Susanne Seaton

Solicitor

“We received a professional and supportive service throughout one of the most difficult times of our life. For that we are eternally grateful.” – Former Client

Joined
2014

Admitted
2016

Expertise
Child Care Law

Susanne read Jurisprudence at Herford College, University of Oxford, before completing the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law, where she achieved a Distinction. After completing her training at Hanne & Co, Susanne qualified as a Child Care solicitor in 2016.

Susanne specialises in advising and representing parents and family members in cases where Social Services are involved, both at the preliminary advice stage and once care proceedings have been issued.

Susanne has experience advising on a wide range of matters, including cases where there have been allegations of sexual abuse, parental alienation, domestic violence and emotional and physical abuse, in addition to cases with an international element. Susanne has experience of conducting proceedings being heard in the High Court and has also assisted on Court of Appeal matters.

Susanne has a particular interest and expertise in advising and assisting family members who seek to care for a child by way of a Special Guardianship Order. Susanne can provide initial advice in respect of the proposed support to be provided to a prospective Special Guardian and also has experience of successfully challenging negative assessments of family members, resulting in the child ultimately being placed in the client’s care.

Susanne also undertakes her own advocacy at court where appropriate.

Susanne is Vice Chair & Treasurer of the South London Junior Lawyers Division and a member of Young Legal Aid Lawyers, an organisation which campaigns for access to justice through a fair legal aid system.

In her spare time, she enjoys cycling, zumba and baking.

 

Further testimonial

“Despite your busy work schedule, you always made our case at the top of your priority list, you kept us calm and soothed our fears. “Without your wonderful advice and your firm’s legal experience, we would not have the outcome we had. I would not hesitate to recommend your firm to anyone who needs a brilliant solicitor.” – Former Client

Or call us confidentially on 020 7228 0017

Contact Susanne

  • 020 7228 0017
  • susanne.seaton@hanne.co.uk

Notable Cases

  • R (A Child) [2014] EWCA Civ 270 - February 2014. In this case, the Court of Appeal gave guidance on the weight to be attached to a flawed ‘Achieving Best Evidence’ interview and the threshold for dislodging findings of fact on appeal.
  • J and E (Children - Brussels II Revised - Article 15) [2014] EWFC 45 – November 2014. The Supreme Court unanimously allowed the appeal of the Children’s Guardian, represented by Hanne & Co, overruling the High Court decision and subsequent Court of Appeal judgement, that the proceedings should be transferred to Hungary, pursuant to Article 15 of Brussels IIA.
 

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