Susan Campbell KC
Recognised in the Legal 500
Chambers is delighted to congratulate Susan Campbell KC on her ranking as a leading silk on the Western Circuit by the Legal 500 in the area of Child Law (Public and Private). Susan joined chambers as a full member in 2019, having been an active and valued door tenant for several years, and is described by the Legal 500 as having ‘an innate ability to put clients at ease in the most upsetting and trying situations. She goes the extra mile to ensure that clients feel that they have had their say but also that they understand the process.’
Susan’s main area of practice relates to cases involving children. Since taking silk in 2009 she has spent most of her career involved in complicated High Court cases representing those accused of serious injury or death to children. She has a particular interest in cases involving medical issues around brain injury and FII cases.
In her most recent cases she has represented individuals facing allegations related to honour killing, gang rape of a child, forced marriage and abduction as well as allegations of serial sexual abuse of teenagers.
Whilst much of her work involves fact finding hearings regarding serious issues in public law proceedings, she is experienced in representing clients in the Court of Appeal and also represents those facing allegations in private children law proceedings plus cases involving learning disabled and vulnerable adults, LGBT issues and human rights.
She accepts instructions, both legally aided and privately funded, from all parties to proceedings including Local Authorities and Guardians.
MA Hons (Cantab) Law
- Inns of Court School of Law Bar Vocational Course
- Pupillage in London at 13 Kings Bench Walk in personal injury
- Employed by Devon County Council for 6 years post pupillage conducting care proceedings, prosecuting trading standards offences, conducting planning enquiries and prosecuting for Dartmoor National Park Authority and DCC conducting a Boundary Commission for the authority, representing DCC at inquests, advising in relation to statutory functions of the local authority as required – highways, education care home etc., and advising on Adoption Panel. Susan pioneered a training course for social workers in relation to giving evidence within the authority.
- Seconded for one year as Legal Advisor to the Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Constabulary dealing with a wide variety of issues including civil claims and conducting disciplinary proceedings on behalf of the Chief Constable.
- Transferred to the independent bar in 1994 – one year of general practice including criminal work with Devon Chambers in Plymouth.
- Joined Southernhay Chambers in Devon in 1996 and specialised in public law.
- Joint Head of Chambers from 2004 until 2010.
- Took Silk in 2009.
- Susan has been heavily involved for many years as a lecturer on Continuing Professional Development courses for lawyers and other professionals throughout the country, on behalf of Pump Court Chambers and Magdalen Chambers.