On the Preferred Barristers List for VLA.
Books: co-author of "Criminal Appeals and Reviews in Victoria", Corns, Borg and Castle, 2017.
Presentations: Presented at the 35th Economic Crime Symposium at Cambridge University on Art Fraud along with Tom Gyorffy QC and Gabriella Coslovich (journalist).
Presented at the 36th Economic Crime Symposium at Cambridge University on the following topics:
(1) Human Trafficking - with Szilvia Booker - Barrister and Jason Sugarman QC – Barrister (both of Foundary Chambers – London, (UK)
(2) Taxing Crime, and
(3) Divesting Criminals of ill-gotten gains in a world without Financial Borders.
1989 Admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria
1991 Signed the register of the High Court of Australia
2006 Admitted to the Supreme Court of England and Wales.
8.11.1991 Signed the Bar roll.
1989 – 1991 Associate to His Honour Justice Philip Cummins
1999- 2007 Sessional member of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal
2003 – 2007 Part time member of the Migration Review Tribunal (took leave whilst in the UK)
2006 – 2007 Part time member of the Refugee Review Tribunal (took leave whilst in the UK)
2005 – 2007 Crown Prosecutor and Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in London.
2007 – 2017 Crown Prosecutor for Office of Public Prosecutions appearing in homicide, sexual offences, fraud including art fraud and other complex criminal trials as well as in the Court of Appeal.
Susan has over 28 years experience as a barrister. During the past 18 to 24 months Susan has appeared mainly in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in complex trials and appeals.
Her trial work includes homicides, sexual offences, frauds including art fraud and other complex criminal trials.
Susan also worked in the Family Law jurisdiction for 8 years and has recently returned to practicing Family Law.
Since April 2008 she has appeared in trials alone or has led junior counsel. The legal arguments involved in these trials have included stay applications, tendency and coincidence evidence, severance of trials, complicity, hearsay evidence, incriminating conduct, admissions, specialised knowledge, unfavourable and unavailable witnesses.
Susan has examined and cross-examined a variety of experts including forensic pathologists, DNA experts, senior scientists with expertise in the epidemiology of HIV and its transmission, psychiatrists, psychologists, handwriting, ballistic, voice identification experts and engineers.
She has prepared written cases for and appeared in interlocutory, conviction and sentence appeals.
During her 27 years at the bar, Susan has held a variety of positions including that of a Crown Prosecutor (Vic) (2007 - 2017); Senior Crown Prosecutor (UK) (2006 - 2007); Sessional Member of VCAT, the Migration Review Tribunal and the Refugee Review Tribunal (1999- 2007), the Psychologists Registration Board (2003 – 2006) and was a Member of the Therapeutic Treatment Board (2017) which is responsible for the treatment of children who engage in sexually abusive behaviours.
Susan co-authored a book published by Thompson Reuters in July 2017, titled Criminal Appeals and Reviews in Victoria, along with Professor Chris Corns and Adrian Castle. The chapter on appellate advocacy, which was written by Susan, provides practical advice to legal practitioners on the preparation required to appear in the High Court and Court of Appeal, the appearance itself, and the importance of written submissions as the basis for the oral advocacy.
Susan presented at the 35th Economic Crime Symposium at Cambridge University on Art Fraud along with Tom Gyorffy QC and Gabriella Coslovich (Journalist).
Susan also presented at the 36th Economic Crime Symposium at Cambridge University on Human Trafficking, Taxing Crime and Divesting Criminals of ill-gotten gains in a world without Financial Borders.
Susan is trained in the use of electronic briefs.
Prior to becoming a Crown Prosecutor, Susan practiced in many areas at the Bar including:
· Criminal law,
· Administrative law,
· Civil litigation,
· Family law, and
· Children’s Court.
In 2010, Susan travelled to Papua New Guinea with a contingent from the Bar and the Judiciary to teach their equivalent of the Bar Readers Course about advocacy.
2014 Criminal Bar Association Committee
2014 - 2017 Supreme Court Users Group
2016 Equality and Diversity Committee
2016/2017 Human Rights Committee (which has given rise to an interest in Human Trafficking and Slavery
2018 Health & Wellbeing Committee and Human Rights Committee.
In 2013 Susan completed the “Accredited Advocacy Coaching Course” and assists at the Bar Readers Course.