About Susie Barter


I attended Dover Grammar School for Girls before reading law at Bristol University and completing my legal practice course at Gulidford College of Law.  I then trained with city firm Stephenson Harwood before choosing to specialise in family law and moving, upon qualification, to join the family team at Manches, then the top ranked family team in London.  

I left Manches to take up appointment as a judicial assistant in the Court of Appeal (having been selected in the first round of interviews for this role).  During my six month term my task was to consider cases being brought to appeal (in all areas of law) and write judicial briefs to assist the Lord Justices in their consideration of those cases.  On completion of my term I was asked to remain working in the Royal Courts for the then President of the Family Division, Dame Elizabeth Butler Sloss, in the newly created role of Family Division Lawyer.  This role was created to assist the Family Division Judges with the introduction into UK law of the Human Rights Act. During my time in the Family Division I also helped to research cases, write judgements and draft speeches for both The President and the Master of the Rolls.

After two years I returned to private practice joining the family team at Farrer & Co where I remained for two and a half years.  I left to work for myself but was shortly tempted back to the city to help set up a family team within the private client team at Speechly Bircham.  I remained at Speechlys until after the birth of my first child in 2007 when I finally decided to move back to Kent and once more practice in my own right.

During my time in London I learned to practice law at the highest level and was involved in some of the biggest divorce cases in the UK which required a sound knowledge of international family law, trusts and tax issues. 

As my career has progressed I have adopted a pragmatic and results driven approach to resolving the difficulties faced by my clients, always bearing in mind the need to achieve a long term solution that works for all.  A secure platform to move forward from, one that minimises the chances of future conflict and maximises the chances of succesful co-parenting, seems an obvious goal and one that I promote with my clients.

I am straightforward in my advice and realistic about what can be achieved so that there are as few surprises along the way as possible.  That said, family law disputes are all about people so it is impossible to predict every turn of events: in the background there always needs to be an element of planning for the worst whilst hoping for the best.

When I am not working I will be found looking after my two young children, our horses, ponies and dog Hoxton (who spends much of his time with me in my office).

I have always ridden horses and ponies and have competed for most of my life: I took a year out after school to event my horses and was awared a Bristol University Red for Ourstanding Sporting Achievement at university.  I have recently resurrected my competitive gene.

I have also always loved travelling : I took a second year out after Law School to travel through Russia, China, India, Africa, Indonesia and Australia.  As a family we still continue to see as much of the world as our working lives allow.

I practice yoga when I can  to counteract the other demands on my life.

I sit as a Trustee on the Tormore Charitable Trust, a Trust created to support the advancement of education in school age children. 

I enjoy working with my clients and always strive to achieve the best possible outcome for them.  


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Susie Barter

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