Top Recommended Family Lawyers
Susan Apthorp is both Ray Tooth’s right-hand woman and ‘an outstanding family law solicitor’ in her own right. When Spear’s meets the pair, they brim with bonhomie and finish each other’s sentences. However, there’s no doubt that Apthorp has attained an unique eminence in family law out of her own hard work and abilities: ‘She has a depth and breadth of experience not available elsewhere in London — her track record speaks for itself,’ one QC enthuses.
Apthorp, who joined Sears Tooth as a partner in 2008, specialises in complex financial remedy cases, jurisdictional battles and private law children cases. She is valued by the high number of HNWs she advises for her ‘sound judgment, tenacity and her ability to resolve matters’.
She says big firms are passing on the most time-consuming cases due to their complexity. ‘Unlike many larger firms we are interested in pursuing novel points of law, even if that doesn’t always translate immediately into profit,’ says Apthorp. She adds that Sears Tooth is known for helping clients extricate themselves from difficult situations.
Asked for lessons from her 23-year career, Apthorp replies: ‘It’s very important not to involve the children in the crossfire and to remain focused on your client’s litigation aims.’ Humour is also a tonic: ‘If you can make your client laugh, tensions tend to ease.’