Suzanne qualified as a solicitor in 1990 and has worked in London throughout her career specialising in litigation. She was a partner at a niche High Street London firm for over 20 years before becoming a consultant.
Suzanne has extensive experience in contentious work including personal injury, landlord and tenant where she has acted mainly for landlords, debt collecting and property disputes.
In recent years, she has also been dealing with wills and elderly client advice including; Powers of Attorney, Deputyship applications, Probate and Administration of Estates. As this area has developed, Suzanne has also gained experience in Probate Litigation and is willing to consider alternative fee arrangements such as deferred fee arrangements or no win no fee in certain circumstances.
Areas of expertise
Suzanne has an interest in elderly care which ranges from the preparation of powers of attorney, and other Court of Protection applications and Probate Litigation.
She recently represented the Claimant in the case of Clarke v Allen and Smith 2019 EWHC 1193 AND 1194 (Ch), which involved an elderly widow, who issued claims against the two daughters of her deceased husband in which Deputy Master Linwood held that the estate failed to provide reasonable financial provision for her, and also rescinded (reversed) the transfer of the property and awarded her the majority of her husband’s estate to the Claimant to fund her future care costs as well as other sums.
The total award is likely to exceed £1,000,000. There were findings of financial abuse, flouting Court Orders and misconduct by one of the daughters which was of particular concern to the Court as a result of which she forfeited £80,000 of her entitlement. The other daughter forfeited £1,000 as she had failed to take part in the majority of the proceedings.
In her spare time, Suzanne enjoys spending time with her family and travelling.