Suzanne Hargreaves

Year of Call:
2015
Practice Areas:
  • Crime
  • Family
    • Profile

      Suzanne joined Cobden House Chambers in October 2017 following the successful completion of her pupillage. Suzanne accepts instructions in criminal and family law.

      Criminal Law

      Suzanne is regularly instructed to prosecute and defend. She has experience in the Crown Court including defending at trial, representing appellants and respondents in appeals from the Magistrates Court and appearing in preparatory and sentencing hearings. (She has been instructed on a wide variety of matters involving violence, threats to kill, theft and sexual offences and is currently instructed on cases ranging from serious violence to firearms and blackmail.) Suzanne has extensive prior experience of multi-agency working which has proved extremely useful in criminal matters where there has been social care involvement.

      Suzanne undertakes work in the Magistrates’ Court. She also has experience in regulatory matters such as licencing.

      Suzanne accepts instructions in all areas of criminal law, prosecuting and defending, commensurate with her experience.

      Family Law

      Prior to joining Cobden House Chambers, Suzanne forged a successful career as a consultant in multi-agency child protection, specialising in online behaviour and the use of technology. She has a comprehensive knowledge of multi-agency working (including in areas such as child sexual exploitation and domestic abuse).

      Suzanne has experience of a wide range of Children Law matters having appeared regularly before the Family Court in her previous role within the Children and Family Department of a large local authority. She has also had experience of cases involving mental health, trafficking, and capacity issues.

      Suzanne accepts instructions in both private and public family law matters.

      Hobbies and interests

      Suzanne enjoys music and plays a variety of instruments. She enjoys walking her dogs and the great outdoors when time allows!

    • Notable Cases

      R v Francis [2019] EWCA Crim 1201

      Successfully appealed the imposition of the minimum sentence of 5 years imprisonment in the case of a woman found to be in possession of a sawn-off shotgun. The Judge at first instance had declined to find that exceptional circumstances applied in this case. The Court of Appeal accepted the submissions of Ms Hargreaves finding that exceptional circumstances did apply and reduced the term of imprisonment from 5 years to 3 years. 

    • Qualifications

      Year of call: 2015 (Inner Temple)

      Legal Qualifications: 

      GDL (Distinction) BPP, 
      BPTC (VC) MMU 
      BPTC Scholarship MMU. 
      Dean’s Award (Advanced Criminal Practice)