Suzanne obtained a BA (Hons) Degree in Ancient History and Archaeology from the University of Liverpool in 1999, before training in Law at Keele University in 2004 and then gaining the Legal Practice Course with Distinction at Staffordshire University in 2005. Suzanne began her training contract with the Firm in 2006 and qualified as a Solicitor in the Commercial Property Department in 2008. She began to specialise in Planning later that year and was appointed Associate within the Town & Country Planning Department in 2014. Suzanne is now Head of the Planning Team.
Suzanne works with landowners and developers with all aspects of planning, ultimately with a view to seeking to maximise land value, whether that is through securing planning permission (through land promotion, planning applications, appeals against refusal of planning permission, certificates of lawfulness, statutory challenges to appeal decisions and Judicial Review), or through defending against enforcement action. Suzanne handles all the complexities that arise through the planning process, which incorporates a diverse range of issues encompassing ecology, landscape, heritage, highways, trees, drainage and visual impact and amenity and more.
Suzanne is also experienced at dealing with Option and Promotions Agreements, and complex development agreement (e.g. 's106' planning obligations, 's38' / 's278' Agreements for the adoption of highways, and 's104' Agreements for the adoption of drainage).
Suzanne is recognised as a 'Rising Star' in the Legal 500 2022 Directory.
Suzanne is an enthusiastic member of the Chanteuse Chamber Choir and enjoys walking, cycling and drinking real ale.