Degrees and other qualifications
LLB (Hons) Newcastle University
Member Family Law Bar Association (FLBA)
Affiliate Member of Resolution
Member of Management, Resources & Marketing Committee of Dentists' and General Mutual Benefit Society Ltd
Susan's has a range of skills and knowledge covering public and private law relating to families and children. This encompasses most areas including children, both public and private proceedings and international issues, adoption, divorce, injunctions and finance. She represents all the different parties and thus has a rounded understanding of the issues and concerns of all parties. She has experience of all types of ancillary relief cases from higher value cases to those involving more limited assets. She is regularly instructed on behalf of local authorities, parents and children's guardians.
She has advised on cases involving a foreign element, pensions, and dissipation of assets, financial provision for children and all aspects of financial provision following the irreparable breakdown marriage. Susan has acted as a 'stand-in' judge were she has been asked to provide a judge's opinion in a residency case as to whether a child stay within this jurisdiction or move to South America.
Her work covers all aspects of divorce, high value ancillary relief and the division of assets, care proceedings, residence and contact disputes. Despite more usually being called upon to litigate cases in the Court, Susan has a reputation for resolving cases in a sensitive manner in the best interest of clients who are often emotionally troubled by the whole legal process. Susan is a qualified collaborative lawyer and remains one of the few barristers trained in this area.
She provides clients with a personal, friendly and highly approachable service and is often called upon to work with other experts to ensure that the solution arrived at is in the best interests of her client. Her professional approach inspires confidence and her open, approachable manner helps her rapidly to create a rapport with clients and with her instructing solicitors.
Susan is a pupil supervisor for 1 Garden Court chambers and sits on its pupillage committee.
Applications under Schedule 1 to the Children Act 1989
She is a contributor to the 1 Garden Court Newsletter on topics such as collaborative law.
Seminars and Lectures
Ancillary Relief Seminar November 2009
Personal, including interests
Susan is married with one daughter. Her interests lie in art, music, theatre and travel. She has a love of the Northumberland coast and is a keen tennis player. She is fluent in written and spoken French.