Susan Jacklin QC


Susan Jacklin

Associate Member
Call 1980 (InnerTemple) QC 2006
Qualifications BA Hons Law, Durham
Professional Memberships Vice Chair of the national Family Law Bar Association
Judicial Office Recorder, Deputy Judge of the High Court
Other: elected member of the Bar Council, Chair of the Access to the Bar Committee, member of the Western Circuit committee, Bencher of the Inner Temple.

Expertise


Apart from private law disputes, often run concurrently with financial issues, Susan has a particular interest and expertise in evidential issues in Public Law children cases involving serious allegations of physical and/or sexual assault. She  enjoys mastering the medical evidence, particularly in the difficult area of head injuries and intra-cranial bleeding where medical understanding is developing constantly. She is instructed by  local authorities, parents, wider family members and Children’s Guardians.

Recommendations

  • “Susan is particularly admired for her pragmatic approach, effective advocacy and patience with clients. ‘She has a common-sense approach and willingness to take a robust approach to difficult cases where necessary.’ ” Chambers UK, Family (2014)
  • “Susan has a wonderful client manner, and an elegant and persuasive advocacy style.” Legal 500, Family (2013)
  • “There was no shortage of backing in the market for Susan, ‘a very high-quality performer who is an able counsel all round.’ Sources comment that she has ‘a winning advocacy style’ and ‘always goes the extra mile for clients.’ ” Chambers UK, Family (2013)
  • “Another fantastic silk is Susan, who also focuses on complex and high net worth ancillary relief work. Sources report: ‘She is a very high-quality performer and top notch in terms of effective advocacy. She always goes the extra mile for clients.’ ” Chambers UK, Family (2012)
  • Susan’s ability to put clients at ease is second to none.” Legal 500, Family (2012)

Susan’s practice includes all forms of family disputes arising from relationship breakdown and death. with particular emphasis on high net worth claims involving complex issues, such as multiple businesses, trusts, hidden assets, third party claims. She has been instructed in numerous farming cases across the West Country, Wales and the Midlands.

Recommendations

  • “Susan is particularly admired for her pragmatic approach, effective advocacy and patience with clients. ‘She has a common-sense approach and willingness to take a robust approach to difficult cases where necessary.’ ” Chambers UK, Family (2014)
  • “Susan has a wonderful client manner, and an elegant and persuasive advocacy style.” Legal 500, Family (2013)
  • “There was no shortage of backing in the market for Susan, ‘a very high-quality performer who is an able counsel all round.’ Sources comment that she has ‘a winning advocacy style’ and ‘always goes the extra mile for clients.’ ” Chambers UK, Family (2013)
  • “Another fantastic silk is Susan, who also focuses on complex and high net worth ancillary relief work. Sources report: ‘She is a very high-quality performer and top notch in terms of effective advocacy. She always goes the extra mile for clients.’ ” Chambers UK, Family (2012)
  • Susan’s ability to put clients at ease is second to none.” Legal 500, Family (2012

For the last 15 years Susan has been instructed on numerous occasions to act in professional negligence claims arising out of the whole range of family finance cases: ancillary relief, Inheritance Act, and cohabitation claims on behalf of claimants and defendants.

Practice Overview

Susan has specialised in family law for 20 years and has vast experience of dealing with a wide range of people and cases, not just on the Western Circuit but in South Wales, London and Birmingham. Her practice includes the full range of family finance work and children. In private law disputes she is able to advise and represent clients on finance and children issues.  Clients value the continuity of relationship between the two forms of dispute.

Susan works hard to find workable solutions for her clients so as to minimise costs and the escalation of acrimony. However, if a case cannot be resolved without judicial determination she is careful and thorough in her preparation for court hearings and in her conduct of them. She believes that mastering the detail of every case is essential to successful advocacy, both oral and written.

Susan is qualified to undertake public access work in appropriate cases. For further information, please visit our Public Access page.

Interests

Walking, particularly along the sea cliffs in Cornwall, travel, entertaining and all things cultural.