Practice Profile

Suzanne was educated at the University of London and was called to the Bar in 2004. Suzanne specialises in financial remedy cases and all aspects of private family law. She regularly delivers lectures to professional clients and chambers on current or topical issues in family law.

 

PRACTICE

Suzanne has specialised in matrimonial finance since her pupillage. Her practice now encompasses all elements of private family law, although her emphasis remains on the financial consequences of relationship breakdown. Suzanne has extensive experience of cases where complexities arise due to the nature or location of the parties’ assets, the source of their income or where there is intervention by a third party, including trusts. She has developed a particular interest in pension provision on divorce and regularly represents parties where there is a significant pension provision, both public sector and private sector pensions which require detailed investigation and analysis.

 

Suzanne has also acted as an expert witness in the field of matrimonial finance.

 

Suzanne regularly represents parents in respect of applications under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989 and the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996.

 

Suzanne continues to represent both applicants and respondents in private law children matters under section 8 of the Children Act 1989.

 

Suzanne has a loyal following from her professional clients. She has established a solid reputation for providing sensible, practical, pragmatic and, where necessary, robust advice to clients however complex or difficult the circumstances.

 

Suzanne has appeared before all tribunals from the Family Proceedings Court to the Court of Appeal.

 

Suzanne regularly delivers lectures to professional clients and Chambers on current or topical issues in family law. Please contact the clerks for further information.

 

DIRECTORIES

"An impressive advocate" Legal 500 2018 London

 

“She is very good on her feet and has an amazing bedside manner with clients.” Legal 500

 

REPORTED CASES

HJB and MK (declaration as to marital status) [2017] EWFC B25  http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWFC/OJ/2017/B25.html

 

 

TRACEY v. TRACEY [2006] EWCA Civ 734

Suzanne appeared as junior counsel for the Respondent Wife in this matter.

The Husband sought permission to appeal the decision of Bennett J relating to the variation of a school fees component of a consent order for ancillary relief. Bennett J had ordered the Husband to pre-pay the entirety of the school fees for the parties’ two boys until the completion of their secondary education by lump sum provision of £272,771. This is the first example of a substantial capitalisation of a school fees order.

 

The Husband’s appeal was allowed in part on the basis of fresh evidence adduced by him outlining his deteriorating health.  However, the Court of Appeal reaffirmed the need for security for the future of the boys’ private education, in particular due to the Husband’s previous bad conduct







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