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Trained by Diana Parker and Gill Doran, Suzanne Todd has now risen through the ranks to be head of Withers’ UK family team. Likeable and cheerful, she’s an impressive presence at the front of the firm’s matrimonial offering: ‘A superb lawyer who leads by example,’ as one observer puts it. Asked about her client list, she says: ‘Rolls-Royce clients often with international problems and total discretion is what we’re known for. We will do everything we can to protect our clients’ needs.’
The past year showcased Todd’s linguistic proficiency when she managed to return a mother and her one-year-old to Italy in four days: ‘The case began on the Monday; we had the hearing on the Thursday, and the order was made for leave to remove on the Friday,’ she recalls. She’s helped by her knowledge of the Italian court system: ‘The Italian culture is different from the English or the Irish. That appreciation makes a big difference.’
Like many, she notes a rise in clients opting to take the private FDR route. ‘The judge is available all day and we do a lot of work in environments which make people comfortable,’ she says.
Todd has recently been admitted as a liveryman at the Worshipful Company of Solicitors.