Partner and Family Practice Group Leader
- Education: University of Leicester, LL.B. (Hons) European Community
- Admitted: England and Wales, 1999 • Northern Ireland, 2012
- Languages spoken: Italian • Spanish
- Year joined: 1997
- Year became partner: 2007
Suzanne is Head of the Family Practice Group. She is a highly experienced family lawyer able to advise on the full range of issues which arise on the breakdown of a relationship. She has particular expertize in dealing with complex financial cases often with an international or trust related element. She has a wealth of experience in private law disputes over children including dealing with residence, contact arrangements and leave to remove a child from their place of residence. In addition to this, her work includes drafting pre and post-nuptial agreements and dealing with the breakdown of relationships between cohabitees.
Suzanne advises a wide range of domestic and international clients. She has a particular interest in Anglo-Italian cases and is recognised in the market place for her niche Italian practice. Within Withers she heads up the Italian Special Interest Group.
Suzanne's clients often comment on her 'efficiency, dedication and commitment to her clients.'
Suzanne is the Training Partner for the London office, and is responsible for Graduate Recruitment and the pastoral care of the trainees during their Training Contract. She was shortlisted for the Best Training Partner (for a large trainee intake) in the lawcareers.net awards 2013.
She is a trained and practising Collaborative lawyer and is an accredited Resolution Family Law Mediator.
Chambers and Partners 2015 described Suzanne as 'a strategic thinker and very tactical,' and as a '.."really bright lawyer" with notable expertise in finance and children cases, especially those with an international aspect,' in 2014. She has also been recognised throughout 2013 '..noted for her cross border expertise and a particular focus of hers is in Anglo-Italian cases', 2012 'covers both private children disputes and matters relating to matrimonial finance. She is regularly involved in cases with an Italian element' and 2011 as a 'key individual' for family work and is 'particularly highly regarded for private children disputes'.
Suzanne is ranked as a 'Leading Individual' in Family law in the Legal 500 2012, 2013 and 2014. The 2012 edition of Legal 500 describes Suzanne as being ‘highly respected’, having ‘experience in Anglo-Italian issues', and in 2011 as 'of exceptional note, full of sympathy and insight’.
Suzanne is listed in the Citywealth Leading Lawyers Family and Matrimonial categories in 2012 and 2013. Citywealth 2012 describes Suzanne as an 'Excellent Solicitor' and in 2013 as 'an extremely competent and personable Family lawyer... her knowledge is excellent.' Suzanne is also included in the Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers list 2013. Suzanne has been selected for The Lawyer's 'Hot 100' 2014 report, an 'annual selection of the legal market’s top innovators, leaders and rainmakers'. She is one of only three family lawyers profiled in the report.
Suzanne acted for the Applicant mother in S v P which created a shortcut court procedure for individuals who reach agreement through the collaborative process to have their agreement approved by the Court. She also acted successfully for the wife in the Court of Appeal case of Mahon v Mahon involving serious non disclosure by a husband. Suzanne advised the Trustees in the Jersey case of In the Matter of the Truro Trust and the PF Life Interest Trust.
Suzanne was shortlisted in the Law Society Excellence Awards 2013 in the category of Legal Businesswoman of the Year.
Suzanne was the lead partner in winning the award in the Professional Services category for the 2013 Breaking the Mould 30% Club Financial Mail on Sunday Awards for promoting female talent in the work place.
Suzanne was voted by Forum UK as an 'Emerging Women's Leader of 2011'.
Publications and speaking engagements
As a specialist family lawyer, Suzanne is a regular contributor to the national press (including theEvening Standard, Financial Times, FT Weekend and The Times) and legal press (Trusts and Estates Law & Tax Journal, AIAF (Italian Family Law Journal) and Family Law) as well as lecturing on the subject of family law both in English and Italian on topics ranging from the Rights of the Child in Europe to Pre and Post-Nuptial Agreements.
- Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
- Resolution - Family Lawyers Association
- The Association of Women Solicitors (AWS)
- The London Collaborative Group
- Collaborative Family Law
- British Italian Law Society (BILA)
On a personal note
It goes without saying that Suzanne always supports the green rugby shirts during the Six Nations or whenever the need arises!
Recent accolades and awards