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Suzanne Kingston

Consultant/Arbitrator/Mediator and Collaborative Lawyer

Specialism: Lawyers Family and Matrimonial

Company: Mills & Reeve

Location: London, England

Citywealth rating

4.907895
Average: 4.9 (19 votes)
Fee Level:
4.63158
Average: 4.6 (19 votes)
Quality of Advice
5
Average: 5 (19 votes)
Communications Skills
5
Average: 5 (19 votes)
Interpersonal Skills
5
Average: 5 (19 votes)
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Peer review:

Tough but empathetic, vastly experienced, diligent, knowledgeable and wise. Suzanne is rightly regarded as a leader in the family law field. Known as the "Queen of Arbitration" Suzanne is at the forefront of the movement towards out-of-court resolution.

09 May 2019

Peer review:

Suzanne is a real leader in this sector - she's universally admired and a delight to work with. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her.

08 May 2019

Peer review:

Suzanne balances providing expert advice and assistance to her huge roster of clients with writing, lecturing and training other family lawyers. She is likeable, approachable, knowledgeable and professional. Her clients are always in safe hands and her opponents know to always bring their A game in dealings with her. A formidable opponent and an effective advocate for her clients.

06 May 2019

Peer review:

Suzanne is at the top of her profession. I cannot think of any one else I would rather work with. She is an all round 5 star lawyer.

04 May 2019

Peer review:

Suzanne is one of the most capable family lawyers of our generation. She has been integral in bringing arbitration to this jurisdiction as an 'out of court' option for separating couples. Suzanne has a keen eye for the commercial approach to resolution of issues, thereby striving for the best possible outcome for her clients while providing empathy and support at what is a most difficult time.

Karin Walker    K G W Family Law   
30 Apr 2019

Peer review:

Suzanne brings a natural warmth and engagement to her relationships with clients and colleagues. She is insightful, creative and has a genuine wish to assist and support those around her. She is able to think quickly on her feet and is adept at considering matters from various points of view. Suzanne is immensely likeable, hard-working and is committed to resolving matters wherever possible in a constructive manner. She has been at the forefront of arbitration in the UK, is an experienced mediator as well as being a talented presenter on collaborative and other training courses. Suzanne is always professional, reliable and focused on providing her clients with the best possible service.

24 Mar 2019

Peer review:

I have always found Suzanne to be a fantastic people person, always there for her clients and always the ultimate professional. Her technical and strategic skills are excellent and she inspires trust and confidence in her judgement and advice. She actively contributes ideas as to how to improve and modernise family law. Suzanne is extremely well liked in the private client world because of her warmth and approachability as well as her sense of fun. An all round good egg.

Ceris Gardner    Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP   
28 Aug 2018

Institutional client review:

Suzanne manages to combine being hugely likeable as an individual with being utterly professional with her clients. Many of them not surprisingly become good friends which is a great endorsement of her skills as a top family lawyer. She would always be at the top of my short list for a beauty parade.

20 Aug 2018

Peer review:

One of London’s best Family lawyers and an expert tactician, Suzanne is adored by clients and fellow lawyers alike. She has led the way in bringing family arbitration and collaborative law to the UK and beyond. Suzanne has an unparalleled reputation for “giving back” both in terms of her contributions to the development of family dispute resolution services in England and the wider community. Tough principled and exceptionally likeable, Suzanne is a role model for all family lawyers.

07 Aug 2018

Peer review:

Suzanne is rightly acknowledged as one of the leading family law practitioners. She combines excellent technical knowledge with a practical approach.

06 Aug 2018

Peer review:

I have referred a number of clients to Suzanne over the years. I have found her to be immediately responsive, diligent and detailed whilst being totally human (which in my experience is not always the case when dealing with highly successful lawyers), practical and results oriented. I would have no hesitation in referring her.

02 Aug 2018

Peer review:

Suzanne has a huge breath of knowledge and the experience to deliver relevant advice very clearly. I have no hesitation in recommending her to my clients.

02 Aug 2018

Peer review:

Suzanne is approachable, accessible, diligent and professional. She strives to achieve the best outcome for her client, understanding the relative merits and pitfalls of all of the options available. Whilst having the ability to understand the complex aspects of the matter in hand she is also personable and able to guide and support her client as required. Suzanne is a pleasure to deal with. She is both empathetic and straightforward. She holds her client’s best interests at the forefront whilst seeking to find an outcome which is reasoned and well-considered.

