Susanne Batchelor
Job: 
Partner
Location: 
Edinburgh
Direct line: 
+44 (0)131 656 0218
Email: 
susanne.batchelor@brodies.com
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Susanne was assumed as a partner in May 2009 having joined Brodies as an Associate in January 2008. Since qualifying as a solicitor in August 1999, Susanne has specialised in private client work, an area to which she is dedicated and thoroughly enjoys.

Susanne advises on a variety of asset protection matters including wills, estate and succession planning, inheritance tax advice, formation, management and termination of trusts, charity law, powers of attorney, guardianship and intervention orders, planning for nursing home care costs and the administration of executries. She specialises in advising on cross border estates dealing with individuals and assets all over the world. Susanne has a significant interest in the area of adults with incapacity – she is an appointed financial guardian for a number of individuals and gives advice to families with regards to power of attorney and capacity issues. She also deals with the set up and administration of personal injury trusts – some of significant value.

Susanne is accredited by The Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in Trust Law (re-accredited June 2015), and she is also ranked band 2 within the Chambers & Partners High Net Worth Guide in relation to Private Wealth Law. Susanne is also a recognised specialist throughout the UK in setting up Family Limited Partnerships (FLPs). FLPs are an alternative tax planning vehicle to trusts and Susanne has been responsible for completing a large number of these for our clients, ranging from £1m to £45m in value. She has also contributed a number of articles in various publications on FLPs, as well as regularly speaking on the subject.

In addition to being a qualified lawyer, Susanne is also a member of STEP and the Association of Taxation Technicians. Susanne also tutored on the Diploma in Legal Practice at Edinburgh University for a number of years. She is a regular speaker at home and abroad (most recently presenting to STEP members in New York) and is a frequent contributor to articles published in journals and in the press.

Susanne prides herself on delivering excellent client service. Working with the fantastic team at Brodies, Susanne ensures that clients are clear on all aspects of costs and timescales as well as ensuring updates on progress.

 

'The bulk of the work that I undertake involves trusts and estate planning and she has been absolutely fantastic in this area,' says an interviewee, adding: 'I have worked with her for a number of years and she has a down-to-earth, straightforward approach which clients like. These areas are complicated, but she can deal with them in a straightforward way and has a good bedside manner too.'

Chambers UK High Net Worth Guide 2019

 

 

'Susanne BATCHELOR is a ‘safe pair of hands’ who ‘always looks for innovative strategies’ and is noted for her ‘excellent work ethic and great rapport with clients’

Legal 500 UK 2017