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Susannah heads up the criminal defence team in our Harrogate and York offices.  She is a specialist criminal, business crime and regulatory litigator with a fearsome reputation for fighting for her clients. She has built a considerable reputation for her expertise in criminal defence and as a leading solicitor locally and nationally.  She is recognised by the Legal 500.  According to the 2017 edition Susannah ‘combines intelligence with drive, determination and judgement’.

Susannah deals with all areas of criminal defence work, specialising particularly in the defence of sexual offence allegations and all areas of business crime and is available to represent individuals, companies and directors.  Susannah has a particular expertise in defending complex fraud matters that will involve lengthy trials due to the nature of the case and the volume of evidence and the subsequent confiscation, POCA proceedings incorporating the restraints and cash forfeiture elements.

Susannah’s reputation results in the frequent referral from other legal professionals including direct referrals from a number of QC’s and members of the bar.  Most recently she was referred by a QC to act on behalf of another member of the bar.  Susannah also defends other professionals including solicitors.

Susannah holds rights of audience and frequently defends in the Crown Court as well as the Magistrates’ courts throughout the North of England.

In addition she is a member of the Criminal Duty Solicitor Scheme in Harrogate, assisting people in the police station and at the Magistrates’ Court.

Susannah read law at Bristol University and further Nottingham Law School.  She trained at Cartwright King Solicitors in Nottingham and joined ABR Solicitors in 2007.  Susannah quickly established herself as a leading criminal defence lawyer and became a partner in 2013.  Susannah headed ABR’s expansion to North Yorkshire and now runs an extensive practice in this area.

Notable cases:

 R v P

Susannah acted as defence solicitor on behalf of a solicitor charged with a multimillion pound investment fraud.  She prepared the case for trial at Leeds Crown Court.  It
lasted for 3 months and attracted considerable press attention.

 R v W

Susannah acted as solicitor advocate in the defence of one of the first prosecutions under the new domestic violence and controlling behaviour legislation.  The defendant was acquitted of all charges by the court following a direction by the judge.  Susannah was instructed by Keith Allen.

 R v C

Susannah acted in the defence of a man accused of murder.  Manslaughter was admitted from the start by the accused.  After a contested trial the jury found the defendant not guilty of murder.

 R v B

A client was subject to an application by the police for a Domestic Violence Protection Order.  Susannah successfully acted on behalf of the Respondent, opposing the application at a contested hearing.  The DVPO was not made.

 R v H (York Crown Court)

Susannah appeared as solicitor advocate defending a man alleged to have threatened to kill his partner and allegedly committing an assault.  The defendant insisted on Susannah conducting the advocacy.  The case was complicated by the defendant’s previous conviction for murdering his wife.  The defendant was acquitted.

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