02 Aug 2018

Private client review:

Suzanne has a grasp of every angle of family law and the many nuances that come with both a simple and a complex divorce. She is tenacious and a complete rock. What stands out for me about Suzanne however is the meditative approach she will adopt for her clients where appropriate. What could be better - strength, technical excellence, tenaciousness and the ability to achieve the best results for all her clients without creating unnecessary combat between the parties – combat that often does little to change the ultimate outcome. Suzanne will avoid where possible taking her clients through long and bitter court battles and that is another major differentiator. This is an adviser who is not living in the old and antagonistic days of family law – her approach is modern and forward thinking and reflective of today’s changing and challenging society. I would recommend her every time.

01 Jun 2018

Peer review:

Suzanne acted for me in an international divorce and financial case. I always felt in safe hands and was impressed by Suzanne's ability to respond to my queries. She had a firm grasp of the facts and details of my case and was able to be approachable and amenable on the one hand but showed a steely edge where necessary. I have no hesitation in recommending her to other clients.

07 Feb 2018

Peer review:

We have had the pleasure to work with Suzanne for nearly 5 years. She is utterly lovely, technically brilliant and very good with clients. Most importantly clients trust her judgement and advice.

Richard Rogerson    RFR   
18 Jan 2018

Peer review:

Suzanne has worked with my clients for over a decade and exudes proficiency in all aspects of family work, including prenuptial agreements, cohabitation matters and resolving complex financial issues for high net worth families. Suzanne is able to maintain a clear hand, she’s sympathetic and will avoid court where possible. She will always get my 5*vote.

20 Nov 2017

Peer review:

Suzanne is always top of mind when thinking of who to approach. Great with clients and a real pleasure to work with.

28 Sep 2017

Peer review:

Suzanne is incredibly hard working and diligent but she's also very warm and approachable. I can't think who else you would want to represent you.

20 Jul 2017

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Average client size: £5 million - £25 million

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Number of offices globally: More than 5

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Peer review:

Tough but empathetic, vastly experienced, diligent, knowledgeable and wise. Suzanne is rightly regarded as a leader in the family law field. Known as the "Queen of Arbitration" Suzanne is at the forefront of the movement towards out-of-court resolution.

09 May 2019

Peer review:

Suzanne is a real leader in this sector - she's universally admired and a delight to work with. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her.

08 May 2019

Peer review:

Suzanne balances providing expert advice and assistance to her huge roster of clients with writing, lecturing and training other family lawyers. She is likeable, approachable, knowledgeable and professional. Her clients are always in safe hands and her opponents know to always bring their A game in dealings with her. A formidable opponent and an effective advocate for her clients.

06 May 2019

Peer review:

Suzanne is at the top of her profession. I cannot think of any one else I would rather work with. She is an all round 5 star lawyer.

04 May 2019

Peer review:

Suzanne is one of the most capable family lawyers of our generation. She has been integral in bringing arbitration to this jurisdiction as an 'out of court' option for separating couples. Suzanne has a keen eye for the commercial approach to resolution of issues, thereby striving for the best possible outcome for her clients while providing empathy and support at what is a most difficult time.

Karin Walker    K G W Family Law   
30 Apr 2019

Peer review:

Suzanne brings a natural warmth and engagement to her relationships with clients and colleagues. She is insightful, creative and has a genuine wish to assist and support those around her. She is able to think quickly on her feet and is adept at considering matters from various points of view. Suzanne is immensely likeable, hard-working and is committed to resolving matters wherever possible in a constructive manner. She has been at the forefront of arbitration in the UK, is an experienced mediator as well as being a talented presenter on collaborative and other training courses. Suzanne is always professional, reliable and focused on providing her clients with the best possible service.

24 Mar 2019

Peer review:

I have always found Suzanne to be a fantastic people person, always there for her clients and always the ultimate professional. Her technical and strategic skills are excellent and she inspires trust and confidence in her judgement and advice. She actively contributes ideas as to how to improve and modernise family law. Suzanne is extremely well liked in the private client world because of her warmth and approachability as well as her sense of fun. An all round good egg.

