Suzanne leads the divorce and family team in London.Suzanne leads the firm's market leading Family & Trust, Estate and Inheritance Dispute teams in London.
She is one of the most highly respected international family lawyers of her generation in London with more than two decades of experience of conflict resolution which is illustrated by the long history of awards and accolades she has achieved. All legal and industry directories rate her highly. Her practice includes dealing with complex international financial cases, often involving family businesses, inherited wealth or sophisticated trust and pension issues. She is adept at handling private law children disputes including surrogacy and has a stellar practice in negotiating multi-jurisdictional pre and post nuptial agreements. Suzanne has a substantial Italian theme running through her career and is the go-to lawyer in London for Italian family related matters. Chambers says 'She has so many strengths. She's very organised, systematic and a solution focussed mastermind.' 'She demonstrates specific strength in handling Anglo-Italian issues'. She even delivers family law presentations in Italian!
Her key strengths are her compassion, efficiency, persuasiveness and collaboration. She is undoubtedly results focussed and is known in the industry as a tenacious litigator. What is always clear is that her advice is given discreetly, strategically and with a commercial eye to the end game.
Suzanne fields additional strength in ADR as a practicing Mediator and Collaborative lawyer. Legal 500 describes her as 'very talented' ensuring discussions are realistic and all options are explored.
Suzanne has extensive experience in 'private dispute resolution', alongside Court-led litigation, offering clients a range of alternative means to resolve their situation.
'She is incredibly calm and never rattled, she has superb empathy and determination, she shows extreme dedication to her client cases, she has the right balance of sympathy combined with a razor-sharp legal brain but a calm and non-confrontational approach to divorce negotiations combined with an obvious will to win. Suzanne is efficient, available and responsive as well as being a strategic thinker and very tactical. She always gives 100% for her client and provides very sound advice.'
'She really invests in her clients' cases and is phenomenally hard-working and a very good communicator'
'She juggles management of a full caseload and a top team pretty effortlessly'.
Her clients include internationally mobile professionals from all walks of life (often the female breadwinner), successful individuals from the entertainment industry, the motorsport industry and their partners. She works with Founders, senior City professionals, their partners, international families directly, with their General Counsel or through the Family Office.
Suzanne contributes to the national press (FT, The Times, The Evening Standard), legal press including The Lawyer and The Law Society Gazette, Family Law as well as Managing Partner, Spears and Vanity Fair Italy.
Suzanne is very personal and empathic which are so important when you are discussing family issues. She is also good at making herself available when you need a quick check point on issues. Definitely a lawyer to recommend.
Suzanne is incredibly competent and diligent, and what sets her apart from everyone else is her ability to think outside the box and find solutions that worked for the family as a whole. I would strongly endorse her and Withers Worldwide to anyone going through such a tough process.
Suzanne Todd put together an amazing team to guide me through a complex and difficult divorce. I believe I received the best legal advice I could have and on top of that I felt I was personally supported every step of the way. I always felt I had someone who was looking after my best interests - legally, financially and emotionally.
A quick turnaround was required and the facts were a little unusual which was a challenge however the advice was delivered as required. Suzanne was a pleasure to deal with and had a commercial approach to certain challenges.
Thank you both once again for the absolutely immense support and advice I had every step of the way. I can't express how grateful I am.
Suzanne uses her professionalism, objectivity, knowledge and experience to guide you as the client through the minefield that is the family legal system.
I can't thank [Suzanne] enough for our advice, support and guidance through this ugly process. You clearly had my best interests at heart all the way through ... a wonderful person and lawyer.
She had the right balance of sympathy for my situation combined with a razor sharp legal brain but a calm and non-confrontational approach to the divorce negotiations combined with an obvious will to win.
Suzanne shows extreme dedication to her clients' cases.
She is very approachable, always available and took time to understand me and the other parties involved. She gave balanced advice, not simply what she thought I might want to hear.
Me in a minute
I am hard-working, conscientious and fiercely devoted to my clients
Despite having left Northern Ireland more than 20 years ago, I still have many of the personality traits that make us universally 'well' liked. My contagious energy and bright, sunny 'can-do' attitude are reflected in the fact that I am hugely hard-working, conscientious and fiercely devoted to my clients. You can take the girl out of Ireland but you cannot take Ireland out of the girl!
As a family lawyer I am solution focused always with a keen eye on the commercial detail and reality of the situation. The most rewarding part of the job is guiding clients through the choppy emotional waters of a separation and helping them reach the other side safely to enable them to move forward and open a new chapter of their life story.There is a strong Italian theme running through my career dating back to my love of languages at school - indeed, I wish I had done a language degree and not a law degree!
I am extremely proud of the range of my professional achievements to date, both in a family law context and a wider legal context, which reflect my determination, drive and work ethic. I am married to a (legal) IT consultant and we have two boys. Outside of the office I have also been known as 'Shere Khan', if you know what that means, and am the proud owner of a 'Wood badge'. After more than 20 years of playing hockey, I still dabble on the hockey pitch from time to time.