- Public Law & Regulatory
- Business & Commercial Law
- Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence
- Sports Law
- Property & Chancery
Susan has experience of appearing before a variety of public law and regulatory forums.
In 2016 Susan was appeared for a Local Authority in a long running case involving an appeal against refusal to renew a license under the Animal Boarding Establishments Act 1963. The licence being necessary for carrying on a business of providing accommodation at premises, including a dwelling, for other peoples cats and dogs.
Susan is regularly instructed to appear in taxi licensing appeals and will consider acting on a direct access basis.
In 2016 Susan appeared for a local authority in a number of appeals against revocation of Hackney Carriage Licences with immediate effect under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976, when driver’s breached a Traffic Regulation Order by a pedestrianized areas.
Susan is currently representing a Licensing Authority in a taxi licensing appeal in which the licence holder was accused and acquitted of rape.
Susan has appeared before a taxi and private hire licensing sub-committee on behalf of a taxi conglomerate for consideration of fitness of 2 directors to continue holding Private Hire Operator Licences. This involved issues of natural justice and responding to a report from the Head of Transportation Services.
Before the Traffic Commission, Susan represented 4 Lorry companies in a multi day, multi issue inquiry arising from 5 reports concerning professional competence, good repute, satisfaction of fundamental licensing requirements and financial standing. The case involved a history of receipt of a large number of PG9’s including some serious roadworthiness prohibitions. Concerns were raised relating to third party trailers, inadequately of checks, driver failings and issues surrounding nominated Transport Managers. The licences of each company had previously been suspended due to failure to provide evidence of appropriate financial standing. Susan ensured the financial suspension was lifted on the first day of the inquiry. Following the evidence and submissions, all parties received Formal Warnings.
Susan has represented Duty Premises Supervisors before licensing sub-commitees and appeared in review hearings and applications for extension of opening hours. She has also represented publicans in criminal sentencing hearings involving consideration of suspension of their personal licence under the Licensing Act 2003.
For 7 months Susan was seconded to the inquest team at Capsticks solicitors and has a busy inquest practice. For more information please see her Inquests Law page.
Susan was seconded to the British Horseracing Authority during which she junriored Louis Weston in inquiry concerning Eddie Ahern and Neil Clement. Time at the British Horseracing Authority enabled her to gauge an understanding of the policies and procedures underlying a large regulatory body. Susan has appeared at regulatory inquiries, penalties hearings and appeals in the sporting arena. For more details please see her Sports Law page.
Bar Professional Training Course, City University London, graded outstanding (Received the City Law School BPTC Scholarship for performance in Bar School examinations).
LLB, Queen’s University Belfast, first class honours’ (awarded the “Sweet and Maxwell Prize” for most distinguished student in LLB final examinations).
Whilst at Queen’s University Belfast Susan received awards for: Jurisprudence and political economics, Contract law and Trademarks and unfair competition.