20 Old Bailey
ProfileBorn in 1972, Northern Ireland. Graduated in law (European Community) from University of Leicester in 1995 and from the Nottingham Law School in 1996. Solicitor at Withers LLP since 1999 and Partner from 2007. Suzanne heads the Withers premier family law and trust, estate and inheritance teams and is responsible for their strategy and continued top ranking in all legal directories. She is universally recognised in the marketplace as an expert in conflict resolution. She is a tenacious litigator and formidable opponent but with a compassionate edge. Suzanne's advice is always given strategically, discretely and with a commercial eye to the end game. Suzanne extolls her no-nonsense approach and her ability to de-mystify the legal technicalities of the divorce process alongside her calmness and clear thinking in the face of complex financial and emotional issues. She always provides comprehensive strategic guidance from the outset. Suzanne deals with her clients with warmth, compassion and empathy. She is driven to get the best for them but at the same time maintain the integrity of the parental and family relationships for the future. Suzanne is the 'go to' lawyer in London for all Italian family law matters. She is fluent in Italian and her reputation in this area is stellar. Suzanne is a trained and practicing mediator and collaborative lawyer and lectures internationally on family law (often in Italian). Her clients are the 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 for Founders, Senior City professionals and their partners, and international families directly through their family offices or with their General Counsel. Suzanne is top ranked in Spears Top 50 Family Lawyers, the Tatler Address Book as a 'conscious uncoupler', Chambers High Net Worth Directory, the Legal 500 both as a lawyer and a Mediator, Top 20 City Wealth Family and Matrimonial Lawyers and last year became an Honorary Woman of Influence & Par in the law in the Global Leaders in Law Awards. Feedback from clients: 'Suzanne has so many strengths, she is very organised, systematic and solution focussed mastermind'. 'Suzanne has the right balance of sympathy for my situation combined with her razor sharp legal brain but a calm and non-confrontational approach to divorce negotiations combined with an obvious will to win.' Suzanne is on the Board of the International Academy of Family Lawyers and currently holds the office of Secretary. She is also on the Board of the International Woman's Forum UK and holds the office of Company Secretary.
Languages Spoken: English, conversational Italian and basic Spanish and French.
Practice Areas: Child Custody/Residence/Visitation/Contact, Child Support, Cohabitation, Collaborative Law, Divorce, Domestic Abuse/Violence/Protection Orders, Emergency Procedures/Injunctions, Enforcement: Child Custody, Enforcement: Child Support, Enforcement: Property Division, Enforcement: Spousal Support, Finance: Capital Provision, Finance: Property Issues, Finance: Trusts, Modification/Variation: Child Custody, Modification/Variation: Child Support, Modification/Variation: Property Division, Modification/Variation: Spousal Support, Parentage/Paternity, Pre-nuptial/Post-nuptial Agreements, Relocation/Removal from Jurisdiction, Same Sex Partnerships, Spousal Support/Maintenance/Alimony