Susi Gillespie

Susi Gillespie

Partner & Head of Family DR

01892 337542 / 07765 237579
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Susi Gillespie is Head of Family Dispute Resolution, which unites the firm’s mediation, collaborative law and, soon to be introduced, one couple one lawyer service and offers clients innovative solutions to resolve family disputes outside of court.

Susi Gillespie is a results driven family lawyer with more than 17 years’ experience family law. She joined Thomas Mansfield’s Tunbridge Wells office in late 2017 to set up the firm’s family team and she successfully grew the team from initially just her to a large team spread across several offices.

The 2022 edition of The Legal 500 recognised Thomas Mansfield’s family team’s “strong presence in the South East/Kent and clearly established reputation for providing excellent representation and client care whilst also keeping fee levels/structures transparent and at a reasonable and realistic level.” Susi has been recognised in previous editions of Chambers and Partners for her “enthusiasm and straightforward attitude”.

Susi is qualified Resolution Accredited Specialist in the areas of complex financial remedies and cohabitation (unmarried) disputes. Resolution is the largest membership organisation for family justice professionals in England and Wales and the Specialist Accreditation Scheme recognises members who demonstrate excellence in the practice of family law and in their specific areas of expertise.

Susi is also a Law Society Accredited Mediator and a Collaborative Lawyer which means that she can offer her clients an alternative method of dispute resolution from the traditional adversarial approach. Mediation is a cost effective and family focused way of assisting couples to end their relationship and plan for their family’s future. Collaborative law provides a means of achieving family led solutions in a non-confrontational way by agreement and discussion in client/lawyer meetings with the aim of avoiding court proceedings.

Experience and recent work

Susi’s experience and expertise lies in the resolution of financial disputes between married and unmarried couples and on children matters. Susi’s preference is to resolve these disputes in either a mediation or collaborative setting.

In so far as financial matters are concerned, Susi is fully aware that the worry associated with the financial division can be more stressful than the separation itself. Susi will assist in achieving a fair division of the matrimonial home and assets through a process of firm and fair negotiation on her clients’ behalf.

When it comes to children matters, Susi advises on issues relating to the arrangements for where children will live and how often they will spend time with their other parent post separation, as well as removal from jurisdiction cases. Susi understands that when couples are separating from each other, both parties will continue to be parents to their children. Susi actively assists parents to focus on their children’s well-being; whether this is through negotiation, collaboration, mediation or through the Court process.

Susi also regularly advises clients in respect of pre and post marital agreements as well as cohabitation or ‘living together’ agreements.

Memberships and accreditations

  • Law Society
  • Resolution
  • Kent Resolution Committee Member
  • Resolution Cohabitation Committee
  • Family Mediation Council

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Client testimonials

Reshma was available to listen at a time when I needed the reassurance. From our initial chats her expertise and confidence were enough to put my mind at rest.
Client, UK
Highly professional, approachable and empathetic, the advice Susi gave was superb and she was quick to reply and advise at all times.
Client, UK
The process of a getting divorced is unpleasant and unfamiliar, and so it is important to have quality, compassionate and clear advice. Thomas Mansfield offered this in abundance and together we were able to navigate the unsavoury business as efficiently and as effectively possible.
Client, UK
My experience of dealing with individuals at the firm is that they demonstrate a great amount of empathy, care and tact at dealing with tricky family law issues. Susi Gillespie in particular continually demonstrates a firm, yet sensitive approach, which is gratefully appreciated.
Client, UK
Susi provided invaluable advice and support throughout my divorce.
Client, UK
Efficient team, easy to work with – they have gone above and beyond to help in my case.
Client, UK
These past few months have been extremely stressful, but knowing Hollie is there to help me navigate these difficult divorce waters has helped me immensely.
Client, UK
Fantastic service, fast response. Would recommend TM to anybody looking for legal assistance.
Client, UK
In my dealing with Susi, I have found her knowledgeable professional and very client driven in her dealings with me. In particular, Susi has explained complex legal matters outlining the pros and cons of a situation in a way that has been easy for me to understand.
Client, UK
I would recommend, and indeed have recommended, Susi to my friends, confident in the belief that she would provide the same excellent service to them, as she has provided for me.
Client, UK
All the staff I had dealings were very professional and approachable. I would highly recommend Thomas Mansfield Family Law.
Client, UK
The team have been amazing, explained everything along the way and gave me great advice with my international divorce.
Client, France
Service and efficiency. Compassion and transparency
Client, UK
Reshma was amazing with my initial consulting. She broke down the step by step process which I needed to take to move forward in my situation. I would definitely highly recommend.
Client, UK
Great service and advice received throughout the entire divorce process.
Client, UK
Clear communications, and an honest and authentic response to challenging questions. They also listen, and properly listen to concerns. I would highly recommend Thomas Mansfield, and especially Susi Gillespie.
Client, UK
Their responses are always prompt and the team is attentive.
Client, UK
Thomas Mansfield Solicitors ‘has expertise and great strength in all areas of family law’, with ‘solicitors of outstanding ability at a range of fee levels to meet the client’s circumstances.’
Legal 500, 2023
Thank you for once again for all you kind, warm and efficient help with what has been a fairly difficult time in my life.
Client, UK
Thomas Mansfield has a very strong presence in the South East/Kent with offices in a very wide range of towns and across London.
Legal 500, 2022