Susan Eskinazi qualified as a solicitor in 1983 and established the firm of Eskinazi and Co in January 1998. Susan is a specialist in the law relating to children, both private and public law. She obtained a Diploma in Child Protection at Kings College, London in 1994 and became a member of the Law Society Children Panel in 1995. In addition Susan is an accredited specialist with Resolution in the areas of private Children Law, Child Abduction and Domestic Violence.
Susan is a member of Reunite the charity for abducted children and is a specialist solicitor on the panel of the International Child Abduction and Contact Unit. She specialises in both International and Domestic Adoption and Surrogacy and is Legal adviser to Norwood Adoption Agency. She is also a trained Mediator and Collaborative Lawyer.
Susan has worked extensively with cases of domestic violence. She was a Trustee of Barnet Women’s Refuge and also provided a series of lectures to the Police on Domestic violence.
Susan represents children both in Care cases and private law cases including where the children are the subject of their parents dispute for residence, contact and other orders. She was a Trustee of Childline and sat on various of their committees.
Susan has been involved in a number of high profile and reported cases: She represented six infant plaintiffs in judicially reviewing the London Borough of Barnet in their decision to close Kingswood, their special needs nursery situated in Finchley. It was the first challenge of its type under the Children Act. (R V London Borough of Barnet ex-parte B (1994) 1 FLR 592)
In the case of G ( Abduction:Psychological Harm ) (1995) 1FLR 64, Susan represented a mother who had fled to London with her 3 children . This case was of special interest at the time as an example of an occasion where, given that it was accepted that the mother must remain the children’s primary caretaker, the risk to the parent of a return to the USA was such as to create a risk of harm to the children and was therefore sufficent to justify refusal of an order for return.
In the case of the Internet twins, Susan represented the twins’ birth father in America following the twins’ mother having sold the children over the Internet to an English couple. (Flintshire County Council U K (2001) 2 FLR 476)
Susan was runner-up Legal Aid lawyer of the year for 2006.