Suzanne Todd

Partner | London

Suzanne is a partner in the divorce and family team.

She is amongst the most highly accoladed international family lawyers of her generation in London, and is rated highly in all legal directories. She is a superb lawyer whose ruthless efficiency and contagious energy is universally recognised, alongside the fact that she is incredibly service driven. Suzanne’s strength is her effectiveness as a communicator - she is able to strike a rapport with individuals from all backgrounds, and to build and earn their trust, which in turn enables her to get to the nub of what is needed quickly in times of high emotion. She understands the client’s needs and tailors her advice to their circumstances and, importantly, she always focuses on the financial realities of the situation.

Her practice varies from dealing with complex financial cases (many with an international angle and often dealing with family businesses, inherited wealth and tax and pensions issues) to handling private law children disputes and the negotiation of pre and postnuptial agreements.

Suzanne’s career has a substantial Italian theme running through it, which has resulted in her establishing a strong reputation as one of the ‘go to’ family solicitors in London for Italian family-related matters. She is recognised in the marketplace for this niche, as well as having the confidence to deliver family law presentations in Italian.

Suzanne’s practice firmly encompasses all dispute resolution processes. She is a Collaborative lawyer and Mediator.

She is part of the firm’s Italian team and chairs our Women’s Networking Group.

Suzanne contributes to the national press (including the Financial Times, FT Weekend, The Times and the Evening Standard) and legal press (The Lawyer, Law Society Gazette, Trusts and Estates Law & Tax Journal, AIAF [Italian Family Law Journal], Family Law, LexisNexis and Trusts & Estates Law and Tax Journal), as well as publications such as Managing Partner, Spear’s, Vanity Fair - Italy.

Secretary Sarah Carter

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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.

Wife of a senior executive in London
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Suzanne shows extreme dedication to her clients’ cases.

Wife of a senior global executive
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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.

Husband who works in a family business
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Suzanne uses her professionalism, objectivity, knowledge and experience to guide you as the client through the minefield that is the family legal system.

Husband who works in a family business
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I was very lucky to have had you in my corner over the course of that process. My intention was to always keep a cool head and reach a fair conclusion as soon as possible but some of the hurdles that were put in front of me (us!) tested me and I found I could rely on you to keep things on track with sound advice, a patient ear and a good sense of humour.

ANONYMOUS
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Professional and efficient whilst being friendly and approachable – Suzanne and Adele guided me smoothly through this potentially stressful process. Their knowledge and practical solutions proved invaluable.

City professional
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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.

American artist
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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.

Commercial lawyer
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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.

Technology executive
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Suzanne is described as ‘superb’ and ‘pragmatic and fun, with phenomenal energy’. She ‘gives 110% for her clients, is always available and provides very sound advice’.

Chambers and Partners, 2017

Track record

Admissions

Memberships

Talks

Acting for the Applicant mother in S v P [2008] which created a shortcut court procedure for individuals who reach agreement through the collaborative process to have their agreement approved by the Court. This procedure has recently been followed by the President in relation to Awards made in an Arbitration context.

Acting for the wife in the Court of Appeal case of Mahon v Mahon [2008] involving serious non-disclosure by a husband.

Advising the Trustees in the Jersey case of In the Matter of the Truro Trust and the PF Life Interest Trust [2007].

Northern Ireland, 2012

England and Wales, 1999

International Academy of Family Lawyers, Fellow

The City of London Solicitors’ Company

Civil Partnerships (In Italian) April 2017

Prenuptial Agreements 2017

International Academy of Family Lawyers Conference, Madrid 2016, co- chair, Berlin - 2015, co-chair

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.

Education


Languages


  • English
  • Italian

Dates


Joined

1997
Partner

2007

Recognition


London

16 Old Bailey,

EC4M 7EG

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