Susi Gillespie

Susi Gillespie

Partner, Director & Head of Family Law

01892 337542 / 07765 237579
[email protected]
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Susi Gillespie is a results driven family lawyer with more than 16 years’ experience family law. Susi joined Thomas Mansfield’s Tunbridge Wells office in late 2017 to set up the firm’s Family department and was appointed a director in 2019. The 16 strong team now numbers 10 lawyers, 1 trainee and 5 paralegals and support staff.

The 2022 edition of The Legal 500 recognised Thomas Mansfield’s Family department’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 a 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 a trained mediator and 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

  • Resolution
  • Kent Resolution Committee Member
  • Resolution Cohabitation Committee

Client testimonials

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
Susi was great and helped me navigate an arduous and painful process.
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
Susi provided invaluable advice and support throughout my divorce.
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
All the staff I had dealings were very professional and approachable. I would highly recommend Thomas Mansfield Family Law.
Client, UK
Great service and advice received throughout the entire divorce process.
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
Susi was 100% on my team from start to finish. Extremely professional and highly recommended.
Client, UK
The team have been amazing, explained everything along the way and gave me great advice with my international divorce.
Client, France
Fantastic service, fast response. Would recommend TM to anybody looking for legal assistance.
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
The team have been amazing, explaining everything along the way and giving me great advice even though mine was an international divorce.
Client, UK/Spain
TM Family Law have given great advice, clear explanations and been very thorough and professional in their work.
Client, UK
Susi skilfully guided me through my divorce, which was complicated by the fact I jointly owned a business with my spouse.
Client, UK
Excellent matrimonial and family law advisors and advocates.
Client, UK
Thomas Mansfield has an established reputation for providing excellent representation and client care, while keeping fee levels transparent and reasonable.
Legal 500, 2022

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