Susan Grocott KC

Year of Call: 1986, Middle Temple

Kings Counsel: 2008

Susan grocott
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Susan undertook pupillage in London in Fountain Court where she was a pupil of Peter Goldsmith, the former attorney general and David Railton, and at 5 Pump Court with Michael Jennings. 

In 1988 Susan joined Queens Chambers in Manchester and established a mixed common law practice which evolved into a busy family practice particularly in money work and care proceedings.

Susan moved to the family team at Deans Court Chambers in 2002 from where she continued to build a formidable reputation as a leading family practitioner in both money and children work. Susan’s practice has always encompassed all aspects of family and related work including professional negligence claims in the family field, TOLATA, declaratory work and judicial review.

In 2008 Susan was appointed to the rank of King's Counsel. She was Leading Counsel for the Local Authority in Re S-B.

Susan has developed a reputation for a meticulous eye for detail and powerful straightforward advocacy. In silk Susan continues to undertake both money and care/private law children work and she increasingly undertakes advisory work for various public bodies on practice/policy issues.

Susan is a speaker in demand and gives seminars on a variety of topics both in chambers and to a number or organisations in the North and overseas.


“Susan Grocott’s expertise is second to none. She has superb advocacy skills and breadth of knowledge in family matters.”

Chambers & Partners, 2024

Notable Cases

  • Re R (Care Proceedings: Causation) [2011]


    EWHC 1715 (Fam) [20011] 2 FLR 1384

  • Re S-B (Children) [2009]


    UKSC 17 [2010] 1 FLR 1161

  • Lancashire County Council v R [2008]


    EWHC 2959 (Fam) [2010] 1 FLR 387

  • Re AB (Care Proceedings: Disclosure of Medical Evidence to the Police) [2002]


    EWHC 2198 (Fam) [2003] 1 FLR 579


  • Co-Chair, Legal Services Committee
  • Vice Chair, Ethics Committee
  • Head of the Family Team
  • 2004 Recorder (Northern Circuit) – Crime & Family (Public and private Law)
  • 2011 Deputy High Court Judge, Family Division

Professional Associations

  • Family Law Bar Association, Joint Chair Manchester Committee
  • Northern Circuit Administrative Law Association
  • Manchester Family Justice Council – FLBA rep


  • Oulder Hill Community School
  • Exeter College, Oxford BA (Oxon)
  • Inns of Court School of Law