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Sue deals with all aspects of Private and Public family Law, in all courts, High Court, County Court and the Family Proceedings Court.
She is regularly instructed on behalf of most Local Authorities within the region, but also remains committed to representing parents, other family members, and children, both individually and through the Children’s Guardian. She has regularly received instructions to represent parents who have learning disabilities.
Sue has a particular interest in cases where non accidental injury, sexual abuse, or factitious illness are alleged and where the evidence is complex requiring a forensic approach.
Sue has also received instructions to Chair a Serious Case Review on behalf of a Local Authority.
As a member of the Family Law Group within Chambers Sue has delivered CPD accredited talks to solicitors and Local Authority legal teams. Sue has also been involved in the training of social workers regarding the court process.
Sue also deals with Ancillary Relief matters. She strives to give realistic and sensible advice in a format in which complex issues can be more easily understood by the lay client. She has a particular interest in cases involving land and agriculture and equine issues.
Sue is instructed in cases involving vulnerable adults and children, including Court of Protection matters. These areas often cross over with her substantial practice in Care Proceedings.
Sue has also been instructed by the North East Strategic Health Authority to Chair the Independent Inquiry into the healthcare and treatment of Graham Burton, a patient. The Report was published in November 2010.
Recorder: March 2009 to try Private and Public Family Law cases in the County Court.
Born and educated in Tynemouth, Sue began her legal career as a trainee and then solicitor with a busy local firm of solicitors during which time she specialised in Criminal and Family Law.
Called to the Bar in 1987, she developed her practice in Crime and Family matters, specialising in the latter from 1999.
Sue has an interest and knowledge of rural affairs, agricultural issues and field sports having lived on a small farm in Northumberland for over 20 years.
She is a committed horsewoman with an in depth knowledge of equestrian matters and a particular interest in horseracing. Sue has previously been licensed by the British Horse Racing Authority to train racehorses and currently holds a Permit issued by the BHA which enables her to train her own horses for National Hunt races.