Susan Todd > Chambers of Richard Atkins KC > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Richard Atkins KC
St Philips Chambers
B2 5LS


Susan has worked as a self-employed barrister in the West Midlands since 1992 and has specialised in family law throughout that time, doing children and financial work. Susan does a large variety of care, adoption and special guardianship work for local authorities, parents, other relatives and for children’s Rule 16.4 guardians, in the County Court and the High Court. She has considerable experience of cases involving substance misuse, mental illness, non accidental injury, factitious disorder, female genital mutilation, ritualistic abuse, inter country adoptions, removal from the jurisdiction (Hague Convention and non Hague convention). She has experience in the full range of private law children cases, including parental alienation, change of name, private law special guardianship, forced marriage and cases involving children with special needs such as autism. Susan has conducted many Trusts of Land Act and Children Act Schedule 1 cases, in addition to regular applications under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973. Some of these financial cases have involved complex issues such as foreign and jurisdictional issues.


Called 1991, Gray’s Inn. Current directorships: director and trustee of the Family Care Trust; primary school governor.


Working knowledge of French, German and Italian.


British Association of Adoption and Fostering; Association of Lawyers for Children; Family Law Bar Association.


Cheltenham Ladies College; Emmanuel College, Cambridge (1988 BA (Hons) Law); Sussex University (1990 MA Social and Political Thought).


Susan keeps fit by running and attending the gym. She is a keen reader.