Senior Associate

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Susannah is an experienced family lawyer advising and representing private clients on the full range of family law matters including: separation and divorce; pre and post nuptial agreements; disagreements as to children’s safety and best interests; relocation; the split of financial assets and their interim protection.

With experience in advocacy, negotiation, litigation and also a trained mediator, Susannah works with clients to preserve family wellbeing and assets; unlock conflict and resolve disputes in a cost-effective manner.

In the majority of cases, clients are able to reach a negotiated outcome sometimes with the help of a mediator. In other cases where there are risks to children or assets, clients are better protected within the Court system where protective powers are available and enforceable.

Susannah has also worked with an array of professionals whose expertise are often called upon in family law matters: psychologists; psychiatrists; financial planners; business valuers; forensic accountants and real estate valuers.

Before practising in Australia, Susannah practised in the UK as a Barrister and Solicitor. Susannah is well placed to assist international, expatriate families who may be considering relocation options after separation.

Susannah has further relevant experience from working as an in-house lawyer in companies. She is familiar with the practical nature of business operations; accounting and business valuation and legal structures such as companies and Trusts.

Susannah will support and guide you through the process of separation and divorce advising you on your options and the best steps to take at each stage.

Susannah has experience in supporting clients who are in coercive relationships assisting them to leave or renegotiate the marriage

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Away from the office, you will find Susannah relaxing with family and friends and following her passion for textiles and embroidery.

Recent Notable Cases

Luck and Norwood [2018] FamCAFC 207

The Full Appeal Court of the Family Court of Australia decision on how a discretionary family Trust and associated mortgage broking business is to be operated post-separation.

Acting for the Wife, restraints were obtained in the Family Court preventing the Husband’s excessive expensing and removal of revenues from the family business and put in place Orders as to how interim financial arrangements should operate in the business and the family Trust. This preserved the Wife’s income stream and the value of the business.

The Husband appealed to the Full Court of the Family Court but was unsuccessful in changing the business and Trust’s interim arrangements.

The Wife was then able to enter into mediation on a level playing field with her income and assets secured. Settlement was achieved through mediation.

Quayle and Perceval [2018] FamCA 664

Acting for the Wife who worked part-time and had care of the children, the higher-earning Husband ordered to pay Spousal Maintenance of $9,600 per month. Husband’s contention that an ATO debt payment plan had removed his capacity to pay maintenance was rejected.

Husband also ordered to pay Wife’s legal ongoing fees on a dollar for dollar basis pursuant to the Court’s injunctive powers under section 114 Family Law Act 1975 (Cth).

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