Solicitor, Collaborative Lawyer, Mediator and Arbitrator
Phone: +44 (0)20 7597 6632
Suzanne is a partner in the top-ranked family team at Withers. She is widely known for her expertise in all aspects of family work, in particular the resolution of complex financial issues for high net worth individuals. Suzanne’s cases often have an international element and she has considerable experience in dealing with prenuptial agreements and cohabitation issues. As a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel, Suzanne has dealt with numerous cases involving complicated Children Act issues as well as both child abduction and adoption.
Suzanne is a passionate and expert collaborative lawyer, and trains other lawyers in collaborative practice for the family law solicitors’ organisation Resolution. She is an accredited Resolution mediator and has a thriving mediation practice, including receiving referrals under the Court of Appeal mediation scheme. Suzanne spearheaded the Family Law Arbitration Scheme as a founder member of the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and is an arbitrator herself. She is also a fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the International Academy of Collaborative Practitioners.
Suzanne’s accolades include being listed in the Top 10 of CityWealth’s Leading Family Lawyers List in 2014. She is also listed as a notable practitioner in Chambers & Partner 2015, which says she ‘focuses on alternative dispute resolution, and is hailed as the “queen of mediation, collaborative law and arbitration.” Sources say: “She is very good with clients and very sympathetic. She will avoid court where possible, but can litigate when she needs to.”’. The Legal 500 2014 singles her out with regard to her mediation expertise, saying she “has ‘real focus on integration of legal advice within the system, and is at the opposite end on the scale from fluffy – what you want as a participant seeking closure’.”
Read Suzanne’s Blog: A Different Mediation Model