Noted for her proficient representation of solicitors facing allegations of dishonesty and breaches of Accounts Rules, among other issues. She regularly appears as an advocate before the SDT.Chambers and Partners 2022
She really fights her client’s corner and is particularly good at making legal arguments which tie the SRA in knots.Chambers and Partners 2021
Nigel West & Susanna Heley stand out. They have an excellent knowledge of the relevant law.Legal 500 2021
Susanna Heley is “an extremely intelligent and resourceful litigator who has presence, empathy and a very practical mind,” according to clients. She regularly advises legal professionals on disciplinary and regulatory proceedings, with a focus on SRA appeals to the Court of Appeal.Chambers and Partners 2020
Formerly of RadcliffesLeBrasseur, Susanna is a Partner in our solicitors regulation team.
She is a litigator specialising in regulatory law and professional disciplinary work for solicitors and other legal professionals, in addition to general commercial litigation. She has also acted for solicitors challenging the refusal of professional indemnity cover.
Susanna acts for individual solicitors, partners and employees in all professional disciplinary matters including SRA investigations, applications and appeals relating to Practising Certificate conditions, disciplinary proceedings before SRA adjudicators, LeO complaints, referrals to the SDT, statutory appeals to the High Court, including challenging intervention decisions and appeals against sanctions as well as judicial review proceedings.
In addition to advising solicitors when things go wrong, Susanna advises on compliance and reporting obligations and has assisted COLPs and COFAs in relation to investigations concerning compliance with their duties and in connection with applications for approval as role holders. Susanna also advises on data protection, the Separate Business Rule, applications for recognition and approval and Alternative Business Structures.
Through her work with the City of Westminster and Holborn Law Society, Susanna has been involved in lobbying in relation to policy development and has spoken about legal regulation and current regulatory issues to international audiences. She has a regular column in the Solicitors’ Journal as a regulatory lawyer and is a contributor for LexisNexis on regulatory matters, in particular in relation to conflicts of interest.
Susanna acts for solicitors, including individuals and employees and commercial entities of varying sizes from sole traders to large group companies and profit and non profit institutions predominantly in service, retail and manufacturing (including research and development) industries.
Susanna Heley and Nigel West (who is also a partner at the firm) are co-authors of the 2019 and 2022 editions of The Solicitor Disciplinary Tribunal — law and practice.