An experienced Barrister, Susan works primarily in Crime, covering a wide range of cases for both Prosecution and Defence. She also has a specialism in Licensing, appearing before Licensing Authorities and on appeal in the Magistrates’ Court. Susan also has extensive experience advising on and appearing in Inquests.
Susan is regularly instructed to both prosecute and defend in the Crown Court. Her practice covers all aspects of criminal cases, including fraud, drugs, arson, grievous bodily harm, false imprisonment, road traffic, and other serious offences. She has considerable expertise in dangerous dogs and general animal welfare cases, acting both for the prosecuting authorities including the RSPCA and for dog owners.
Susan has recently co-edited (with Mary Cowe) and co-written two books ‘Practical Advocacy in the Crown Court’ in 2020 and ‘A Practical Approach to Road Traffic Law’ to be published in New Year 2023.
Susan is a specialist in dealing with Entertainment Licences, having trained as a solicitor with a small London firm with a national client base.
She has acted as a licensing advocate throughout the South East for pubs, clubs, restaurants and every type of premises in between.
Acting for applicants and, increasingly, for Licensing Authorities in prosecuting she has considerable expertise in all aspects of Premises Licences.
Susan co-wrote ‘Licensing the New Law’ with Kerry Barker in 2003.
Susan has acted for registered nurses through the Nursing and Midwifery Council both at disciplinary hearings and at inquests. She understands the unique pressures upon a professional facing a regulatory tribunal.
Susan has covered numerous inquests, both in road traffic accidents, usually for the driver, and also for families after a death in hospital. She has represented an employee of Western Power and soldiers, at a military inquest and at Courts Marshall.
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