Susan represents all parties including children, vulnerable adults, prospective adopters and local authorities, as well as extended family members. Her knowledge and approach to cases is enhanced by her substantial experience sitting as a tribunal judge, particularly in cases involving immigration, social security or human rights issues.
She has particular expertise in the following areas:
- Serious injuries to children; infant death and near fatal injuries;
- Complex neglect/emotional abuse;
- Sexual abuse of children, she has extensive experience of representing child and adult victims of inter-familial and/or generational abuse – leading junior in three-week High Court sexual abuse case involving four generations;
- Fabricated illness and other complex medical injury cases;
- Complex private law proceedings; representation of rule 9.5 Guardians and parents;
- Adoption, Special Guardianship and Wardship;
- Forced marriage
What the Directories Say
"Personable with the client and a fighter like no one else." "She is friendly, knowledgeable, and works with a view towards conflict resolution." "One of the most dependable barristers you can instruct. She calmly gets to what is important in a case and is a breath of fresh air." Band 4 - Chambers and Partners, 2021
“She’s wonderfully kind, has lots of humility and makes clients see that she understands what’s happening to them.” Band 4 - Chambers and Partners, 2020
"Her approach to a case is always reassuring and she’s always exceptionally prepared." Chambers and Partners, 2019
"She is a very effective advocate." Chambers and Partners, 2019
"She is very well respected by judges and other lawyers. If she makes a point in a case she is listened to because she is never known for saying things for the sake of it." Chambers and Partners, 2018
"She is a very balanced lawyer; in court she is an excellent judge of when to press forward and when to hold back. She is very caring towards clients and gives excellent advice." Chambers and Partners, 2017
"An excellent all-rounder, who is very experienced and empathetic with clients." Chambers and Partners, 2016
"She will fight her corner but she’s a realistic advocate." Chambers and Partners, 2016
"An experienced junior respected by her peers for her work representing guardians, parents and local authorities in some of the most serious public children law cases." Chambers and Partners, 2015
A v SM & Anor  EWHC 435 (Fam) – Forced marriage case heard by Baker J which included consideration of applications for forced marriage protection orders under Part 4A of the Family Law Act.
London Borough of Haringey v S  1 FLR 387,  EWHC 2001 (Fam) – 8-year-old Angolan child accused of witchcraft involving serious physical and emotional abuse. Concurrent criminal proceedings. ( EWCA Crim 749,  2 Cr App R (S) 87)
Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2021 – Top Ranked Set in Family: Children
1GC Family Law is pleased to announce that we are again ranked as a leading set in Family: Children Public and Private Law in the 2021 edition of Chambers & Partners.
Chambers UK 2020
1GC Family Law is proud to announce that we are again ranked as a leading set in the 2020 edition of Chambers UK across three practice areas. Our skills in Family: Children, Family: Matrimonial Finance and Court of Protection: Health and Welfare are recognised, with many individual silks and juniors listed.
Chambers and Partners
Band 4 - 2021
Chambers and Partners
Band 4 - 2020