Ceris Gardner    Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP   
28 Aug 2018

Institutional client review:

Suzanne manages to combine being hugely likeable as an individual with being utterly professional with her clients. Many of them not surprisingly become good friends which is a great endorsement of her skills as a top family lawyer. She would always be at the top of my short list for a beauty parade.

20 Aug 2018

Peer review:

One of London’s best Family lawyers and an expert tactician, Suzanne is adored by clients and fellow lawyers alike. She has led the way in bringing family arbitration and collaborative law to the UK and beyond. Suzanne has an unparalleled reputation for “giving back” both in terms of her contributions to the development of family dispute resolution services in England and the wider community. Tough principled and exceptionally likeable, Suzanne is a role model for all family lawyers.

07 Aug 2018

Peer review:

Suzanne is rightly acknowledged as one of the leading family law practitioners. She combines excellent technical knowledge with a practical approach.

06 Aug 2018

Peer review:

I have referred a number of clients to Suzanne over the years. I have found her to be immediately responsive, diligent and detailed whilst being totally human (which in my experience is not always the case when dealing with highly successful lawyers), practical and results oriented. I would have no hesitation in referring her.

02 Aug 2018

Peer review:

Suzanne has a huge breath of knowledge and the experience to deliver relevant advice very clearly. I have no hesitation in recommending her to my clients.

02 Aug 2018

Peer review:

Suzanne is approachable, accessible, diligent and professional. She strives to achieve the best outcome for her client, understanding the relative merits and pitfalls of all of the options available. Whilst having the ability to understand the complex aspects of the matter in hand she is also personable and able to guide and support her client as required. Suzanne is a pleasure to deal with. She is both empathetic and straightforward. She holds her client’s best interests at the forefront whilst seeking to find an outcome which is reasoned and well-considered.

02 Aug 2018

Private client review:

Suzanne has a grasp of every angle of family law and the many nuances that come with both a simple and a complex divorce. She is tenacious and a complete rock. What stands out for me about Suzanne however is the meditative approach she will adopt for her clients where appropriate. What could be better - strength, technical excellence, tenaciousness and the ability to achieve the best results for all her clients without creating unnecessary combat between the parties – combat that often does little to change the ultimate outcome. Suzanne will avoid where possible taking her clients through long and bitter court battles and that is another major differentiator. This is an adviser who is not living in the old and antagonistic days of family law – her approach is modern and forward thinking and reflective of today’s changing and challenging society. I would recommend her every time.

01 Jun 2018

Peer review:

Suzanne acted for me in an international divorce and financial case. I always felt in safe hands and was impressed by Suzanne's ability to respond to my queries. She had a firm grasp of the facts and details of my case and was able to be approachable and amenable on the one hand but showed a steely edge where necessary. I have no hesitation in recommending her to other clients.

07 Feb 2018

Peer review:

We have had the pleasure to work with Suzanne for nearly 5 years. She is utterly lovely, technically brilliant and very good with clients. Most importantly clients trust her judgement and advice.

Richard Rogerson    RFR   
18 Jan 2018

Peer review:

Suzanne has worked with my clients for over a decade and exudes proficiency in all aspects of family work, including prenuptial agreements, cohabitation matters and resolving complex financial issues for high net worth families. Suzanne is able to maintain a clear hand, she’s sympathetic and will avoid court where possible. She will always get my 5*vote.

20 Nov 2017

Peer review:

Suzanne is always top of mind when thinking of who to approach. Great with clients and a real pleasure to work with.

28 Sep 2017

Peer review:

Suzanne is incredibly hard working and diligent but she's also very warm and approachable. I can't think who else you would want to represent you.

20 Jul 2017

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Divorce of a high net worth individual who does not live in the UK

I acted for a high net worth individual who does not live in the UK. He asked for advice about divorce proceedings in various jurisdictions where he could potentially raise a claim. I collated that information and ultimately decided the best jurisdiction for him. I then obtained all of the financial disclosure required in the case (which was voluminous) together with detailed tax advice from the relevant jurisdictions and commenced a negotiation with the wife's solicitor to resolve the case without the necessity of Court proceedings. Ultimately, a swift solution was found having "front loaded" all of the work . The client was very pleased with the outcome particularly since he knew his case was difficult but was grateful it was resolved quickly and amicably. He has subsequently referred many other clients to me.