Partner/Director & Head of Family Law
Susi Gillespie is a results driven family lawyer with more than 14 years’ experience in family law. Susi worked in a Legal 500 regional firm from qualification until the end of 2016 when she joined Thomas Mansfield Solicitors and set up their family law department. Thomas Mansfield’s Family Law department which began with just Susi and a paralegal in January 2017 now boasts 7 lawyers as well as several paralegals and admin staff spanning 3 offices. Susi became a director of the firm in 2019.
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.
In 2010 – 2015 Chambers and Partners UK recognised Susi as a ‘Notable Practitioner’ and latterly as an ‘Associate to Watch’ praising her for her ‘enthusiasm and straightforward attitude’.
As well as being a member of Resolution, Susi also sits on the regional Kent Resolution Committee and on the central Resolution Cohabitation Committee.
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 is a qualified Resolution Accredited Specialist in the areas of complex financial remedies and cohabitation (unmarried) disputes. A Resolution Accredited Specialist is a member of the national body of family lawyers, ‘Resolution’ who has chosen to ‘test their skills and expertise through a rigorous assessment of their knowledge, abilities and the way they work with their clients and other professionals’. The accreditation is recognised by the public, legal professionals and the judiciary as a mark of excellence.
“Susi Gillespie from Thomas Mansfield solicitors was incredible. Through no fault of my own, my wife and I were pushed into family law territory that we were very unfamiliar and uncomfortable with. Susi explained the legalities of my situation to me, how what I was being asked to do was unfair, and had my back the entire time. She fought in my corner and the end result was exactly what my wife and I wanted. Susi was 100% on my team from start to finish. Extremely professional and highly recommended.” Derek N