- 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 focuses on the full range of issues which arise on the breakdown of a relationship and in particular on complex financial cases, often with an international or trust-related element. She has a wealth of experience in private law children disputes including dealing with residence, contact and leave to remove a child from the jurisdiction. Other aspects of her work include 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, and has a particular interest in Anglo-Italian cases. Within Withers she heads up the Italian Special Interest Group.
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 recently qualified as an accredited Resolution Family Law Mediator.
Suzanne is described by Legal 500 2011 as ‘of exceptional note, full of sympathy and insight’.
Chambers and Partners 2011 recognises her as a 'key individual' for family work and describes her as 'particularly highly regarded for private children disputes'.
She is also listed in the Citywealth 2012 Leading Lawyers Honours List in the Family and Matrimonial categories.
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 voted by Forum UK as an 'Emerging Women's Leader of 2011' and a lead partner in winning the award in the Professional Services category for the 2013 Breaking the Mould 30%/Financial Mail on Sunday Awards for promoting female talent in the work place. She was shortlisted in the Law Society Excellence Awards 2013 in the category of Legal Businesswoman of the Year.
The 2012 edition of Legal 500 describes Suzanne as being ‘highly respected’, having ‘experience in Anglo-Italian issues'.
She is also ranked as a ‘Leading Individual’ in Family Law in the Legal 500 2012.
Publications and speaking engagements
As a specialist family lawyer, Suzanne is a regular contributor to the national press (including the 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!