Susannah Johnson is a civil practitioner undertaking a range of child law and personal injury work, with a particular emphasis on claimant child abuse, an area she has been working in as a senior junior since 2009.
As well as being noted for her advocacy skills, Susannah is known for her sound judgment and for her sensitive approach to vulnerable clients.
Susannah is based in London and has been in practice at 7BR since 1997.
Susannah is a highly experienced advocate who regularly appears in the High Court in complex public and private law cases. She acts for parents, guardians and local authorities and acts for parents in international child abduction cases. Susannah also has experience in forced marriage and Court of Protection cases. She has attracted positive comment on her advocacy skills from both clients and the judiciary.
Susannah is a contributor to Family Law Journal and to chambers run seminars and events, giving talks on areas of topical interest.
Susannah has considerable experience across a broad range of civil cases. She specialises in Claimant personal injury work based on historical and recent sexual and physical abuse in institutional settings such as schools, places of detention and care homes and in the context of the care system.
Susannah is frequently instructed on behalf of individuals and claimants in group actions based on negligence and vicarious liability against the Ministry of Justice, local authorities, organs of the Catholic Church and other religious organisations in relation to institutions including:
Susannah set up and is head of the Claimant Child Abuse group at 7BR. As a highly experienced former criminal practitioner and specialised rape prosecutor Susannah is used to dealing with the difficulties often encountered in sexual abuse cases and in advising on matters of disclosure, public interest immunity and privilege.
Susannah advises on strategy in the context of concurrent criminal and civil proceedings and the tensions that can arise between the differing rules about disclosure in criminal and civil cases.
Susannah is regarded as a highly skilled advocate with a sensitive approach to cases and as someone that clients find open and easy to talk to about difficult and distressing matters.
Susannah is committed to protecting and respecting the privacy of individuals. In order to provide legal services, including advice and representation services, Susannah needs to process personal data. This will include client’s personal data and the personal data of others who feature in the course of any matter upon which she is instructed.
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