03 July 2018 - Article
Acting for the trustees of a large family - advising in relation to pre-nuptial agreements and post-nuptial agreements and the impact of a potential divorce on various trust assets.
Led a five jurisdiction pre-nuptial agreement negotiation where the client was seeking to protect in excess of £4 billion worth of assets worldwide.
Mediated hundreds of disputes for a wide range of clients - sometimes the lawyers have been in the room to assist the clients and other times it has just been Suzanne as mediator and the clients working together to resolve matters. In addition, Suzanne has acted as mediator in numerous children disputes to include leave to remove applications to various locations worldwide.
Acting as arbitrator on a fixed fee basis on a case where live evidence was called and I prepared and delivered my award within 14 days.
Representing a huge range of divorce clients - some cases involving complex international jurisdictional matters with various corporate and trust structures, others much more straightforward but nonetheless challenging.
England and Wales, 1986
‘Family Law Arbitration: Practice and Precedents’, Law Society, co-author
‘What Brangelina split tells us about handling divorce’, The Times
‘Children Arbitration Scheme offers more solutions for families’, The Times
‘Seeking finality – the new Children Arbitration Scheme’, Family Law
‘Lawyers warn over dangers of DIY online divorce’, Financial Times
‘Eyes wide open’, Singapore Business Times
‘A day in the life of … Suzanne Kingston’, Family Law
‘Alternative Dispute Resolution handbook’, Law Society, contributor
Resolution - Dispute Resolution Committee
International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow
International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Institute of Family Law Arbitrators, Advisory Committee
Family Law Arbitration at the Institute of Arbitration, lead trainer
South African Arbitration Law, trainer
Brexit Conference June 2017, chair and speaker
Coutts Masterclass on Trusts and Divorce Law, lead speaker
Me in a minute
I am - first and foremost - dedicated to my clients
I have always been a doer, with boundless passion, drive and dedication for the law. This attitude has enabled me to establish a position at the cutting edge of family law and when it comes to dispute resolution, I consider myself to be a leader.
A vital element of my practice is not just ensuring that each client’s issue is resolved, but that they have the opportunity to assess how they want their issue to be resolved. If you need gritty litigation, I can be tough, confident and forthright with a wealth of experience running successful trials behind me. Alternatively, if you prefer an out of court approach my background and understanding as an accredited mediator and extensive dispute resolution skills can help alleviate even the most difficult of situations.
Whilst it has always been my aim to lead the way in this field, I am - first and foremost - dedicated to my clients, to achieving the best possible result for them. Really, for me, it is all about the client.