Costs.

But she will not (I hope) have things all her own way. Joining Susan to discuss how the UK can take a responsible lead in a growing global industry, we are pleased to welcome:

  • Elena Rey-Sabinina is a partner in Brown Rudnick's Finance Group in London and senior member of the European Special Situations practice. Elena holds law degrees from Harvard University and MSU, is admitted to practice in England & Wales, and is also a member of the New York and Russian bars.
  • Rachael Mulheron is Professor in Tort Law and Civil Justice at Queen Mary University London. She is a member of the Civil Justice Council (CJC) of England and Wales, chair of the MOJ’s Civil Litigation Review Working Party, and frequently publishes on matters of costs and damages (including Litigation Funding).

If you (or a colleague) would like to join us (and perhaps share your own thoughts), please let us know by calling 0207 621 1056 or emailing As usual, wine and sandwiches will be provided.

Sincerely yours,

Jane Fuller