Pump Court Chambers

Susan Campbell QC

Call: 1986 / Silk: 2009

  • BVC, Inns of Court School of Law
  • MA Hons (Cantab) Law
  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Western Circuit

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Susan Campbell QC practices in all areas of family law; both public and private proceedings. Although based in London, her practice takes her to courts throughout England and Wales. She has particular expertise in cases involving injury to children, having conducted many cases relating to brain injured babies. A large part of her practice concerns the serious fact finding hearings relating to emotional harm, sexual abuse and neglect.

She is regularly instructed on behalf of both public bodies and private individuals, and undertakes publicly funded work. Family Finance also forms an important feature of her work; for which she accepts privately paying instructions only.

Susan is regularly involved in training seminars and lecturing.

Susan practices in all areas of family law; both public and private proceedings. Although based in London, her practice takes her to courts throughout England and Wales. She has particular expertise in cases involving injury to children, having conducted many cases relating to brain injured babies. A large part of her practice concerns the serious fact finding hearings relating to emotional harm, sexual abuse and neglect.

Notable recent cases involve

  • Securing return of children to their parents where the local authority alleged induction or fabrication of illness in one child, requiring surgical intervention over a 12 year period (cross-examining experts about FII – previously known as “Munchausen by proxy”)
  • Securing return of two children to a mother who was alleged to have  allowed her child to be subject to repeated sexual abuse
  • Successfully defending a step-grandparent who faced allegations of causing fractures to a baby
  • Representation of parents with significant learning disability, severe psychological problems and depression
  • Allegations of poisoning of child over an extended period with prescription drugs and allegations of arson
  • Allegations relating to unusual inflicted injuries and sexual abuse of infants and children
  • Contested rehabilitation of infant child to her parents in circumstances where an older child of the family died at the hands of a parent; human rights issues were engaged
  • An infant death case which preceded criminal proceedings for murder – raising important issues about confidentiality and issues relating to access by the police to expert reports and other material generated by the fact finding process
  • Frequent cross-examination of medical experts in relation to the interpretation of brain pathology, neurology, histopathology and radiology
  • Fact-finding cases where children have died as a result of inflicted injury or suffered life threatening injuries
  • Issues relating to questions of publicity of information from care proceedings to the press and generally
  • The use of the inherent jurisdiction to place children over 17 in secure accommodation
  • Issues in the Court of Protection relating to urgent interim removal of an elderly adult from home against her will
  • issues relating to osteopenia of prematurity and osteogenesis imperfecta in relation to fractures in children
  • Court of Appeal decision relating to the adequacy of judgment and case management decisions – representing the Children’s Guardian

Legal Services

Selected Cases

Re A, B, C, D & E [2015] EWFC B186
Re J (A Child)[2013] EWCA Civ 1685

Court of Appeal – adequacy of judgment and case management decisions – litigant in person.

D McG v Neath Talbot County Borough Council [2010] EWCA Civ 821 [2010] 2 FLR 1827

Court of Appeal – Adoption – Care – Specialist parenting assessment of parent with learning difficulties.

W (A Child) [2010] EWCA Civ 321

Court of Appeal – Application by mother to appeal an interim care order.

Re B [2009] EWCA Civ 1243 [2010] 2 FLR 1445

Care Order: Adjournment of Fact Finding Hearing. Court of Appeal – Sexual abuse – right to fair trial – allegations against vulnerable adult.

Re B [2009] EWCA Civ 1243

Care Order: Adjournment of Fact Finding Hearing.

Somerset County Council v D & Others [2007] EWCA Civ 722 [2008] 1 FLR 399

Court of Appeal.

Re L (Children) (Threshold Criteria) [2007] 1 FLR 2050 Hedley J

In relation to significant harm.

Re L [2006] EWCA Civ 1282, [2007] 1 FLR 1068

Court of Appeal.

Re G [2006] EWCA Civ 745, [2006] 2 FLR 1092

Court of Appeal.

  • BVC, Inns of Court School of Law
  • MA Hons (Cantab) Law
  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Western Circuit

Instructing Susan Campbell QC

Would you like to know more?

If you require help or advice please contact our clerking team.

Call +44 (0)20 7353 0711 or email clerks@pumpcourtchambers.com.

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